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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 496 miles / 798.2 km
  • Ride Time: A Weekend (2 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $37.70
  • States Visited: Utah, Wyoming
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We decided to have a 'getaway weekend' and took this ride on the weekend of June 5 and 6. This is a big ride where we overnighted in Vernal, UT. We left Ogden around noon on Saturday and arrived into Vernal around 5-6 pm. Vernal has quite a few motels you can book ranging from 'reasonable' to 'WTF!?!?!?' Red Canyon Lodge is really nice, but pricey (actually, anything around Flaming Gorge is expensive.) Just research them on the web and find one that suits your taste.The start of this ride can begin anywhere around Ogden. The routing is up Ogden Canyon, which is a nice twisty 5 mile ride to Pineview Res. Over Trapper's Loop to I-80, nice vistas here. Then on to Wanship, UT, where there is a restaurant called 'The Dixie Chicken' (or something like that.) We have never stopped there but friends say the food is good. Then on into Kamas, where you will pass Rockport Res on your left, nice view area there, the campgrounds are a little barren though. At Kamas you can take a side trip to 'Smith and Morehouse Res' which is beautiful.Once you get to Kamas, make a right at the Chevron (?) and go a block to the grocery store, on the opposite side of the street from the store you will see a Volker's Bakery white van, stop and get a loaf or two, it is EXCELLENT! All the bread is baked daily and they have quite a variety. We stop there EVERY time we go thru Kamas. The van isn't there on Sundays, day off I suppose.As you are heading up Wolf Creek Pass, after Francis, UT, the road starts to twist and turn and the temp starts to drop as well. Beautiful ride, just watch the speed heading down the road can catch you off guard REAL FAST!Once you come off the east side of the pass you will go thru a series of small towns; Tabiona, Hanna, Utahn. . . There is a roadhouse in Hanna where there are always bikes parked, seems to be a popular place.Once you get to Duchesne, UT the ONLY gas station in town at the east end of town which has a Subway. If you would like to have a little picnic, go to where the Rodeo Arena is (about 4 blocks south of HWY 40) there is a river-walk along the Strawberry River which is a nice place to relax. We've even seen beaver swimming in the river.From Duchesne to Roosevelt is a pretty fast road, speed limit is 65mph but everyone on it is NASCAR bred. DON'T do this stretch at night! It runs along the Strawberry River which is all agriculture country and the deer LOVE this area, don't be surprised if you see a dozen roadkill or more.Once in Roosevelt just follow HWY 40 out to Vernal where you can stop, eat, rest etc. . We took a side trip out to Dinosaur National Monument, but the Quarry site was closed for remodeling (the building started to slip off of the foundation) they have been working on this for several years now w/ out a visible signs of progress, there is a nice auto-tour thru the park where you can see petroglyphs, fossil tracks, etc. . .In the town of Naples, UT there is a restaurant (Naples Inn, I believe) that has KILLER breakfasts, large portions and reasonably priced too. From Naples, head back into Vernal and take US 191 north towards Dutch John, UT. Make sure to stop off at Red Fleet State Park, amazing sandstone here.You can either go into Dutch John to see the Flaming Gorge Dam and come back to UT 414 (maybe 10 miles round trip) or just take UT 414 straight out to Manila, UT. Near the top of the ridge you will see a sign for 'Sheep Creek Geological Loop' (maybe a 15 mile loop) it's kinda dull for the first mile or two, but once you start to drop down into the canyon it becomes AMAZING! there are a few stretches of dirt road here but none are longer than a half mile. If you choose not to do the loop you will not be disappointed because there are some truly breath-taking vistas on top.From Manila, UT to Mountain View, WY and on to Kemmerer, WY the wind can really kick up and make the ride suck, just persevere through it and you will not be disappointed. From Kemmerer, WY take US 30 west, 'Fossil Butte National Monument' is along this stretch, we didn't stop, but it looks interesting.From here you can either head east to Bear Lake and head down Logan Canyon into Logan, UT and Brigham City, UT back to Ogden, or, drop down to Woodruff, UT and come across Monte Cristo Pass into Huntsville, UT and into Ogden. Both are beautiful rides.I hope this helps. It is a great ride, but 'Windy Wyoming' can be hard on a bike.Be safe!!!

This is a motorcycle ride in the states Utah, Wyoming. This motorcycle route has 11 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by FatZac in June. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by FatZac

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

UtahDave2 says:

I haven't ridden the entire route, just the first part Ogden to Duchesne.

The map above shows a ride from Kamas to Heber to Duchesne on US 40. The description is from Kamas to Hanna to Tabiona to Duchesne on Ut 35. I've done both.

The US 40 route is a better road, passing lanes and wide sweeping curves. More traffic, better maintained. Your best choice if you are in a hurry, but still has good views. An average ride.

The Ut 35 route is a smaller road, more twists & turns. Not as wide, more likely to get behind slow movers with fewer oppertunities to pass. Not as many services, but the ride is short enough that you shouldn't need them. Beautiful ride.

"Eggs on Main" in Kamas is a good place to eat (east side of street just north of the Ut 150 turnoff. There is a Conoco about 1/2 mile south of that turn I like to use (got "bad gas" at the Chevron the author mentioned a few years back).

Taking the Ut 150 east to Evanston, Wy is also a great ride.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM






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