Utah Loop 21 - 26 April 2002
by Dave & Jere Fredenburgh

2000 miles (including side trips), 6 days, morning temps 35-45 degrees, daytime temps from 55-70 degree, elevation 2500-9000, clear, breezy to windy conditions. Alternate motel stops noted in ( ).

Day One: Sierra Vista to Alpine (Springerville), 250 miles, beautiful trees and great roads.

Day Two: Alpine to Blanding UT (Bluff UT, Fry Canyon) 300 miles. We took Route 191, Navaho 12 through Window Rock (good gas stop), then back to 191. Open rolling, colorful rock formations, minimal traffic. Blanding is a dry town.

Day Three: Blanding to Torrey UT (Escalante UT, Bryce UT) 300 miles. High desert, rock formations, beautiful rolling roads and twisties. Side trip to Goblin Valley, about 30 mi each way, off Highway 12 at Hanksville. Returned to Hwy 12 and took our second side trip, the scenic drive south from the Visitor Center at Capital Reef about 10 mi each way; well worth the time. The Chuckwagon Motel in Torrey was excellent. Food about a ½ west at the Cliff Inn. Trout, shrimp, steaks, beer and wine.

Day Four: Torrey UT to Marble Canyon AZ (Kanab UT, Jacobs Lake , Page AZ) 400 miles. This run through Escalante Grand Staircase was the highlight of the trip! Twisty roads, aspen trees, "see forever" views, colorful rock formations. Escalante is "undiscovered", except by a few motorcyclists. Side trip to Bryce Canyon, 30-45 mi each way. Marble Canyon Lodge was doable, the food however was GREAT. Beer/wine/mixed drinks.

Day Five: Marble Canyon to Globe (Payson AZ). 400 miles. High desert, some freeway, good lunch stop at Clint Wells.

Day Six: Globe to Sierra Vista 200 miles. Warmer, and in our case WINDY.

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