Reserve Guided Tour by June 27, 2014

If you want to see as much of the Western US as possible on a two-week vacation, it would be difficult to come up with a better Southwestern adventure than this!

We begin in the entertainment capital of the United States - Las Vegas. If you'd like to come to Las Vegas early or stay a few days after the tour, let us know and we'll make the arrangements for you. Your motorcycle rental can also be extended.

We leave on Day One for the town of Springdale, located at the south gate of Zion National Park - established in 1919. Zion meant “resting place” to the Mormon settlers in the area. Sheer cliffs of Navajo Sandstone rising 2,000 ft. above the green valley floor, narrow canyons cut by the Virgin River, and hiking trails with steep vertical drops offer unlimited photo opportunities.

The hamlet of Tropic is located on the east side of Bryce Canyon National Park and was the home of Ebenezer Bryce, the namesake of the park. Local settlers would remark that the area was “a hell of a place to lose a cow”. You’ll know why when you see it! The road from Tropic to Torrey is an incredibly unique desert ridge top road with memorable views of all sides. It’s one of those safe-but-scary (or is it scary-but-safe?) experiences that makes traveling on two wheels such a thrill.

Capitol Reef National Park is larger than Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks combined. The park was set aside to protect the Water pocket Fold, a great hump on the earth’s surface stretching nearly 100 miles from Thousand Lake Mountain to the north to the southern boundary of the park where it meets lake Powell. The “reef” is an up thrust ridge with a cliff face that rises above its surroundings and stands as a forbidding barrier to travel. On top of Capitol Reef are white domes of Navajo sandstone that early pioneers thought resembled the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Our route takes us north, and over the next few days, we'll visit areas famous for both natural beauty and their Native American Heritage. Canyonlands, Arches, Natural Bridges and other points of interest lend plenty of opportunities for hiking and photography. Monument Valley, with its unique sandstone features rising from the desert floor, is home to the Navajo People. Roadside traders offer a vast assortment of truly unique Native American jewelry and other artful items. The local Navajo give back-road jeep tours of the region and their perspective on the history and culture of the region is an interesting complement to our view from two wheels.

We've been in primarily in the desert since leaving Las Vegas... and some mountains would be nice for a change. No problem,

Guided, Self-Guided or Road Trip
SUNSHINE HIGHWAYS

14 Ride Days

TOUR DETAILS

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2014 Dates

Aug 27 - Sept 11, 2014

May - October

March - November

2015 Dates

Aug 26 - Sept 10, 2015

May - October

March - November

Start / End City

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Duration

16 Days, 15 Nights / 14 Riding Days (or Driving)

Approximate Distance

2,800 miles / 4,506 km

Meals Included

12 Brkfst, 2 Dinner

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$4,695 / person

$2,400 / person

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* Surcharges may apply for Self-Guided Tours scheduled during Special Events

2014 Pricing will be finalized in late 2013

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we'll ride east into Colorado. The road to Durango also takes us to Mesa Verde National Park, home of some of the most extensive and well-preserved Native American habitats in existence.

The next day we'll ride another of the most famous and beautiful roads in America, the San Juan Skyway, including the "Million Dollar Highway", so named because there are actually flecks of low grade gold ore the road bed. We'll visit Telluride and Ouray, the "little Switzerland" of Colorado along the way, and maybe even take a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring. This is gorgeous country, and the lush green forests, swift streams, and mountain lakes are a dramatic contrast to the stark Canyonlands of Utah.

Our departure from Durango points us in the direction of northern New Mexico. We stop in Taos and take a run around the "Enchanted Circle" before continuing south to Albuquerque NM. We'll take the scenic route, spending a night along way, exploring ghost towns and doing what we love best, riding motorcycles. Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona and Jerome provide some of the best riding to be found in Arizona.

Then there's the hole in the ground just north of Flagstaff. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is truly spectacular and we'll have plenty of time to see it under the changing light of the Arizona sky. Stops at the best of the overlooks and lunch at the edge of the abyss will show us many perspectives of this wonder of the world. Grand Canyon National Park. We stay two nights in a classic Rt. 66 motor hotel, and options for our "day off" include hiking, a trek into the canyon on the back of a sure-footed mule, whitewater rafting, a helicopter ride, and more.

Our ride back to Las Vegas takes us across western Arizona on the legendary Rt. 66, the "Mother Road" of the USA. Time seems to stand still as we explore the roadside charm of towns like Peach Springs, Truxton and Hackberry.

Just before reaching Ls Veags we'll ride across the top of the Hoover Dam.

You can plan your flight home for anytime on the "depart" date, or stick around as long as you like. I'm not a gambler, but I'd be willing to bet that you'll feel luckier after being on this adventure for two weeks than you will after an extra night or two in the casinos!

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