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These are all great suggestions! I have seen them all with my planned rides but I did get lost once and luckily ended up going thru Glenn Canyon which was a pleasant surprise and a fun ride. Zion, Bryce and of course, the Grand Canyon are incredible scenic rides. Heck, everything out that way is incredible!
I will be riding them again this year along with Banff and Glacier National Park...my favorite ride in this beautiful country

Glenn Canyon.
 

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Utah is my favorite place to ride. I've ridden my Scout from British Columbia to Utah once a year since i bought it and will probably do it a third time in June.

Here are my favorite rides in the area:

Good Utah, Bad Utah
Bad Utah

Salt Lake City sucks. It’s a gargantuan six lane concrete slab sprawled out across a dry lakebed, an endless series of industrial parks and gas stations. There is no reason to be there on a motorcycle. Stay away.

I-15 in general is dreadfully boring all of the way from Logan to Dixie National Forest / Cedar City. Wide open prairies, an occasional mountain range way off on the horizon. Stay off I-15 as much as possible and you’re golden.

Good Utah
National Parks & Recreation Areas

As far as Utah goes, these are my personal favorite national parks & recreation areas:

1. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area & SR-95 (Bicentennial Highway)
~200 km of the most unbelievable landscapes I’ve ever seen. Zero people, zero services. Just hours upon hours of scenic insanity. Stop at every overlook, investigate every little side road (assuming you have enough gas with you), speed as much as you want, stop and smell the canyons every chance you get. #2 and #3 are probably more deserving of the #1 spot but personally this is my favorite motorcycle road in the world.

2. Zion National Park
There is a reason it’s the most popular place in Utah. Completely stunning in every direction at all times. The only downside to Zion is that it’s the most popular, meaning it’s absolutely loaded with tourists every single day. Traffic crawls but who gives a shit when you’re in possibly the most beautiful place on Earth. Take your time, even if you’re getting sick of people waving selfie sticks around you might only get to see it once so see as much of it as possible. Set aside at least the majority of a day for it. Take the crowded tour bus to the Temple of Sinawava, do it all, go into debt if you have to.

3. Bryce Canyon National Park
Impossible to choose between Bryce and Zion for #2, please for the love of god go to both. It’s possible to do both in a single day but you have to rush it, please don’t rush it, both of them absolutely deserve their own day and all of the time you can give them. Bryce Canyon is a one way street that winds up into the sky, the best way to experience it is to drive all of the way to the top without stopping (try not to hit a deer on the way up, good luck). Take a piss and a picture at the top and then start making your way down the mountain one overlook at a time, stop at every single one of them. When you do it this way every view is more incredible than the last and there are so god damn many of them. Try to be at Sunset Point for sunset and when you’re at Sunset Point you must do the Navajo loop trail, even if your feet hurt. One of the best things about Bryce Canyon is that you can actually walk down into the views.

4. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument & SR-12 (Journey Through Time Scenic Byway)
~250 more km of the most ridiculous scenery, a violent eyegasm undisturbed by tourists and traffic. Wake up in Bryce or Hanksville depending on the route you take and head for Utah State Route 12, have lunch in Boulder at Hell’s Backbone Grill. Again, stop at every overlook, investigate back roads, take as many scenic pisses off as many cliffs as you can..

5. Arches National Park
Up there with Zion in terms of popularity, also for good reason. Very slow going in Arches but that’s how it ought to be. Poke around, eat some jerky, stay hydrated, stay patient.

6. Capitol Reef National Park
Short and sweet, but very sweet. Basically a Grand Staircase-Escalante expansion. Most of the really cool shit is a short hike off the highway, so every time you see a sign that says “Such and Such Point” slam on the brakes and check it out. Make sure you stop at Swing Arm City, notorious dirt riding area.

7. Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Point
Not quite as fun as some of the places above but Grand View Point and Dead Horse Point are as iconic as any other overlooks in Utah and totally worth checking out. Moab is an amazing town, off-road mecca.

8. Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, and West Wendover
The Bonneville Flats need no introduction. Wendover should be a surprise. If you’re only going to get a small taste of Nevada on this trip, let it be West Wendover.

Pro-Tip: The only salt flats rest area worth stopping at is only accessible from the westbound highway.

9. San Rafael Swell & Black Dragon Point
A ridiculously cool section of I-70, short detour from the very strange town of Green River.
Pretty much covers it all .... The motel in Torrey has a bunch of Tee-Pees set up to camp in. They are pretty nice even for a stop and look.
 

