Utah Canyon Country
Experience the beauty, majesty and solitude of the Utah canyon country in the best way possible: on the back of a BMW motorcycle. Majestic arches, spiraling rock formations, and Indian ruins await you on this tour.
Day One – Grand Junction, CO to Moab, UT: Starting in Grand Junction we’ll take paved roads over to the Uncompahgre Plateau. The Uncompahgre Plateau offers wonderful views of the La Sal and San Juan Mountains plus seas of gold in the fall when the aspens change. Dropping down off the Plateau we visit the historic Hanging Flume and then on to Hwy 141 up to Gateway. From Gateway we ascend Browns Canyon and up to the La Sal Plateau, down to Castle Canyon and in Moab.
Photo Credit Paul Guillien
Day Two – Moab: Enjoy a day of touring Arches National Park, hiking Canyonlands, white water rafting the Colorado River, or mountain biking the world famous Slickrock Trail. Moab has too much to offer to not spend a full day here.
Photo Credit Jon Beck
Day Three – Moab to Monticello: Leaving Moab we will take Hurrah Pass to Cave Spring Trail and Hwy 211. Leaving Hwy 211 we head into the Abajo Mountains, Abajo means “blue” in Navajo, and then over to Monticello, UT.
Day Four – Monticello to Bluff: We will follow Montezuma Creek down to Hovenweep National Monument, one of the most significant paleo Indian ruins in the United States. After spending 4-5 hours visiting Hovenweep we will ride over to Bluff, UT for the night. Bluff is a beautiful small town surrounded by sand stone bluffs overlooking the San Juan river.
Day Five – Bluff to Bullfrog Landing: Starting the day with a diversion to world famous Monument Valley, Arizona. We will then follow the Trail of the Ancients up to Natural Bridges National Monument. Following a quick tour of Natural Bridges we will explore the Bears Ears and then head down to Bullfrog Landing, where we will take the ferry across Lake Powell to stay at the Bullfrog Landing Marina.
Day Six – Bullfrog Landing to Boulder: Deep in the heart of Utah’s canyon country we will follow the Burr Ridge Trail up the west side of Capitol Reef National Park and then head up into the Water Pocket Fold and in to Boulder, UT.
Day Seven – Boulder to Green River: We start out of Boulder on Hwy 12 and then ride through Capitol Gorge and the South Desert of Capitol Reef National Park visiting Cathedral Valley and the Temple of the Sun and Moon.
Photo Credit Paul Guillien
Day Eight – Green River to Grand Junction: most motorcycle tours would have a repeat ride on the final day: Not at 106 West! We will ascend 4000ft/1200m of winding dirt road into the Bookcliffs. Then proceed over remote Baxter Pass and drop down to Fruita, CO.