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    Moab or Hurricane what to do?

    Coming from coastal BC for vacation after Jeep Safari. My wife is a solid intermediate XC rider, and I'm comfortable on most trails, but prefer a more AM style.
    The question is: If we were to ride only one area which should we ride? My wife has ridden Moab, but that is the extent of our UT experience.

    We will definitely ride Fruita/GJ, and Durango, but feel two more stops may spread our 13 days Total too thin. Any thoughts?

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    Jbone -

    Hey, I'll look for you in Fruita, I'll be out from SoCalif April 9-18! We'll be in Fruita / Moab / Hurricane. But remember, we'll be driving from Los Angeles, so this will be a nice "loop" drive for us.

    Anyway, just my two cents: The riding is great in Fruita, GJ, Durango, and Moab. It is great in the Hurricane area too - Gooseberry, JEM, etc., BUT Fruita / GJ / Moab are pretty close to each other, Durango is a bit of a trek, but Hurricane would be a pretty good drive SW from everything else. The drive is incredible, especially if you took hwy 24 and 12, but again its a drive.

    I think you just need a longer vacation! Oh, and I'm sure you know, but check the weather for Durango for the dates you'll be there, April can still be cold / wet there.

    What dates will you be in Fruita and Moab?
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    It's a vacation after all, so cold and wet will not work out very well. Perhaps adding both UT areas and dropping Durango would be a better option?
    Our plan is BC straight to Fruita. We will arrive late on the 8th. Let's Ride!!

    What are the opinions out there regarding dropping Durango, and adding Hurricane?
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    Cold and wet! Ha! You're from BC, on the cost. Your cold and wet is definitely different than a So Cal natives!

    Well, weather averages for Durango are 30's (Fahrenheit) at night, and 60's daytime mid April. But this will be right in Durango. There are some fun trails right from town (I've done Durango twice on road trips in past years), but many of the bigger rides start well above town. You need to ask around on the Colorado forum.

    BUT, I will say, Durango is a very cool town to hang in. So its hard to say what is the best to do. April is the time to do all the desert stuff, Fruita, Moab, Hurricane, etc. As I'm sure you know, it gets smokin' hot in these places mid summer. The times I did Durango, we also did Crested Butte (about the top cool vibe mountain bike town, and flat out amazing scenic trails), this was in June / July. Temps here were fine, in fact there was still snow on the trails at the higher elevations. We did also ride in Fruita, but you needed to be on the trail at sunrise, as it was over 100 degrees mid day.

    Anyway, I'm getting off the map here... I guess if it were me, I'd have to look at the amount of days I have, and the distances between places on the map, and figure out how much driving I wanted to do. Again, Hurricane (Gooseberry, etc.) is amazing, but you have soooo much stuff in eastern Utah / Western Colorado to ride, and to just plane old sight see.

    You say, lets ride! I'm always a bit apprehensive to jump on a ride with a guy that calls coastal BC home! You guys are crazy good. We (the rest of the world) watches those videos!

    Anyway, we (I keep saying we, my wife and I, she sounds like your wife skills wise. Oh, and she'll be on her brand new Knolly, a name you certainly know from BC.) arrive in Fruita the afternoon of April 10th. We'll only be riding there on Sat the 11th, as we head to Moab for 4 days on the 12th.
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    Hey fellow BC Coaster - a few years back, we spent almost 3 weeks road tripping/riding our way through Oregon, Colorado (Fruita/GJ), Utah (Moab/St.George), SLC and Boise. I'd recommend combining Fruita/GJ/Moab for your trip - lots of trails in all those areas to keep you amused for days on end. (I haven't ridden Durango (yet) but considering their elevation I'd wonder if snow on the trails would be an issue, just like it is still here )

    St. George is a 4 - 5 hour drive from Moab and has lots of great riding. You can easily fly down to Las Vegas from Vancouver, rent a vehicle and drive to St.George (2 hours east). In fact, that's what we're doing for the upcoming Easter long weekend (and we're throwing in a hike up Angel's Landing in Zion National Park - gorgeous!).

    Have fun on your trip!
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    If you've got 13 days you should be able to hit all those spots. Like others have said, though, I think I'd drop Durango. It might be limited somewhat in April.

    I think TheotherH has it. Fly to Vegas. Hit Cottonwood one day and Bootleg Canyon the next....or both the same day.
    Days 3-6: Drive to St. George and do Bear Claw Poppy, Zen and Barrels, Gooseberry, and JEM/Hurricane Rim.... consider hiking in Zion too.
    Day 7: THunder Mountain if snow is gone (check local forums)
    Days 8-10: MOAB!!!
    Days: 11-13: GJ/Fruita


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    thanks!
    Lots of good info to assimilate.
    There is going to be great riding and sights everywhere. Whatever the vacation looks like it'll be great.
    cheers

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    As much as I wanted to experience Durango, I think it'll have to wait. Here's the newest, most updated itinerary. BC to Fruita/GJ 4 nights. Moab 2 nights. SG 4 nights. What do ya think?
    If you are into an early morning ride to show a guy your hood pm me-I'm there!
    Thanks for the help!!

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    Let me know when you are in Hcane and St G.

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    the heck with Moab! Hurrricane is great. The trails are made for pedals, not throttles. I have been in Hurricane for most of a week and plan on at least 3more days here. Having an absolute blast despite a spill on Hurricane Rim yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbone ll
    As much as I wanted to experience Durango, I think it'll have to wait. Here's the newest, most updated itinerary. BC to Fruita/GJ 4 nights. Moab 2 nights. SG 4 nights. What do ya think?
    If you are into an early morning ride to show a guy your hood pm me-I'm there!
    Thanks for the help!!

