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Mexican Hat to Bryce Canyon + ADD NEW ROUTE


1   in Utah Utah293 Miles

By LynnPeti
on July 1, 2007

4.9out of 5

14 Riders rated

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 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

You can do this route either way from east to west or west to east. We suggest the east to west route which starts in Mexican Hat, Utah just north of Monument Valley. From Mexican Hat, head north for about 3 miles, turn left onto SR-261. After about 10 miles you will pass the road to the Valley of the Gods (another great 19 mile adventure). The road turns to hard packed gravel at this point and will ascend 1200 feet in 3 miles. Lots of switchbacks, fantastic views. At the top of the cliff the road goes back to asphalt and is a great mountain road. SR-261 will "T" into route 95 where you want to take a left (west) and take this all the way into Hanksville, UT. From there you need to switch to route 24 heading west (take a left). Take route 24 all the way to Torrey, UT. If you want to break up the trip into two days, this is where we suggest you stay as there are many great Bed & Breakfast to stay at. From Torrey, you want to take route 12 south. Route 12 is a US Scenic Byway and is something beyond belief. Route 12 will take you through Boulder, UT and on to Bryce Canyon, UT.

Scenery

"We made this trip in late April and May and it is one of the best trips we have
ever made. Fall would also be a great time. Make reservations near Bryce and
Torrey and in Mexican Hat. All get busy and Torrey and Mexican Hat have
limited places to stay. No worries about fuel on this route.": Lynn & Peti

Fantastic high country of Utah. Big trees, wide open ranges, huge canyons, red rock views. This whole trip is like stepping back into the 1950's and is one for your scrapbook. You travel through some absolutly breathtaking national forests such as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and finally Bryce Canyon National Park.

Road Quality

Great two lane roads, little traffic, fantastic climbing and descending turns and switchbacks. Part of SR 261 is hard packed gravel. My wife and I on two H-D's did just fine. THIS ROAD IS A MUST DO!!!.

Roadside Amenities

Mexican Hat is fantastic with the "Swinging Grill" restaurant. You'll pass through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. And you'll be passing through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. In Torrey, you will want to visit the general store there as it has home made Mexican food and a good selection of goodies. Finally, Bryce Canyon has the best hotel in the state with the best restaurant both are about 10 miles outside of the park. And, at the end point of Bryce Canyon, you'll obviously have to thoroughly check out Bryce Canyon National Park while you are there.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By MotoForever
on July 8, 2014 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

OMG, did this trip in early June 2014. Wow, one of my favorite rides. There is really too much to mention for this ride. We travelled West to East and it was fantastic. Some say the views may be better from the other direction. I say, either way is great. Stop at the overlooks at the East of the Grand Escalante-Staircase (hwy 12) south of Torrey. Make sure to plan PLENTY of stops just to see the sights. You can't see it all, so plan where you want to spend time. We split this ride into two days with a stop over in Torrey. The views just riding through are awe inspiring. Moki Dugway (just to say you did it), Bridges NM is a 1 hr jaunt. Stay in Torrey, and eat at the Capital Reef Inn and Cafe. Fantastic food, we saw a few riders there too. The amazing petroglyphs at Capital Reef NM were easy to see with no walking required. Road conditions are excellent. Bring lots of water. Better yet, use a hydration pack to drink while riding. Be prepared for cooler air on the passes and hot and dry in the valleys.

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By Rigid
on May 9, 2012 3 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make HD FLHTK

Motorcycle Type Touring

We rode this route west to east, on our Harleys, May 1, 2012. It was a perfect day with great roads and scenery culminating with a fantastic steak at the Mexican Hat Inn swinging grill. Too bad five stars is the limit because I'd rate it a 10 if possible.
As an alternative to the described route, we took Highway 276 South from 95 to Bullfrog, ferried across Lake Powell to Hall's Crossing and then 276 North to rejoin Hwy 95. Good road and nice scenery riding though Glen Canyon as well.
Can't wait to ride this again! Next time both ways.

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By steben53
on April 27, 2012 3 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

In my comments on the Grand Staircase Escalante ride I mentioned that it was a great idea to continue on to Mexican Hat and then here it is!! This ride is the whole enchilada and and having ridden everything from Blue Ridge Pkwy and the Dragon to Beartooth Pass and the Trinity Alps ( and the real Alps too) I can say with complete confidence that there are few rides that compare to this ride across southern Utah. You will not be dissappointed!! Plan on getting up early and doing a full day - there's just too many Koadachrome moments to get through any faster. Please note: This is another one of those rides that has to be done in both directions to fully appreciate. It's simply awesome. Unless you want to stay at Ruby's at Bryce, Id recommend going another 30 minutes to Panguitch - the hotels are much cheaper and there's a great little BBQ place on the west side of the main drag. Highly recommended! And in the morning, get up and ride it back the other way!

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By Guest
on March 23, 2013 1 out of 6 members found this review useful.

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on March 23, 2013 1 out of 7 members found this review useful.

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By Guest
on October 8, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

The ride up the Moki Dugway from Mexican Hat is great. 1,100 vertical feet in 3 miles of switchbacks. There is a great lookout at the top called Muley Point. The road is primitive so it's a little tricky for a bike in spots, but the view is a great reward. State highway 95 through Glen Canyon is one of the most majestic in the world

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By Guest
on August 30, 2008 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Brother and I did this road in May 07 on two Ultras as part of our 38 state trip over three months. We are from Australia. We plan to do it again in June 09

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By Guest
on August 27, 2008 1 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

We made the trip as a one-day in late July (East-West). Roads were very good even the hard packed gravel. The summer heat was oppressive but the scenery excellent. The mountain range between Torrey and Bryce Canyon was a welcome relief.

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By mark55
on January 3, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

My Brother and I rode this from Blanding westward in summer of 2015. Two days of the best riding we've ever experienced. The landscapes are simply breath taking and the roads oh so much fun to ride. Hell's Backbone just outside of Boulder blew our socks off.

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By markybarky
on September 30, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki concours

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Awesome road.

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on March 23, 2013 0 out of 4 members found this review useful.

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By Guest
on February 25, 2013 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make HD Ultra

Motorcycle Type Touring

One of our more memorable rides. Climbing out of the Valley of the Gods on 261 was a great rides. This 3 mile stretch of rode is not paved and very narrow but this is what makes it cool to ride.

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By ROADWHORE
on January 13, 2013 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 08

Motorcycle Make HD ELECTRA

Motorcycle Type Touring

I have done this route a few times. wish it was l
closer so I could do it every year. rode it too early in the spring the first time and about froze solid.

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By Guest
on March 20, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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My brother and I rode this route in May 2009, he on his BMW 1100 RS, and I was riding my BMW LT. This was a awe inspiring journey through nature. We then rode into Colorado and continued this amazing tour. We plan on doing it again soon.

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