R&B Tour to Torrey Notes
Start date: July 16th, 2007
Where: Park City Utah Time: TBA
East on State Rd. 248 Kearns Blvd.
St. Rd. 195 Browns Canyon Jordanelle Resevoir
South on State Rd. 32 Weber River Valley
Short stop Kamas 200 s. Phillips 66
South on State Rd. 32 Francis
Spring Hollow Rd. straight through light
East on Lower River Rd.
East on State Rd. 35 Woodland Provo River Valley
Wolf Creek Pass South Fork Provo River.
Wolf Creek Summit
Stop Breakfast Hanna
South on State Rd. 35 Tabiona
South on State Rd. 87 Duchesne Turns into 2100 W.
West on Main St.
South on 100 W. Pause Regroup Turns into US Hwy. 191
Left fork Indian Canyon
Castle Gate Mine
South on US Hwy. 6 Helper
West on North Main
Stop Holiday Oil Gas and a rest
North on US Hwy. 6 Price Canyon
West on State Rd. 96 Pause Regroup Spring Canyon
Scofield Mud Creek
West on State Rd. 264 Eccles Canyon
Skyline mine & conveyor
Upper Huntington Creek
Upper Electric Lake
Stop Skyline Drive rest
South on State Hwy. 31 Left Fork Huntington Cr. Huntington Canyon
South on Main St.Hwy.10
Stop Harts gas Station
South on Main St.Hwy.10 Hot, Long, Boring
Emery South on 300 E. Pause Regroup
Country Rd. 912 Miller Canyon
West I-70 Douglas Valley Wash
Ivy Creek Bench
Exit State Hwy. 72
Stop under the overpass in the shade to rehydrate!
South on State Hwy. 72 Freemont Junction
Round Spring Draw
Last Chance Creek
State Hwy 25 Pause Regroup Plat Canyon Road
Stop Fish Lake Lodge Dinner Fish Lake
East State Hwy. 25
South on State Hwy. 72 Fremont
East on State Hwy. 24 Lyman
Thousand Lakes Campground in Torrey, Utah
Hell’s Backbone Off-Road Tour Notes
Start date: July 18th, 2007
Where: Rally Headquarters Time: 10:00am
Riders meeting at 9:30. Sign-up ends at this time.
Fish Lake Ride Notes
Start date: July 19th, 2007
Where: Rally Headquarters Time: 10:00am
Note: 93 miles to gas – fill tank!
Friday, July 20th Ride Highlights
Torrey is one of the gateways to Scenic Byway 12 and also a gateway to Capitol Reef National Park. The town was settled in the 1880s and named Torrey with the opening of the Post Office in 1898.
Larb Hollow Overlook
Here you will find interpretive wayside panels and views to the three peaks of the Henry Mountains, Navajo Mountain near the Arizona border and across the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park.
Steep Creek Overlook
Here you have another breathtaking view of more than 100 miles on a clear day. Boulder Mountain is a recreation area for all outdoorsmen. This "Land a One Thousand Lakes" is a sportsman's dream with many secluded mountain lakes and streams supporting rainbow and brook trout.
As Scenic Byway 12 climbs and traverses Boulder Mountain you travel a roadway that was paved as recently as 1985. Homestead Overlook treats you to breathtaking vistas from Capitol Reef to Navajo Mountain.
The town of Boulder was settled in 1889, and was the last town in the United States to receive mail by mule. The milk and cream carried by the mules on the way to Escalante often turned to butter on the rough road. Stockmen seeking green summer pastures found the area on the south side of Boulder Mountain a desirable location and eventually some of them made Boulder their year-round home.
Anasazi State Park Museum
Visitors to Anasazi State Park Museum will go back in time to 1050 A.D. when the Fremont and Kayenta Anasazi occupied the area. An estimated 200 people lived here, making it one of the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado River. Take a self-guided tour through the partially excavated village and visit the museum to view the artifacts and exhibits.
This is a terrific place to view the lay of the land around the town of Boulder. There is an interpretive panel that outlines the history of Boulder's settlement.
The Hog Back gets its descriptive name from the narrow section of Scenic Byway 12 that winds along the narrow ridge between Calf Creek and Boulder Creek reaching the brink of New Home Bench before descending to Haymaker Bench and Calf Creek Campground. From the pullout at The Hog Back you can enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding sandstone "slickrock" country before continuing.
Calf Creek Recreation Area
This Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument facility is a perfect place to wade in the creek, have a picnic, or take the six-mile round-trip hike to the Lower Calf Creek Falls. The sandy trail ends at the 126-foot waterfall and an enchanting grotto with a deep pool surrounded by shade trees.
Departing The Hog Back you descend to the banks of Calf Creek and follow its course toward its confluence with the Escalante River. As you cross the Escalante River Bridge, take in the absolute remote nature of where you are. The Escalante carves its way to the Colorado River through the last region of the Untied States to be mapped. The presence of water here has enticed both humans and wildlife for centuries. The Native Americans that moved through the canyons many years ago left evidence of their presence through rock art, ruins, and handmade tools and pots they left behind. Today, visitors with the time and interest to find their way into the canyons will witness this marvelous legacy.
Head of the Rocks Overlook
Also known as the "Million Dollar Road," this section of Scenic Byway 12 was completed in 1940 and finally paved in 1971. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), established by President Roosevelt in 1933, was largely responsible for cutting the roadway through this sandstone wilderness. The "CCC boys" spent five years on the project that established the first, year-round access to the town of Boulder.
In 1880 Mormon settlers seeking a shortcut to the San Juan region of southeastern Utah passed 57 miles through the Escalante Desert to the south along the foot of 50 Mile Mountain where they encountered a 1,200 cliff above the Colorado River. Undaunted and unwilling to go back the party moved rocks and essentially carved a route to the river in order to lower their wagons to the canyon floor. Though their passage was deemed successful, their route was never followed again.
Escalante was settled in 1875 in an area know at the time as Potato Valley. In that year Almon Harris Thompson was exploring the Kaiparowits Plateau and the Escalante Basin. While camped on Pine Creek just below the current town site, Thompson met some members of the Church of Jesus Christ from Panguitch and he suggested that they call their new town Escalante in honor of Father Dominguez Escalante who passed through parts of what is now southern Utah in search of a route from Santa Fe to California.
The Escalante Interagency Visitor Center offers a wealth of information from each of the land management agencies in the region. The Center explores the critical role that science plays in understanding ecological and biological resources. The site also provides travel tips, visitor orientation, and safety information.
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located one mile west of Scenic Byway 12. Visitors to the park may want to fish or swim in Wide Hollow Reservoir (also the Escalante Irrigation Company's pond) or examine 160 million-year-old petrified wood. An interpretive trail winds through the nearby foothills providing information on the mineralized wood and dinosaur bones in the area.