UTAH National Parks. Absolutely amazing ride. We entered Utah in early April. The weather was perfect for what a V-Twin Harley wants, 75 degrees and beautifully sunny. We all knew this holiday ride could be spectacular. Weather you call your Harley a motorcycle or motorbike, this guided tour was amazing. Utah did not fail to impress us all. From vast open desert plains with monolithic rock monuments, deep Colorado River canyons, 9600 ft elevation passes to awe inspiring Bryce Canyon. This motorcycle ride is a guided tour offered in 2016 with Motorcycle Adventure Tours.
Our first of Utah National Parks was Arches NP, an area of natural rock formations shaped and ground by thousands of years of winds and blowing sand. This has created incredible natural arches bored in the rock monoliths and inspiring formations such as Balancing Rock. You view Balancing Rock with great wonderment as to how it was formed and even more, how does it remain in place. It won’t last forever, but for now it’s amazing. Next was Canyon Lands NP. No let down here from it’s name. The view from the canyon rim is rivaled only by the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Both the depth to the Colorado River and the rugged beautify of the canyon walls is breathtaking. The 4 days to follow took us through Glen Canyon, Capital Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante. Each park along the way had it’s own individual attraction, while all the way building our expectations for what way to come.
Our last of Utah National Parks was Bryce Canyon. If you haven’t been there in the spring, put it on your bucket list. Absolutely gorgeous. with or without the snow, but the snow added great impressions to the view. Riding from the base of the canyon to the top of the SW rim took us to 9100 ft elevation. Considering it was an early April day we felt fortunate to have the temperatures in the mid 50’s nearly all the way. One of our riders earned a road name at this point, “Chucker”, due to the fact he road ahead of us far enough to position himself at the apex of a corner with a supply of snow balls to chuck at us as we passed by.
Motorcycle Adventure Tours will be adding this ride to it’s 2016 line up of tours, so keep the website handy for more information soon. You can also visit their Facebook page to see more pictures of Utah and past tour rides..