Utah Backcountry Discovery Expedition

Welcome to RawHyde's discovery series ride on the Utah Back Country Discovery Trail. This epic ride is truly one of the most adventurous and beautiful rides available in North America.

The Utah Backcountry Discovery Trail … RawHyde Style. This 6 day ride is slightly different from the official UBDT since it takes into account the simple logistics of how to start and end a tour like this in a manner that makes sense for most folks. The official UBDT begins and ends at obscure locations that are at least a full days ride from a major airport – So RawHydes version of this epic ride begins and ends at points that have both an international airport as well as shipping and receiving locations for motorcycles.

Las Vegas is our start point and Salt Lake City is the end point for this years Utah Backcountry Discovery ride. We have made arrangements with BMW dealerships in both cities to offer shipping, receiving and priority maintenance services for our customers who wish to ship their own bikes (of any brand) to or from either end of this tour. This is an "all hotel" tour supported by a luggage van and two RawHyde guides.


RawHyde Utah Backcountry
Discovery Expedition Itinerary.

Arrival Day  Las Vegas, Nevada.  We’ll all congregate at the Silverton Casino on the southern outskirts of Las Vegas.  The Silverton is centrally located to both McCarren Intl Airport and the BMW dealership in town.  It also has a large onsite parking area for our trucks and is perfectly situated for our morning departure toward Lake Meade.
Day 01:
240 miles
Las Vegas to the Bar 10 Ranch situated on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in an unbelievable setting. Today’s ride takes us from the Silverton and out of Las Vegas through the scenic Lake Meade Recreational area and Valley of Fire state park.  We’ll have a short jaunt up I-15 to St George, Utah where we’ll take a 70 mile meandering dirt road down to the north rim of the Grand Canyon and the Bar 10 ranch.
Day 02:
290 miles
We’ll leave the Bar 10 early as today is a long but stunning day.  The first 50 miles are two track jeep trails as we head toward Fredonia Arizona.  We’ll hit the pavement at Fredonia and begin heading for Monument Valley Utah.  Monument Valley is one of the most remarkable sites on earth where giant pillars of stone rise high above the valley floor in the heart of the Navajo nation.  We’ll spend the night in Mexican Hat at a quaint little motel situated next to the San Juan River which is one of the major tributaries to Lake Powell.
Day 03:
170 miles
Todays ride goes from Mexican Hat to Monticello Utah through both the Navajo and Ute indian reservations and some of the most remote and desolate parts of Utah.  Todays ride is “classic Utah scenery” tabletop mountains, red sandstone cliffs and slickrock everywhere.
Day 04:
120 miles
Monticello to Moab. Today is our shortest days ride, and the reason is that the scenery is simply epic and we’ll be stopping frequently to take pictures and soak it all in.  We are heading for the epicenter of adventure in America which is… Moab!   Moab is situated in the heart of “slick rock” country.  The trails are solid rock and the scenery is nothing short of amazing.  You’ll enter Moab via the LaSalle Mountains which provide views that go for a hundred miles but you’ll need to pay careful attention because many of the roads be on today are at the edge of precipitous cliffs.  This is the most beautiful days ride on this trip… be prepared to take lots of pictures today.
Day 05:
240 miles
Moab to Wellington.  Todays ride becomes a bit greener… and mountainous as we leave the desert like environs of Moab and head north.  We’ll run high in the mountains  past the Uintah and Ouray indian reservations and into the mountains east of Salt Lake City.  We’ll overnight in Wellington before heading toward the Wyoming border tomorrow.
Day 06:
Todays ride is one of the most varied (and remote)  of the trip.  From the mountains near Wellington to the desolate plains near Evanston, Wyoming this is a great day of riding.  We’ll pass through a couple of large cattle ranches, over high mountains, through babbling streams and we’ll finish the official tour when we hit Evanston.  From Evanston we’ll have about an hours ride to Salt Lake City and our hotel.
Day 07:
We sadly part company and head for home with knowledge that there are lots of other adventures still to be had.  RawHyde will help with shipping arrangements, shuttles to the airport or whatever other tasks need to be accomplished to help you on your way.

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Backcountry Discovery