If you’re steady enough to ride on, steel yourself for the stretch of Route 12 known as “the Hogsback”, as it picks its way along a high ridge. It’s said to be the highest road without guard rails (on both sides) in the U.S. Don’t be a hero—use the turnouts to do your gawking, as 1000-foot drop-offs loom just feet from the shoulders. Ten boot-shaking miles later, you’ll welcome the town of Boulder, also home to Anasazi Museum State Park and the Burr Trail, a former cattle trail that runs to the southern end of Capitol Reef National Park. Throw on extra layers in Boulder and make the climb up Boulder Mountain. If you ride in mid-September, you’ll probably hit a riot of colors: golden cottonwoods, gleaming aspen and red maples, and finally, pine forests at 9,600 feet. Once you’ve taken in glorious views of the Waterpocket Fold, descend the mountain to the route’s terminus in Torrey. From here, shoot east on Route 24 to Capitol Reef National Park, or just book a hotel in Torrey and grab a margarita and a rattlesnake cake at Café Diablo. Either way, you can’t go wrong.