Fall Rides Not to Miss
Utah has the most beautiful scenic routes to check out on a motorcycle when the leaves are changing. The leaves are already changing at higher elevations like along Guardsman Pass, but typically the last week of September to mid-October is peak time to see all the colors of Fall. Gear up and get ready to see some stunning fall leaves amid sharp cliffs and majestic waterfalls. Here is a brief list of rides not to miss.
Distance: 64.6 Miles
This ride covers a lot of ground and takes you to high elevation where it is cold even in the summertime. This is the ultimate ride passing through National and State parks and small towns. There are a lot of opportunities to get off your bike, look around, listen, and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Distance: 26.5 Miles
There are a few local attractions you will pass on this ride, Timpanogos Cave, Sundance, Cascade Springs, to name a few. With all the attractions it makes the road crowded making the ride more sight-seeing and leisurely making your way rather than riding. The scenery is breathtaking though, so that makes this ride worth it.
Distance: 68.3 Miles
This route was not all paved a few years ago, so sometimes it doesn’t show up on GPS. It’s a higher elevation ride up to about 10,000 ft., which also means it’s not always open due to snow. The leaves will change sooner on this ride than others in lower elevations, and a lot of sweeping turns make this ride exciting.
Distance: 42.7 Miles
This ride climbs to about 9,000 ft. bringing you to view the tallest peak of the Wasatch Mountains, North Peak. Recognized as one of the few National Scenic Byways this ride is a must see. This area is popular for equestrian camping and grazed by cattle, so you might come across herds of cattle.
Distance: 36 Miles
This ride is just east of Moab between Hwy 198 and Hwy 128, taking you away from the stunning red rock scenery to a mountain landscape. The foliage along this route ranges from dry brush with pinyons and juniper trees to gamble oak, aspens and conifer trees. The ride is all two-lane highway with no shoulders and a few sharp turns.
Give your motorcycle a look-over before hitting the road and stock up on water and snack in your saddle bags. Get out there, ride and have a great time in our backyard. These routes obviously are frequented by motorcycles and cages, be vigilant in looking for that Sunday Driver that might not see you. If there is an accident, make sure everyone is safe, call for help, get witness’ names, take pictures and call us. Keep safe!