In the fall, there is no better place to ride than SW Utah. Lucky for me, the fall colors are only about 600 miles from my house, and with that in mind, I headed to Torrey, UT a couple of weeks ago. My purpose was two fold: one, a group from www.bmwsporttouring.com was there, and two, the colors were in full bloom!
If you are planning on heading up, I suggest a straight shot up I-15 to Cedar City, then east on UT 14. This will take you to Cedar Breaks, Brian Head, and then Panguitch, UT. From here, hop over to Utah 12 and take it over the mountains through Red Rock Canyon, the Grand StairCase near Escalante, and over the mountains to Torrey. When in Torrey, I suggest the Boulder View Inn as a great place to stay. Susan, the innkeeper, runs a tight ship-the rooms are large, clean and pretty good views of the surrounding foothills. You won’t be disappointed! At the other end of town (the whole thing is walkable in 25 minutes) is “Slackers,” a burger place with killer chocolate malts and good simple food. Very reasonable for the area-you can get a malt, burger, and fries for less than $10.
Here are a few pix. Enjoy!
On UT12 heading off the summit down toward Torrey…
This makes a great three day ride from the LA or Central Coast area. Riders that have a bit more time may elect to visit Zion or just hang out in Torrey or Escalante for an extra day. The riding is magnificent. Hope to see you on the road soon!