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Spirit of the Southwest (Utah, Nevada, Arizona)

Spirit of the Southwest Tour | An Epic American Dual Sport Adventure

Spirit of the Southwest Tour | An Epic American Dual Sport Adventure

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Deep in the heart of the American Southwest, bound by the mighty Colorado River and the Rocky Mountains, exists a land of entrancing beauty where deep canyons cut paths through colorful mountain peaks and the towering monuments of red rock rise sharply in communion with clear blue skies. Not only an epic motorcycle adventure, but a journey through time, history and the "Spirit of the Southwest. 

Departing glittering Las Vegas, Nevada this unforgettable trip takes adventure seekers across 1600-miles of the finest adventure motorcycle riding the American West has to offer; carving unforgettable roads and perfect dirt ribbons through labyrinthian canyons, up imposing cliff faces and over the high mountain passes of the Colorado Plateau… into the epicenter of all adventure destinations – legendary Moab, Utah. With 6 National Parks on the itinerary, and landmarks of Native American and Pioneer history along the way, the natural and cultural richness of this tour is unparalleled. 

Join an according to the dates shown for the perfect 10-day adventure ride, or bring your experienced riding buddies and enjoy a self-guided tour on other dates we have availability. This tour is customizable with more or fewer days, more or less off-road riding or even all pavement, so inquire today and ask a RIDE Adventures representative how we will make your next moto-vacation as enduring as the ‘Spirit of the Southwest.’

 

Itinerary

Image of las vegas sign for the start of the spirit of the southwest tour for ride adventures

Day 1 - Arrival in Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World," is home to an array of attractions including world-class restaurants, live performances, and grandiose casinos.

While we encourage you to experience all that the city has to offer, remember to reserve some energy for an early start the next day. Las Vegas will be waiting for your return. 

View point in Kanab UT

Day 2 - Las Vegas, NV to Kanab, UT

(275 Miles)

As soon as we depart the city, we'll take the quickest route to our first destination: the stunning Grand Canyon National Park.

With over 6 million visitors each year, it's one of the most popular natural attractions in the world. But instead of battling the crowds, we've planned an epic off-road journey to a less known remote and breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon, free from the crowds.

We'll be staying in the charming town of Kanab, known as Utah's "Little Hollywood" for its film-worthy western scenery. While it has a small town feel, Kanab offers a range of restaurants and shops to explore.

image of 2 adventure bikes near grand staircase-escalante national monument

Day 3 - Kanab, UT to Torrey, UT 

(195 Miles)

Just when you think it can't get more epic than the Grand Canyon, we'll take you to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on the second day of riding. This land of rugged beauty is so remote that it was the last unexplored plot of land in the lower 48 states. The Earth's crust rises in a series of great cliff faces, forming an enormous staircase that reaches an elevation of 11,000 feet. You'll be amazed by the maze of colorful cliffs, plateaus, canyons, and arches that make up this geological wonder.

After a lunch stop in the town of Escalante, we'll traverse a vertiginous "Hogsback" of pavement over the slot canyons of the Escalante. Then, test your road skills on the twists and turns of Boulder Pass, with its stunning 100-mile views of the desert below. Don't miss this opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful and remote regions in the United States.

adventure motorcycle riders and their bikes near moab utah on the best of the southwest tour for ride adventures

Day 4 - Torrey, UT to Moab, UT

(200 Miles)

Marvel at the majesty of the Waterpocket Fold as we explore Capitol Reef National Park.

This park is home to a wealth of sandstone monuments and Native American petroglyphs, as well as a well-preserved ghost town. Our route will take us along the Fremont River through a dream-like canyon and onto a desert landscape that looks like it could be the surface of the moon. We'll then descend into the scorching red and desolate San Rafael before ending the day in the legendary adventure sports resort town of Moab, Utah. Here, we'll watch the sun set behind the silhouetted arches of Arches National Park.

View from a butte near moab utah for the spirit of the southwest tour for ride adventures

Day 5 - FREE DAY, Moab, UT

Take a break or indulge in high adventure on our free day in Moab, Utah, the largest city in southeastern Utah.

During peak seasons, Moab attracts adventure seekers from all over the world who come to hike in one of its two national parks, climb on its sandstone towers, jump off its cliff faces, raft down the Colorado River, or test their vehicular skills on the challenging 4x4 roads in the area.

Whether you join a organized ride with your guide or venture out on your own, there's no shortage of exciting activities to choose from in Moab. Don't miss this opportunity to relax or indulge in adventure in this dynamic small town.

Image of the road from Moab Utah to Bluff Utah for Spirit of the Southwest tour by RIDE Adventures

Day 6 - Moab, UT to Bluff, UT

(220 Miles)

Ascend prominent mountain ranges, discover abandoned mines and trace the paths of the early American Pioneers and Native Americans on the Old Spanish Trail from Moab to Monument Valley. There are many things to see, and excellent pavement and dirt riding throughout, but itineraries will vary depending on the season and weather conditions as some routes ascend to over 10,000 feet.

Bluff Utah to Boulder Utah on Ride Adventures Spirit of the Southwest Tour

 

Day 7 - Bluff, UT to Boulder, UT

(230 Miles)

On day seven of the "Spirit of the Southwest" tour, you'll embark on a motorcycle spirit quest through the sacred lands of Native America.

Following the Trail of the Ancients, you'll cross the unpolluted and untouched Bears Ears National Monument, an area with no towns (or stoplights) until you reach the remote town of Boulder, Utah later in the evening.

The intimidating Moki Dugway and Burr Trail offer a challenging dirt ride through tight, ledgy switchbacks, so riders who are hesitant about these types of roads will be tested today.

