Taking A Motorcycle Cruise To The Four Corners

Want to be in four states at once?

Motorcycle Tour to Four Corners
Take a motorcycle ride to Four Corners with a couple worthy side trips along the way.Illustration by Mark Wagner

A good starting point for this trip is Las Vegas. Take I-15 to Utah, then crisscross back and forth along the Utah/Arizona border along Highways 9, 59, 389 and 89 to U.S. Highway 160. This route takes you past the Grand Canyon (just continue on Route 89 past the 160 turnoff to Highway 64 west). It also passes plenty of Native American places of interest.

Now take 160 north into Colorado, and you'll pass the actual Four Corners. This is the only place in the United States where you can stand in four states at the same time. Continue toward Cortez and Durango, then travel north on the gorgeous Million-Dollar Highway (U.S. 550) past Telluride and over the Red Mountain Pass to Montrose. Here you will find Black Canyon, which is beautiful enough to warrant a sidetrip.

Continue along 50 west to Grand Junction, then take I70 south back into Utah. Follow 191 to Moab and the entrance to Arches National Park. Or, head north to Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is filled with great twisties and incredible scenery. Go south until you reach Route 95. Travel north on 95 and then west on 24 to Capitol Reef National Park. Then take 72 and 12 south through Dixie National Forest to Bryce Canyon National Park. After you leave Bryce Canyon continue along Route 12 to Highway 89 south, then follow Route 9 west to your last camping spot—Zion National Park.

This ride is good for late spring/early summer or early fall—summer would most likely be too hot. But be aware that some of these places are in high elevations, so even in warm weather seasons you will need to prepare for cold temperatures. It takes about two weeks to complete this tour, but it can be done in less time if you are more interested in riding than looking.

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