7 Day Utah Discovery Tour
Nights of Camp/Hotel Mix
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
Breakfast and dinner will be at camp or near the hotels we stay in. There will be days when we have enough time to stop at restaurants for lunch. There will be other days we will take pre-prepared lunches to enjoy on the trail.
Proper riding gear is a must! If you have any questions about riding gear and clothing, feel free to contact us and we can cover this in more detail. In general, people tend to over pack clothing items. Besides riding gear (including a helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots), you will need layers for frequent weather changes. Consider packing a separate set of comfortable clothes/shoes to wear in town or at the hotel or camp while we are lounging.
If you have a good set of tools, it is not a bad idea to bring them; some people like to be self-sufficient. If you don’t have any (or want to save room), we should have enough tools to fix or repair most bikes on the fly.
- Tire/tube repair
- Bike rescue
- Bike-to-bike towing
- Bike packing
- GPS satellite response
- Communication devices – helmet-to-helmet and music
- Tools to bring
- Trail etiquette
- Team mentality
HOW DO I NEED TO PACK FOR ADVENTURE RIDING?
Pack lightly, efficiently, and in a way that encourages proper bike performance. We can help you with that! Since we will be camping and you will need to pack that gear on your bike, it is important to only bring what you need. If you are a seasoned traveler and have this down, great! If not, and you would like some guidance, feel free to contact us and we will assist you with packing for this trip. If you do not have camping equipment, we can assist you with obtaining rental gear. We suggest daily packing of snacks, water, and clothing for layering to adjust for the conditions.
WHAT KIND OF MOTORCYCLE DO I NEED?
There is no one answer to this question because it depends on preferences, riding ability, and of course, budget. Any motorcycle can be converted into a dual sport bike. Heck, we know people who have converted their Harleys into adventure bikes! But if you have one that’s already capable of off-road riding, you can get started a little sooner. Many brands of bikes are readily available and, having ridden and owned most of the popular dual sport bikes, we can help you find the bike that fits you best. If you don’t have a bike right now, we can help you with a rental.
WHAT ELSE DOES W38M OFFER?
Our goal is to share our passion for riding and discovering remote locations on adventure and dual sport motorcycles with those who don’t quite know how to get into this… but really want to! We were all new at this once, and we had challenges finding good information about products, trips, groups, and classes. We want to be your resource for finding not only everything you need, but the best the industry has to offer. (And then go riding!)
- Driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement
- Your own motorcycle with updated registration and proof of insurance
- If you don’t have a motorcycle or would like to rent one, we work with many reputable motorcycle rental outlets and we can assist you with bike rental.
- Luggage to carry all your camping gear, layering clothes and personal belongings while on the tour.
- Optional: GPS or phone for navigation
What is included:
- Hotel accommodations while on the tour
- Professional guide and instruction service
- Route explanation and training for the conditions
- Daily riding instruction by being paired with Sena headsets (if you don’t have a headset and would like to have riding instruction we can assist you in obtaining one)
What is not included:
- Meals: We will all be on our own for paying for and obtaining food for meals. Each day we will have opportunities for breakfast lunch and dinner. Some of these will be in camp (breakfasts and dinners) and some of these will be in restaurants while we are in town at a hotel. On the evenings and mornings we will be in camp, we will stop in towns at small grocery stores to obtain enough food for the evening and morning meals. At camp, your guides will have stoves and grills in order to assist you in preparing food over the fire (if there is not an area fire ban). We will do our best to accommodate and assist you with meal planning on camping days.
- Bring your own or
- Rent a bike rental – we can assist you with a rental if needed
- Tips/gratuities for services not related to meals
Saturday September 22nd – Meet-up Day
We all meet in the afternoon in Mexican Hat, Utah (exact time and location TBD). This evening we will be camping. The plan is to meet early enough for us to all get to our campsite and set up. After camp set up, we will ride back into town and have dinner at a local spot where we will get to know each other, trade riding stories, and talk about the upcoming tour.
Valley of the Gods Road is not to be missed and is right on the Utah BDR. This evening’s camping spot under the stars offers us peace and quiet amidst the breathtaking views and natural wonders of Valley of the Gods. After dinner in town we will head out to camp and enjoy the evening. We will have a quick breakfast in the morning before heading out.
Note: There are no bathroom facilities at this campsite
Day 1 of 7 – Valley of the Gods to Monticello, Utah
After breakfast we head out on Valley of the Gods Road with multiple opportunities for amazing photos! Today’s ride has us skipping some of the really sandy sections of this part of the route, replacing it with nice winding dirt and paved roads. We leave the desert terrain and find ourselves in the lower pine mountains, making our way through these mountain roads and land in Monticello, Utah. After filling up with fuel and getting last minute necessities, we ride north out of town to our accommodations for the evening.
Tonight our accommodations are the Canyonlands’ Best Kept Secret! As we get to relax here, enjoy learning about the history of this specific spot and what it did for wagons hauling goods across the area. Dinner, drinks and more story telling!
Day 2 of 7 – Monticello to Moab, Utah
Today’s ride is another mix of great terrain and scenery. As we leave Monticello, we skirt the alpine mountains on our way into the desert riding toward the La Sal Mountains of Utah. If this part of the route is open, we will take it. If not, we will ride below this mountain range as we gaze at their presence presiding over the area. Tonight we will camp along Kane Creek Road just outside Moab. If you have never been to Moab, you are in for a treat! The scenery looks like it is painted into the landscape!