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After reading thru this everyone seems to have covered the must sees. I’ve been riding to Moab from Chicago since the early 90,s. The Boss “my wife’s” favorite place in America and she’s hit 48 states with me. Here’s another I don’t think mentioned it’s the LaSalle loop. Catch it just south of town there’s a sign for Kens Lake. Follow it up across the top and it will drop you in the middle of Black Bills canyon. Open range so cattle and horses are common so be safe. Any time we roll west across colorado we always drop south off of Rt 128 down thru Black Bills canyon and stop in Moab for a few days. And the ride from Denver to Grand Junction is awesome for an interstate ride. I’ve hit everything mentioned in this thread but no way in hell your doing it in one trip unless you loads of time. Dead Horse canyon and Escalantes staircase is another couple. South out of Moab you can catch a road not sure the route # into Naturita and into Gateway colorado excellent canyons. Well good luck with the trip if you do make it stay safe plenty to see
 

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Dead Horse Canyon this is where Thelma and Louise actually launched at the end of the movie. Presumably the Grand Canyon. Many John Wayne movies also filmed out this way
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We'll be trailering the Chief and the Scout down there to spend about four days in the area and take in some of that incredible scenery. If anyone has any suggestions, tips, recommendations, etc., we're all ears!
Everyone that’s mentioned the ride on 128 is spot on. Both the ride in from I-70 (get off at the Cisco exit make a left then a right after you come under the highway.) and the ride out from Moab are spectacular, and, while the same roadway, a completely different ride in each direction. If you’re not the religious sort, you will be after that ride!

Once in Moab, Walker Drug can help you with any sort of small items you may need. From groceries to sunscreen as well as a full service pharmacy, they’ll have you covered. There is also a True Value next door for any hardware or tools you may need.
For someplace to eat, the Mexican restaurant next to Walker is great for lunch or dinner. The Moab diner which is right across the street is a great spot for breakfast, but my favorite is the Jailhouse Cafe about 2 blocks north on Main St. An absolute can’t miss is Milt’s. Milt’s Stop & Eat - Burgers, Shakes, Fries & more. Get there by 11:30 or be prepared to wait. Awesome burger, fresh cut fries, real milkshakes and Malts.
In addition to the National Parks, make sure you get out towards The entrance to Hell’s Revenge. You’ll pass “Lions back” along the way and end up near Potato Salad hill. Usually find some group of chuckle heads out there trying to make their way up the side.
The Gonzo Inn was always a nice place to stay but there are a number of newer chain hotels as well to be found in the area. If you want to toss some bigger $$$ there are some amazing ranches out in 128.
Be safe, have a great time!!
 

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Right now there are signs posted at every entrance to Moab alerting visitors that there is no place to stay or camp. The locals have made it pretty clear at this point and time that visitors are not welcome.
Yeah, I heard that. Unfortunately, everytime I say I'm from NY, everyone equates that to New York City which angers me so much because NYC has never been anything but a PIA to us Upstat'ers. I wish they either make it a separate state or saw that area off and let it float out to sea....with our Governor as it's captain.
 

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Yeah, I heard that. Unfortunately, everytime I say I'm from NY, everyone equates that to New York City which angers me so much because NYC has never been anything but a PIA to us Upstat'ers. I wish they either make it a separate state or saw that area off and let it float out to sea....with our Governor as it's captain.
Lmao right here my man south Bronx born and raised 29 years before I left for Chicago. Now 34 yrs here and Arizona bound by September year round riding finally ! I see you also boxed
 

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Lmao right here my man south Bronx born and raised 29 years before I left for Chicago. Now 34 yrs here and Arizona bound by September year round riding finally ! I see you also boxed
Smart man! LOL! I wish I could head out there with ya'! Tell me, what is your secret ... how did you convince the 'boss' to move out there? If she wasn't here, 2 things would happen immediately; I'd leave this God-forsaken state and, I'd make space in the living room for my bike LOL!
 

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Smart man! LOL! I wish I could head out there with ya'! Tell me, what is your secret ... how did you convince the 'boss' to move out there? If she wasn't here, 2 things would happen immediately; I'd leave this God-forsaken state and, I'd make space in the living room for my bike LOL!
LOL believe me BamBam I thought like that for years ! We talked about it for years after riding thru on the bike off and on. I thought the grandkids were going to be a big deterrent on her part at first. But our grandkids are getting older now and they’re busy in their own lives and don’t have as much time for grandma anymore LOL which I told her was going to happen. And after our three sons and daughter told her we would leave you and Dad here in a heartbeat if we could go someplace warm and make the money. In fact our oldest left over four years ago for Arizona never came back but to visit once. .We’re 25 miles outside of Chicago now so it’s not that bad but I can’t take these winters I’m done they’re killing me. To old to spend 6 months waiting for 6 months we’re on the backstretch now. So trying to make the best of what’s left and who knows what that is ! Maybe we’ll bump into each other running west 1 year who knows roll safe and Good luck hopefully you’ll exit too !
 

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Thanks all for the great info here, everyone -- we're reading them all and our plans are still on -- fingers crossed -- for the trip, at the end of May, hoping this quarantine stuff is pretty much over with. We'll see....
 
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