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Keep me post on what you decide, I could stand a day or two riding....Corkscrew to wherever and back one day, and up to Yankee Boy and Imogene another. Maybe the smoke will be gone by then.
I have done all those trails in my 2006 Jeep Rubicon which I still have about half a dozen times. It is looking like I will just be passing thru the area hoping to catch the fall colors and not bring the Grizz.
 

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We have seen some beautiful country riding together.....we'll do it again. You remember how to get across Wager Gulch?
And your state 'is' nuts, I went to Albuquerque a couple months ago.
Do you have to watch your shadow?
I was there to ferry a truck to a government department, but the government building complex was closed. We met at the lady's apartment to make the delivery....I drove in without questions and;
1) I couldn't go to a government compound, but the employees home was OK.
2) I couldn't eat at a Micky D's without a mask, there was a 600# woman refusing my business....I learned a mask does not prevent weight gain :)
3) But the casino's were open....
NM is definitely being cautious but we do have fewer deaths as well. Stay safe an it will end sometime.
 

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If you have any other suggestions that will expedite my planning I would appreciate that as well. I am not trying to do all the activities in one trip I will definitely keep coming back. Coming from Texas I prefer to go there in little more moderate (cooler) weather.
Since you are a Jeeper or former, assuming you may have already been to Moab. If not, Moab really deserves at least a week's time out there to ride your ATV. I am looking forward to getting back out there, it is a special place. Spring or fall as summer is just too hot, at least for me anyway.

So if just sightseeing, drive up UT-128. Follows the Colorado. Up that way is a fairly mild hike now referred to as Grandstaff Trail to Morning Glory, worth going on and is a 4.5 total miles out and back. Of course you'll be hitting the NPs and those will keep you busy too. Also consider driving out Kane Creek Blvd and/or UT-279. Canyonlands can be done from Moab for the quick view but I understand that it takes much more time to get really into Canyonlands and the very unique areas.

If headed from there west, hit Capitol Reef NP next, probably only spend a day there. After that, make sure and absolutely drive the route that takes you through the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument via Hwy 12. It is a slightly longer route to get to Bryce Canyon area, but well worth it. Elevation increases a bit near Bryce so plan that for when you want it to be cooler or plan around it if there is weather. Near Bryce is Kodachrome Basin State Park and worth the quick look.

Zion doesn't need a whole lot of explanation but that place is amazing. I really need to go back there during off peak times like you are planning on. I didn't hike up Angel's Landing but will be back with just the wife and I and will hike it. However, do not miss the Narrows as mentioned in the last post.

Other notables while near southwest CO. Mesa Verde NP.
 

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Since you are a Jeeper or former, assuming you may have already been to Moab. If not, Moab really deserves at least a week's time out there to ride your ATV. I am looking forward to getting back out there, it is a special place. Spring or fall as summer is just too hot, at least for me anyway.

So if just sightseeing, drive up UT-128. Follows the Colorado. Up that way is a fairly mild hike now referred to as Grandstaff Trail to Morning Glory, worth going on and is a 4.5 total miles out and back. Of course you'll be hitting the NPs and those will keep you busy too. Also consider driving out Kane Creek Blvd and/or UT-279. Canyonlands can be done from Moab for the quick view but I understand that it takes much more time to get really into Canyonlands and the very unique areas.

If headed from there west, hit Capitol Reef NP next, probably only spend a day there. After that, make sure and absolutely drive the route that takes you through the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument via Hwy 12. It is a slightly longer route to get to Bryce Canyon area, but well worth it. Elevation increases a bit near Bryce so plan that for when you want it to be cooler or plan around it if there is weather. Near Bryce is Kodachrome Basin State Park and worth the quick look.

Zion doesn't need a whole lot of explanation but that place is amazing. I really need to go back there during off peak times like you are planning on. I didn't hike up Angel's Landing but will be back with just the wife and I and will hike it. However, do not miss the Narrows as mentioned in the last post.

Other notables while near southwest CO. Mesa Verde NP.
Thank you than you, all great info. For some reason Moab never happened for me. I always kept thinking next year and the next year never came. The reason we never went to Moab is we always come to Ouray area in Summer end of July thru first week of Aug. Moab is way to hot. I will come back for Moab. This time I just want to see as many places as I can. I might do the 3 hours trip with Extreme like you mentioned in your previous post. Once I figure everything out I might message you to run the itinerary by you and take your suggestions and tweak it accordingly. I should have everything planned in a week or so. Also I am not in the best of the shape currently so only short hikes for me max 4-5 miles round trips.
 

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2) I couldn't eat at a Micky D's without a mask, there was a 600# woman refusing my business....I learned a mask does not prevent weight gain :)
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WOW.....Not enough that she had a job?
 

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Who out there is in a load and go mode.
 

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Headed to Utah on 26th, will come to Telluride weekend of Oct 3rd hoping to see fall colors in its full glory. No Grizzly or anything just me and the Yukon XL Denali. 4x4 but 22” rims🤦‍♂️ Will be avoiding everything but plan on doing last dollar road.
 
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