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Old 10-01-14, 05:44 PM
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routes and camping south out of salt lake city??

I'm on the train headed to salt lake city for my second real tour. I plan to be on the road till early December riding around the southwest. First on my list is to head to moab, and arches and canyon lands parks. Any route or free camping advice for the area would be appreciated
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Wow, sounds like fun! What about the ACA route around there, and CGOAB journals? All pavement, or some dirt?

In general, it would a good idea to hit the high-elevation parks first and migrate to the low elevations as winter approaches, just as the native Americans did in many places. You may be pressed to hit some parks before they close most stuff for winter, but you won't be fighting crowds.

On public lands in the west, there should not be any trouble with free camping, or even near small towns you can find some hidden spot for stealth camping if it's all private land and you can't get permission to camp in the town park. But it seems common wisdom to not try that on reservation land.

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Dirt would be awesome. I'm on my Salsa fargo.
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There are a few road options to Moab (I've ridden them).

South to Provo, then over Soldier Summit to Price, Green River and Moab. Soldier Summit to Price is a nice ride. A decent climb, but not too steep. However, south of Price it is a flat, narrow road with a lot of traffic all the way to Green River. Watch your mirror! From Green River the best bet is to ride I-70 to Highway 191 to Moab. There is the old highway east of Green River, but it is beat up and full of sharp potholes. Better off riding the interstate for 15 miles.

Or you could ride up to Park City, then to Duschesne, either through Kamas (more climbing but less traffic) or past Strawberry Resevoir. From Duschesne, drop south to Price and follow the directions above. There is a big pass south of Duschesne ( I can't remember the name), but it's beautiful. This route is longer, but more scenic then the Provo route.

Of course, you could also go way south through Capital Reef (awesome!).

Or go way east through Rangely, Colorado. From there over Douglass Pass to Grand Jct (short and really steep pass). From Grand Junction down through Gateway and take the La Sal Mtn Road into Moab. This is would be your most scenic option, but will add a lot of miles.

Let me know if you need more specifics on these, or if you need any hints once you get through Moab. I've toured almost all the roads in southern Utah and they are amazing.

Or maybe take a bus to Moab and spend more time in the south. It's by far the more scenic and interesting section of the state.
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Oh yes, free camping is plentiful all through the state. You don't even have to be that stealth.
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Thanks for the info. And yes more info once I get to moab would be awesome. I'm thinking provo and soldier pass is the way to go today.
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