A Porsche Runs Throught It Home
This three-day tour covers
lightly traveled highways in sparsely settle areas of Idaho and Montana,
Lewis and Clark territory for the most part. Starting in Boise, Idaho,
the tour begins with a run up the Payette River Canyon, skirting the
Sawtooth Wilderness Area, and following the Salmon River to Lost Trail
Pass, where the Lewis and Clark expedition nearly collapsed in starvation
while crossing the Bitterroot Range. The second day of the tour in Montana
passes through the Missoula National Forest, Helena National Forest,
the Lewis and Clark National Forest, and the Gallatin National Forest,
ending in Bozeman, Montana. The final day of the tour begins following
the Gallatin River Valley, which is where the award winning movie, A
River Runs Through It, was filmed. The tour ends the third day with
a drive along the Idaho-Montana border, skirting the edge of Yellowstone
National Park and concluding with a drive on Utah’s Bear Lake and Logan
Canyon Scenic Byways.
In its very short history, the Pony Express captured the American imagination
and became one of the enduring icons of our culture. The Pony Express
trail enters northern Utah near Evanston, goes through Henefer and up
East Canyon, then along Mountain Dell Reservoir and down Emigration
Canyon to Salt Lake City. It continues from Salt Lake City to Lehi,
skirts the north shore of Utah Lake, and then continues across the desert
south of Dugway originally a Pony Express stop to Nevada.
The IRPCA tour picked up the trail coming out of Echo Canyon and followed
it through Henefer west to Tooele Valley, returning to Salt Lake City
along the western shore of Utah Lake.
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Starting with a visit to the Golden Spike National Historic
Site to see the steam locomotives, this tour also includes a visit to
the Morton-Thiokol rockets exhibit and a drive through northwestern Utah.
This is isolated, desolate country, but the roads are open in winter and
mostly empty. It is not by chance the tour article is titled "In
Search of a Curve." There are some elevation changes, but the main
attraction is an opportunity to run wide open at times of year when the
Utah's spectacular scenic byways are closed or driving is impractical
because of snow and ice.
Continental Divide and Conquer
Ten times across the Continental Divide in two days. This tour begins
in Pagosa Springs, CO. Right up the spine of the Rockies over secondary
roads hugging the sides of the highest peaks in the continental U.S.
Straddle the Continental Divide ten times, take a picture, and blast
off to conquer the next pass. This tour also included a lengthy drive
through Rocky Mountain National Park. This drive was a great success,
so successful that we returned in 2003 to take on all 15 Continental
Continental Divide Conquered
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The definitive Continental Divide event: 15 paved roads over
the Continental Divide, 15 crossings in two and a half days, plus two
crossing under the Continental Divide. Beginning in Steamboat Springs,
CO, the first half day ends in Grand Lake, CO. The second day of the tour
includes the highest paved roads in North America, including Rocky Mountain
National Park and Independence Pass. The third day ends in Pagosa Springs,
CO, which provides many return route options south and west. The route
back to Salt Lake City includes the San
Juan Skyway, a National Scenic Byway and All American Road. One could
easily add a day in Rocky Mountain National Park to extend this to a three
and a half day drive, plus there are many options in Colorado to add scenic
roads on to the beginning of this itinerary.
Loop to Loop: Mt. Nebo and Alpine Loops
This drive features two spectacular alpine loops. The Mt.
Nebo Loop is a National Scenic Byway and the Alpine Loop is an IRPCA
favorite, skirting the Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness Area. The roads are
incredibly twisty, the elevation changes extraordinary, the road surfaces
excellent, and the views awesome. The final leg of the tour provides
the option of going up or down Provo
Canyon, another National Scenic Byway.
Moab Destination Tour
This weekend getaway starts with a drive from Salt Lake City through
Spanish Fork Canyon to Price, UT. Continuing down US 6 to I-70, the
route heads east in order to enter Moab via the Upper
Colorado Scenic Byway. The second day of the tour is dedicated to
driving to the most prominent overlooks in Canyonlands
National Park, Dead
Horse Point State Park, and Arches
National Park. The planned itinerary included a drive on the Lower
Colorado Scenic Byway, a drive we actually made the morning of the
third day. The route back to Salt Lake City includes the scenic stretch
of I-70 that passes through the San Rafael Swell, an area under consideration
for designation as a National Monument.
Red Rock Run
12 is the newest All American Road of the National Scenic Byways.
This tour passes four national parks and monuments, Cedar Breaks, Bryce
Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Capitol Reef. It can easily be
extended to a two or multiple day drive if one is interested in spending
time in each of these beautiful parks. The Red Rock Run II did just this,
extending the time for visiting the parks and significantly expanding
the route to include the most scenic areas and best roads in southern
Utah and northern Arizona.
Red Rock Run II
100% of this tour route is run on scenic highways. The tour
includes visits to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and the Grand Canyon
National Parks, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Natural Bridges, and Cedar
Breaks National Monuments, and Red Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreation
Area, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and the Vermillion Cliffs scenic areas.
The types of rock formations in these parks and monuments are highly varied,
and the vistas and geology are stunning. This is surely one of the most
spectacular driving routes you will find in the world. The landscapes
are unique, the roads are superb, and the services are excellent all along
the route (nothern Arizona is pretty devoid of human settlement, so you
do need to watch your gas tank on this portion of the tour).
Red Rock Canyons
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A "best of the best" tour featuring spectacular canyon
drives in the red rock regions of southwest Colorado and southeast Utah.
The drive kicks off in Glenwood Springs Colorado, on the West
Elk Scenic Byway to get to the road that runs on the North Rim of
the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
The route continues over the San
Juan Skyway -- an All American Scenic Highway -- to Durango, Colorado.
The second day of the trip follows the western leg of the San Juan Skyway
to Telluride, then follows the San Miguel River to the Delores
River Canyon. This scenic byway follows the Delores River for approximately
80 miles with as many twists and turns as the river makes winding its
way through the towering red rock cliffs and among ancients mesas and
bluffs. The second day of the drive finishes up with a drive down the
Upper Colorado Scenic
Byway into Moab, UT. The third day of driving starts with an early
morning drive down the Lower
Colorado Scenic Byway, then a trip south to the Indian
Creek Scenic Byway and the Needles
District of Canyonlands National Park. After lunch, the route follows
the Trail of the Ancients
Canyon National Recreation Area, and then North Wash and on to the
Fremont River Canyon,
the route to Capitol Reef