On the road from Boulder Utah to Springdale UT on RIDE adventures Spirit of the Southwest tour

Day 8 - Boulder, UT to Springdale, UT

(220 Miles)

Ride from subalpine forest to scorching desert to heaven-on-earth, through the sandstone arches and hoodoos of Scenic Byway 12, one of America's greatest roads. Get a glimpse of Bryce Canyon's hoodoos before an unforgettable descent of 2,600 feet into Zion National Park, where we’ll spend the night. Itineraries vary by season.

Motorcycle adventure riders looking over springdale UT for RIDE adventures spirit of the southwest tour over

Day 9 - Springdale, UT to Las Vegas, NV

(250 Miles)

With stamina running low and familiar scenery ahead we will be returning to Las Vegas with little meandering. Your guide will have a few more surprises to challenge you, to be sure, and a visit to Valley of Fire State Park serves as a fitting conclusion.

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Day 10 - Departure

Experiencing so much in the short span of a week-and-a-half you will likely welcome the comforts of home for a well-deserved rest. Safe travels. 

Feel free to share your images and videos with us, we love to see how much fun you had on our tours. 

Bikes Available

2019+ Honda CB500x

2019+ Honda CB500x

Another recent assertion by Honda Motorcycles into the Adventure Riding world, riders seeking a compact-sized adventure bike have been raving about the CB500X. With plenty of power emanating from the parallel-twin engine, and an agile disposition, everything from paved twisties to gravel, dirt, and sand can be conquered with this fun adventuring option. Starting in 2019 with the 19" front wheel, this bike has proven itself for us in places like Patagonia, and will be a great option for riders exploring beyond.

  • Wet Weight - 430lbs
  • Seat Height - 32.7 inches
  • Fuel Capacity - 4.6 gal

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Seat Height:
32.7 in
Curb Weight:
430lbs
Fuel Capacity:
4.6 gal
Displacement:
471cc Parallel Twin
Honda Africa Twin

Honda Africa Twin

Finally, the return of a legend! The long awaited, and thoroughly updated Africa Twin by Honda has been talked about for years, finally making itself available in various markets around the world in 2015. With a four-valve Unicam® cylinder head 998cc parallel twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and pathways. 

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Seat Height:
33.5/34.3 in
Curb Weight:
511 lb
Fuel Capacity:
4.96 gal
Displacement:
998 cc
Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Finally, the return of a legend, and this version, a little bit more prepared for long adventure rides than it's smaller twin. The long awaited, and thoroughly updated Africa Twin by Honda finally became available in rental fleets around the world in 2015, forever winning our hearts over with incredible reliability while being extremely fun to ride the first few seasons. This "Adventure Sports" version is about an inch taller with 1.5 gallons greater fuel capacity than the standard Africa Twin. With a four-valve Unicam® cylinder head 998cc parallel twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and routes.

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Seat Height:
35.4/36.2 in
Curb Weight:
533 lb
Fuel Capacity:
6.4 gal
Displacement:
998 cc
Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)

Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)

Just a few years after this legendary bike was reintroduced as a 1000cc world traveler in 2016, Honda made the Africa Twin CRF 1100 just a little bit better starting the 2020 model year. With four-valve Unicam® cylinder heads atop a 22.5degree parallel-twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and pathways. An upgraded electronics package vs. the previous version includes cruise control, a 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit,) and a 6.5 inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth integration. Pack it up for a long trip, or take the bags off for a day on the trails, nothing but fun lies ahead!

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Seat Height:
33.5/34.3 in
Curb Weight:
505 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.0 gal
Displacement:
1084 cc
KTM 890 Adventure

KTM 890 Adventure

The KTM 890 ADVENTURE is the ultimate motorcycle for adventure travel. Whether you're tackling highways or rough terrain, this bike has got you covered. It's been updated for 2023 to provide an even better ride with reworked adjustable suspension, a comfortable seat, and wind protection. Get ready to explore new places with the powerful and capable KTM 890 ADVENTURE.

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Seat Height:
33.4 in / 850 mm
Curb Weight:
464 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.3 gal / 20 L
Displacement:
889 cc
KTM 890 Adventure R

KTM 890 Adventure R

Experience the thrill of the journey with the updated KTM 890 ADVENTURE R. This motorcycle is ready for anything, from smooth highways to rough gravel switchbacks and single track trails. Its responsive powerplant, precise off-road handling, and comfortable design make it a top choice for adventure seekers. Don't let the destination hold you back - let the KTM 890 ADVENTURE R take you on an unforgettable ride.

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Seat Height:
34.6 in / 880 mm
Curb Weight:
464 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.3 gal / 20 L
Displacement:
889 cc
Yamaha Ténéré 700

Yamaha Ténéré 700

This highly-anticipated "masterpiece of value" has finally been released, giving dual sport adventure riders around the world one more incredible middle-weight adventure bike to choose from. With 73+ smooth, linear horsepower pouring through one of most beautiful exhaust notes out there, the Ténéré 700's unique anti-squat design puts that power into the ground, instead of into the rear shock. The result is one of the best handling, adventure bikes on the market, all backed by typical Yamaha-reliability. Take this agile machine on short trips or long, paved twisties or dirt roads, and know that this may be as close to the "perfect" adventure bike as we have seen in a while. With an attractive entry price, and corresponding rental rate, we expect the number of Ténéré 700's in our fleet operations to grow steadily and remain a factor for a long time. 

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Seat Height:
34.4 in / 874mm
Curb Weight:
452 lb / 205kg
Fuel Capacity:
4.2 gal
Displacement:
689 cc