Our camping spot is another location that provides amazing views of Utah’s Red Rock Mountain scenery. If we have time once we get to camp we can take the opportunity to ride the area before we set up camp and prepare dinner.
Note: There will be vault toilets at this camp
Day 3 of 7 – Moab to Green River, Utah
After breakfast at camp, we make our way back into the town of Moab, then head east toward the northern end of the La Sal Mountains. We skirt the alpine tundra again as we climb out of the Moab area. Our descent takes us back into the desert as we come upon Onion Creek Road. The scenery continues to astonish with multiple towering rock formations in the area known as Castle Valley. We encounter all the easy water crossings of Onion Creek and make our way to highway 128, yet another stretch with stunning views and rock formations. Soon in our view is the famous Dewey Bridge, which originally carried passengers across the Colorado River. Unfortunately, in 2008 it was inadvertently burned. It’s still there but was never rebuilt for a multitude of reasons. Just a few miles beyond the bridge we take another dirt road that takes us along the plateau overlooking the area – another great picture opportunity with gorgeous views! The rest of the ride leads us along dirt roads on either side of Interstate 70 to get us into Green River.
Tonight we will have a hotel room in the town of Green River Utah. We will enjoy a great meal at a restaurant on the river. The area is a recreation hot spot and caters to travelers and passersby! We’ll see more of what Green River has to offer on our morning ride out.
Day 4 of 7 – Green River to Nine Mile Ranch, Utah
Today’s start to the ride winds us around on nice gravel dirt roads, eventually turning off on some semi-technical and really fun two-track segments! As we make our way through this we’ll encounter some doable challenging terrain with short sand sections. When we make it through, we are back on the nice gravel road and will get to enjoy some easy twisting plains riding. Along the way we stop at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry to see some old fossils and check out the area – really cool seeing this stuff if you have never seen it! From there we make our way into the town of Wellington to gas up and grab any essentials before heading to Nine Mile Ranch, where we are greeted again with towering canyon walls and petroglyphs dating back thousands of years!
The Nine Mile Ranch, which is family owned and operated, is where we will camp, enjoy dinner, and have breakfast cooked family style! There are also bathrooms and showers!
Day 5 of 7 – Nine Mile Ranch to Soapstone, Utah
Gear up for a great day of riding alongside towering canyon walls with multiple elevation changes. As we leave Nine Mile Canyon, have cameras at the ready for pictures at the petroglyph sites. There are over 1,000 catalogued pictographs and petroglyphs in this area. One could stay here for a week and hike to many of the sites. We will move on zigzagging our way out of the canyon and back up to the Alpine Mountains en route to an area called Soapstone. Our day will end with camping in the Alpine Tundra.
Tonight we will camp at elevation in the Alpine Tundra with incredible views of the area around the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forrest. Dinner, drinks, and stories around the fire will keep us going into the night. A good and quiet night of rest, breakfast and back on the bikes!
Note: There may not be bathroom facilities at this camp
Day 6 of 7 – Soapstone to Evanston, Wyoming
Our morning begins as we traverse down to highway 150. This stretch of road is the highest paved road in Utah and will take us over Bald Mountain Pass at an elevation of 10,715 ft. As we navigate, we are met with multiple peaks reaching elevations over 10,000 feet! This highway is also named Mirror Lake Highway for the picturesque lake that runs adjacent to the road. Before we know it, we take a left on a dirt road and we are back in the mountains. Fantastic views of the Uinta Mountains continue to impress as we make our way down from higher elevation. Once we are back on flat land, we cross ranch land and the borders of Utah and Wyoming. Tonight, we will enjoy a hotel in Evanston, Wyoming.
Tonight we will be near historic downtown Evanston. After dinner, those who wish will have opportunities to walk around town and enjoy this small town before turning in for tomorrow’s ride!
Day 7 of 7 – Evanston, Wyoming to Garden City, Utah
Today is our last riding day and will certainly not disappoint! We start on paved roads that guide us to meet back up with the BDR. Once on dirt, we are reminded again at how diverse the Utah landscape is. Meandering our way along nice gravel roads with two track ranch land mixed in on a stretch or two, we will enjoy some remote back country riding. We’ll make our way through the northern section of the Uinta Mountains on our way to Garden City. As we make our way into the bustling town of Garden City, Bear Lake will be in our view. This lake appears out of place because some sections of the water look like a Caribbean coastline. Aqua-colored water and stretches of sandy beaches bring travelers to the area all summer long! Prepare to enjoy a milk shake or snack as we take in the views. From here we will head into Logan to spend our last evening together.
Garden City, Utah is near the end of the ride for this tour, although the full BDR route actually continues up to the border of Utah and Idaho. Most accommodations in Garden City are mostly owned by large property management companies and often shut down when we are there. So we will spend some time in Garden City and then head into Logan, Utah for some great wood-fired pizza and our last night together!
Price for Tour
Double Occupancy = $1995
Single Occupancy = $2295
Our Refund Policy For Tours:
If something comes up, and you are not able to make the tour, we can either arrange for a future event or provide a refund. We will provide a full refund (minus any processing fees) if you cancel prior to 14 days before the tour launch date. If you cancel within 14 days of the tour launch date, we will provide a 50% refund of your deposit (minus any processing fees). Once the tour starts, we will not be able to process a refund but will work with you for a credit towards another event.