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    Sounds good, John. You should have a blast. So what are the dates you will be there? Is it the two weeks after Easter April 13-25?
    I'll probably be in St. George and/or Vegas early that first week.

    Oh, just a note on trails. I just got back from St. George and if you do Green Valley area, don't miss Stucki Springs. It had been several years since I'd done that one and it is one rippin' roller coaster. 10x better than Bear Claw Poppy right now because the eager beaver hikers tore up that trail when it was muddy and now it is pretty rough..... still fun and worth doing... but don't pass on Stucki Springs if you like rippin' fast roller coaster desert singletrack. Do it out to the spring and back. More sustained descents than BCP and much smoother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I have been in Hurricane for most of a week and plan on at least 3more days here. Having an absolute blast despite a spill on Hurricane Rim yesterday.
    Hey Shiggy, don't wear out the trails before CraigH and I get down there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheotherH
    Hey Shiggy, don't wear out the trails before CraigH and I get down there!
    I am taking more rest days than I planed. The knee is just too sore

    BUT the trails are great and the crew at Over the Edge is wonderful.

    It is very tough to wear out slick rock.

    I would say do not miss Little Creek, but you need a guide. OTE does Saturday shop rides and they went out there last weekend. I rode it twice.

    Going to shuttle ( :O ) JEM tomorrow and then off to Flagstaff.

    If SlowerThenSnot (Dave) is available he is a great guide and is fun to follow riding his fixie rigid 29er with a Wald handlebar basket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt
    The drive is incredible, especially if you took hwy 24 and 12, but again its a drive.
    Slightly OT, but my wife and I will be in Fruita the 12th through 15th, then heading to Hurricane.

    Do you think the Hwy 24 and 12 route is suitable for a Sprinter van pulling a 17-foot pop-up tent trailer? It looks like a much more scenic route than the freeway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo
    Slightly OT, but my wife and I will be in Fruita the 12th through 15th, then heading to Hurricane.

    Do you think the Hwy 24 and 12 route is suitable for a Sprinter van pulling a 17-foot pop-up tent trailer? It looks like a much more scenic route than the freeway.

    Thanks!
    Beautiful and scenic through Boulder, Escalante, and Bryce. Don't forget to stop just outside of Bryce and do Thunder Mountain (if it's snow free) and you're mountain biking.

    Then once you hit 89 head south to Zion and Springdale/Hurricane.

    Your camper and trailer will do fine on all those roads but it will take a good deal longer than the freeway and you'll pay $25 to pass through Bryce and Zion. Well worth the excursion if you haven't seen this part of the country before and you're not in a big hurry.

    Just outside of Bryce Canyon at the trailhead for the Thunder Mountain Trail
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2909458034/" title="Ibike 2008 and Moab 127 by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2909458034_1f68347769_o.jpg" width="900" height="675" alt="Ibike 2008 and Moab 127" /></a>

    Thunder Mountain trail
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2908610955/" title="Ibike 2008 and Moab 129 by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3044/2908610955_802104f36b_o.jpg" width="900" height="675" alt="Ibike 2008 and Moab 129" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2908612195/" title="Ibike 2008 and Moab 145 by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3282/2908612195_8b8611782c_o.jpg" width="900" height="675" alt="Ibike 2008 and Moab 145" /></a>

    Zion
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2908610583/" title="Ibike 2008 and Moab 125 by kentsaundra, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3059/2908610583_c03c84051e_o.jpg" width="900" height="675" alt="Ibike 2008 and Moab 125" /></a>

    Just about my favorite area in the whole world.
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    WHAT!!!!!
    I can hardly believe those trail photos. What a trip it must be to ride there.
    How do you people get any riding done with scenery like that?
    We'll be down next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbone ll
    WHAT!!!!!
    I can hardly believe those trail photos. What a trip it must be to ride there.
    How do you people get any riding done with scenery like that?
    We'll be down next week.
    No kidding. I've lived near SW UT all my life, worked in Zion and been to Bryce several times and when I did TM last fall it was my first time. It was nearing evening when I started the ride but I should've had plenty of time to pound out the 14 mile loop but the problem was there were so many mind-blowing vistas I had to keep stopping to try and capture it all. It was pretty darkish by time I finished. A truly amazing trail in so many ways.

    I may be passing by TM Wednesday the 15th (unless I can arrange a shuttle for Grafton Mesa for that day) if you want to hook up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbone ll
    WHAT!!!!!
    I can hardly believe those trail photos. What a trip it must be to ride there.
    How do you people get any riding done with scenery like that?
    We'll be down next week.
    You do not ride very fast, that is for sure.

    If you go with a local they can "forget" how great the view is and blast along. If you try to hold their wheel, you miss the scenery, too. (a down side of a guide when visiting anywhere)
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    drooling at the thought of having to even pick one or the other.

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    Our plans are not firm yet, but both rides are MUSTS.
    PM's then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Beautiful and scenic through Boulder, Escalante, and Bryce. Don't forget to stop just outside of Bryce and do Thunder Mountain (if it's snow free) and you're mountain biking.

    Then once you hit 89 head south to Zion and Springdale/Hurricane.

    Your camper and trailer will do fine on all those roads but it will take a good deal longer than the freeway and you'll pay $25 to pass through Bryce and Zion. Well worth the excursion if you haven't seen this part of the country before and you're not in a big hurry.
    Printed and stuck on the van dashboard. Thanks, KRob! I've done the drive from Fruita/Moab to Hurricane many times, but always bailed for the quicker freeway route. This time we'll do the scenic route.
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