Been on a tour of Utah the last couple weeks. Made some cool stops looking for bighorn sheep, and finished a goal I set last year to find and ride the highest legal roads in Utah. There are some discrepancies in what the highest roads are. Some are private property, and have gates limiting how high you can go. Some have been closed to motorized traffic and turned into foot trails. So it's been a quest to find just how high you can legally get on public land with an atv. On this trip, I rode up to the top of three contenders. One of them ended up being in contention for the highest road. It topped out at 11,425 feet. I found a place last summer that topped out at 11,500 feet, but the legality of the last few feet is questionable. So, Fish Lake Hightop Plateau at Tasha Spring looks like it's in the top three for the highest point in Utah that you can take an atv.
Mt. Brigham road tops out at about 11,100 feet. The road continues to 11,680, but it's private property so it doesn't count.
The Tushar Mts. top out over 12,000 feet, and still have lots of snow at the end of August!
Found this really cool purple rock behind Mt. Brigham
Miner's Park and Bullion Falls on the way to Mt. Brigham
Upper Box Creek Res on the way to second high peak, Monroe Peak.
Manning Meadows Res.
Hunts Lake from Monroe Peak, which topped out at 11,227 feet.
Looking at Zion National Park across the canyon
Found this nice ram near St. George, Utah
I love this pic. I parked my Prairie and hiked up a mountain to look for sheep only to find that the sheep came down the mountain and started feeding right by my atv! They weren't sure it belonged there, but eventually got comfortable with it.
This little lamb walked by me within ten yards. I was fully camoflauged, but he knew that "bush" over there looked kind of weird! Something wasn't right..... LOL.
One of the best things a Utahn can see while out riding.....a herd of sheep standing on a cliff above the trail.
Some pics from my second trip to central and southern Utah. Did another high road the first day, then went WAY back into the back country. One of the trails I went on still had my tracks in the mud from my last trip out there in 2014! Nobody goes out there.
A great 50" trail on the Paiute:
The top of the Tushar Mountains at 11,468 feet:
To get this pic required an 8 hour drive, 38 miles of 4x4 towing over a dirt road, and a 90 minute atv ride (with winching)!
Rock Creek Bay
My friend at what I call "hand rock" pictograph panel. Probably less than a hundred people since 1965 have seen this. It's absolutely the most remote place my atv's have ever been.
Woolsey log overlooking Rock Creek. This tree saw dinosaurs walking around it.
My friend on one of the craziest roads in Utah. Several folks died making this road called the Kelly Grade.
The underground coal fires that give Smoky Mountain it's name. They've been burning for hundreds of years.
A cool wash near Lake Powell called Crosby Canyon. This road was illegal to ride during the Obama years, but the people (and Mr. Trump) have opened it to OHV use. Thank you!
And Glen Canyon Dam that forms Lake Powell as seen from the US89 Bridge.
My last camper had some structural issues so I bought another one.
This one is just over 11' and has a built in generator, bigger shower and some nice counter top space.
I went camping last weekend up in Gooseberry and camped in the Gooseberry Campground.
There were only two other campers in the campground.
I think I got the best spot.
Next week I'm heading out to spend a few days riding the Arapeen Trails.
The fall colors were spectacular.
I stopped and had lunch at one of the picnic tables that the Paiute Trail Committee has placed along the trails.
We have placed them along the Paiute Trail, Gooseberry and Great Western Trail. 31 tables in all.
Went for a ride close to home today to test out the new valves and check for leaks. It was a picture perfect fall day in the Great Basin desert. 60F degrees, sunny, and no wind.
A rock crawlers place called "Little Moab".
This is an entrance to a cave called Nutty Putty Cave. But it's no longer a cave. They blasted the entrance closed 10 years ago after a kid got stuck in a narrow section and died. It was really sad, and it had to be one of the worst possible ways to die imaginable. He got stuck going down head first. He was upside down and his arm was stuck under him. It was dark and really hot in the cave, but rescuers were able to get down to him to keep him hydrated. But eventually, the effects of being upside down for so many hours made his heart give out. And because the rescuers couldn't pull him out or get by him, his body is still down there.
I have a buddy who works for Search and Rescue, and he was at the scene the whole time. To this day, he has a hard time talking about this tragic accident.
The family put this plaque at the cave mouth. There's also another plaque opposite of this that thanks the hard work of the Search and Rescue teams.
Getting ready for a ride down in Majestic Tails this weekend and thought it was kinda neat to see 2222. Also probably 2 of the most important mods one can have are the a/f gauge and trail tech temp gauge. Both let me know whats going on and the a/f gauge makes tuning a breeze. Nice 14.3 at idle, little cold still at 154F on the trail tech. Hard to see but the trail tech is right above the cluster.
A few pics from last week. Went into some REAL remote country. Saw a few people here and there, but basically was alone for 7 days. It was great!
Most lifelong residents of Utah never see any of this stuff....