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post #1 of 12 Old 02-20-2013, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Planning on riding my KLR at the National Parks, from the east to the west coast. This is in the planning stage for 2014, and will take as long as the fun remains to be fun. Once it gets old, or have a need to stop riding for awhile, then the return trip will happen.
There are many parks in the west, with several on the way. I plan on hauling the KLR on a trailer across country, pulling it off whenever a nice bike riding site appears, as well as at the national parks. I will camp when appropriate and motel or seek other shelter and it arises.
Anyone interested in traveling?
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I, for one, admire your plan. Long-distance motorcycling, especially on a KLR, isn't for everyone. Better to travel in comfort with a trailered KLR with the option of staying wherever you want than not going at all. Go for it.



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I'm not a veteran traveler of National Parks, but if you're heading West, I wouldn't miss Trail Ridge Road (Hwy. 34) in Rocky Mountain National Park between Estes Park and Grand Lake. It's a good ride.



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Nomadgal on advrider mentioned that she bought a yearly national park pass good for multiple entries and saved a lot of money.
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Nomadgal on advrider mentioned that she bought a yearly national park pass good for multiple entries and saved a lot of money.
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Here in the States, an annual pass for the National Parks runs $80. That allows for unlimited entry into any/all National Parks. It does not make camping in National Parks free - you still have to pay the fee for that.

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Good Evening bdrider,

Please let us know when you hit California. I for one would enjoy riding through our parks. I also know of a group of rowdy KLRistas that may be interested in joining. Welcome to the site and be safe.

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for sure hit up moab, ride the 550 from ouray to durango, pikes peak is a neat ride too. if you had down this way i got a great ride for you.

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Five National Parks here in Utah - so feel free to swing by this state. Capitol Reef National Park is probably one of the least explored, especially the northern end. In that end, all of the roads are unpaved, and if I remember correctly, they recommend a high-clearance vehicle.

And there's a nice RV park in Torrey, UT...

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In fact, if I remember correctly, the majority of the roads in Capitol Reef are not paved.

Zion National Park is pretty much all paved - and during the higher visitation months, you've gotta use their shuttle system inside the main part of the canyon.

Bryce Canyon is interesting. We'll be there for a week or so at the end of June / first of July.

Moab area? Yeah, you've gotta do that one! Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as other interesting areas close by.

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