Need advice for SW Utah trip timing? - K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2006, 10:36 am Thread Starter
RRG
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
Posts: 62
Need advice for SW Utah trip timing?

I am planning to take my wife on a week trip thru Utah next year. Arches, Bryce, Zion etc. We will fly and rent a bike out of either Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. She is a teacher, so our trip must be between early June and early August. Does anyone living in the area have a recommendation for the time of year and why. I assume it will be hot the entire time, but is rain more frequent at certain times? Is it hotter at certain times? Is there a time that is less crowded?

RRG
98' Red Checkered

Last edited by RRG; Jul 17th, 2006 at 10:42 am.
RRG is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2006, 10:40 am
Veteran
 
JamesTexas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: River Oaks, TX, USA
Posts: 2,088
Sept. 15 -30 is the Best time. Try to go as late as possible it can be very warm. I love that area.

James...

A little bit off plumb
JamesTexas is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2006, 11:31 am
Statmaster
 
eljeffe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Plano, TX, USA
Posts: 2,313
We just did a trip through southern
Quote:
Originally Posted by RRG
I am planning to take my wife on a week trip thru Utah next year. Arches, Bryce, Zion etc. We will fly and rent a bike out of either Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. She is a teacher, so our trip must be between early June and early August. Does anyone living in the area have a recommendation for the time of year and why. I assume it will be hot the entire time, but is rain more frequent at certain times? Is it hotter at certain times? Is there a time that is less crowded?
We just finished a nice weeklong 4000 mile tour of NM, AZ, UT, and CO. We started in Texas, and if we exclude Texas from our stats, here's what we saw weatherwise:

Hottest Temp: 94 (between Flagstaff and Page, AZ)
Coldest Temp: 42 (over Cedar Breaks in Utah)
Temp on the Clifton/Alpine Run: 47 low, 86 high
Temp on the Eager/Payson/Flagstaff Run: 68 low, 92 high
Temp on the Flagstaff/Page Run: 76 low, 94 high
Temp on the Page/Torrey Run: 42 low, 84 high
Temp on the Torrey/Paonia Run: 56 low, 92 high

Not bad for being in 2 of the "perceived" hottest states in July.

I've attached some Google Earth views of some parts of our route. I'll try to finish my trip report with pictures tonight or tomorrow
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	route1.jpg
Views:	29
Size:	101.2 KB
ID:	2941   Click image for larger version

Name:	route2.jpg
Views:	24
Size:	61.8 KB
ID:	2942   Click image for larger version

Name:	route3.jpg
Views:	23
Size:	72.3 KB
ID:	2943   Click image for larger version

Name:	route4.jpg
Views:	29
Size:	96.3 KB
ID:	2944   Click image for larger version

Name:	route5.jpg
Views:	22
Size:	76.0 KB
ID:	2945  

Click image for larger version

Name:	route6.jpg
Views:	24
Size:	59.5 KB
ID:	2946  

Become a Supporting Member of K-Bikes.com
__________________
El Jeffe
Plano, TX
'06 K1200GT Crystal Grey
'04 Sprint RS Caspian Blue
__________________
"I can make a woman orgasm so hard she screams out random numbers. Those numbers end up being winning lottery numbers." - Techfiend
eljeffe is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2006, 12:37 pm
Noob
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Brighton, MI, USA
Posts: 21
I just returned from a one-week vacation in Southern Utah June 28th to July 7th. We stayed in a Snow-Ski resort in Brian Head Utah (10,400 feet). When we flew into Las Vegas, the temperature was 117 degrees by 1noon, the ski resort condo at our 9:00 PM arrival time was 50 degrees. Was typically high 70s during the day.

Page was in the 90s, Kanab 90s and the Grand Canyon North Rim was around 80 with rain in the morning, sun the afternoon. Rain blew through nearly everyday in the mountains, sunny most days 10 mile south in the National Parks. We drove a van 1, 400 miles on trips to Zion, Page/Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon North Rim.

Definitely look into staying at the lodge on the North Rim (requires 6-month to 12-month advance booking). I rented a Harley from a dealer north of St. George and ended up returning it early because the temperature hit 105 degrees took the fun out.

I also plan to go out next year for an on-week trip and rent a motorcycles (in September), the roads and scenery are fantastic.

1964 Honda CL72 250
1968 Honda Z50
1989 Yamaha 4-Wheeler
1991 Honda CR 125
2001 Honda CR 250
2001 Honda VFR
2003 BMW GT
Randys is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2006, 12:53 am
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Nibley, Utah, USA
Posts: 176
September is the best month, temps are moderate and the colors are fantastic. Barring that, early to mid June would be better than July or August. Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures as you will be experiencing elevations that can vary by several thousand feet on a day ride, and the high desert can get very cold at night. Make arrangements to carry water with you on the bike and enjoy the ride!

Best,

GTRider
GTRider is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2006, 2:46 pm
Addict
 
carnadero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sillycon Valley, CA, USA
Posts: 640
Quote:
Originally Posted by RRG
She is a teacher, so our trip must be between early June and early August.
Seems to me that the earlier you go the better. As the summer wears on, the heat builds and the monsoon will come into play. If you wait until August, the chances for inclement weather or extreme heat is probably greater.

Black 2002 K1200RS - "The Beast" (over 100k miles)
carnadero is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2006, 11:46 pm
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Jacksonville, OR, USA
Posts: 108
FYI regarding the North Rim Lodge. I called the Lodge directly last summer and booked a room with 30 days notice. Maybe I was lucky or I wondered if the direct call helped.
bbenn75820 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trip from New Orleans to Las Vegas...advice.. Gravity K1200RS/GT (Classic) 12 May 9th, 2006 8:52 pm
FridayBob's trip diary to Death Valley in January FridayBob Ride Tales 2 Feb 23rd, 2006 12:14 pm
tampa-canada-alaska alcan hwy trip advice billbeemer Ride Tales 2 Dec 23rd, 2005 5:54 pm
Utah Trip Oct. 2005 JamesTexas K1200RS/GT (Classic) 10 Nov 5th, 2005 9:55 am

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome