Empire Canyons Tour
There's a variety of ways to comb the motorcycle roads of the Grand Canyon, both sides (called rims). The closer you look, the more roads you'll find, not all, however, are conducive to riding motorcycles and can drive completely past the best parts and completely around it. This particular visit we're heading from Southern Utah's Cedar Breaks towards the beautiful awe-inspiring North Rim of the Grand Canyon. If you ride, know that a visit to the north side verses the south rim is like - night and day, and COMMERCIAL. One side has hundreds of forested twisty roads, the other straight and unattractive. The view from the north is about 1000 feet higher than the south, so you stand above the canyon walls of the east. The down side
of the North is that it's not open all year long
, closed from Dec 1st - May 15th each year. Why? SNOW.... and really cold. One year we went up on December 1st and this is what we were greeted with a CLOSED GATE.
We dropped down into the north side of the Grand Canyon via the summits of southern Utah.
Come with us as we experience the beautiful meadows and pastured lands of a favorite among rides.
Stopping along the way in some of the small towns gathering hotel information and breaks
Images like this capture moments of the greater western plains of the United States on the route.
Check out the out-house...l.
At least they still had a Sears Catalog handy and a spittoon hanging on the fence.
A good reminder of just how much wild life wanders close to the highways. At dusk we were passing herds of deer, revealing the need to be extra careful and slow down.
Miles and miles of unending beauty as we get closer to the Treasures of the North Rim
This was a delightful Bed n Breakfast Inn that we stayed in on a different trip - The Clarion. Today, isn't a time for this great place run by an older couple with pristine rooms and excellent food.
As you can see, we are now crossing some of the adventurous plains of southern Utah for a few hours.
Climbing out of the valley up towards the Canyon, we still have many miles to go.
How sweet they are...
The hills and long sweeping curves just keep on coming
This was a disturbing scene as much of the forest has burned to the ground. We saw this burning last year when we were.
Still though the roads are smooth and clean for great motorcycle riding
Just about the time you start spotting these wide lanes of grasslands, lined with pine trees you're just about there.
I thought if I held the camera a little bit of an angle it would make Ania look like she's getting her knee down ;)
Motorcycle Roads of the Grand Canyon :)
As can be seen the trees were just starting to change color everywhere with beautiful red and gold colors.
We're getting closer and closer and trees are starting to fill in the gaps of the grasslands. And we're also starting to lose the day to the night.
Closer we get to the Grand Canyon, the tighter the turns which we were carrying full loads was about as fun as we could make it. One turn caught me by surprise, going to a bit to fast but all was well except my britches.
There are people living in the area, so trucks parked right out in the middle of the street is seen often. And then of course, us tourist... just park it!
Time started to wind down for us this day. As things go, the camp grounds were full and were having a hard time trying to find a decent place to stay. We definitely couldn't afford a hotel down here that run a couple hundred a night and had our gear to camp. We started looking around some pretty decent dirt roads for a place to stay the night and found this WONDERFUL spot out in the woods. Scary?... Hahaha
The Day is Gone...
Right in the middle of nowhere we found this camp area, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I must admit, it got pretty scary at night with no protection and animals howling but still we had a great time.
Well, we made it through the night. Here's my little princess up and ready to get started on day 3, right after we round down some coffee somewhere.Day 2Empire Canyons TourOther Multi-Day Tours