For the 2016 touring season, we are offering 8-, 9-, and 17-day summer tours, plus a 4-day trip to Death Valley in December. In the scrolling schedule below, we have listed in bold the day-to-day highlights that summer tour members can expect to see. In essence the Southern and Northern Tours are also offered as a combined 17-day Grand Tour that encompasses all the sights offered by the Southern and Northern Tours (click on any of the maps for larger version). Rest days are included in each tour to allow clients to choose what they wish to do for a day in locations offering world famous sights and riding.
Our tours are designed to visit the most outstanding sights found in the Western United States. Our tours are as much about riding great motorcycle roads as they are about having an opportunity to visit world renowned national parks and grand geological features created by time. You ride through famous mountains, travel through passes built in times when the country built grand things, and see sights found nowhere else.
The Grand Tour - June 12-28
17 days - $3,230 per person/double occupancy
Imagine seeing many of the West's greatest sites in 17 days. That's what this tour is all about. Hitting the road and covering some of the most beautiful highways in the entire country. Covers 4,000 miles in 17 days. Price: $3,230 per person/double occupancy.
Southern Tour - June 16-24
9 days - $2,115 per person/double occupancy
This tour covers the southern part of The Grand Tour, traveling through Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Covers 2,200 miles in 9 days. Price: $2,115 per person/double occupancy.
Schedule of Summer Tours
A day-by-day schedule for our 2016 western motorcycle tours is found in the scrollable text box below. Tour days for the Grand Tour, Southern Tour, and Northern Tour are shown in the right-hand columns, while dates, day of the week, and each day's tour description are found in the left-hand columns.
|6/12 (Su)||Leave Boise, ID and travel through alpine forests on winding mountain road through the Sawtooth Mountain Range, crossing over Galena Summit down to a night in the famous retreat of the wealthy, Ketchum, ID (adjacent to Sun Valley Resort).||1|
|6/13 (M)||Leave Ketchum and travel across southeastern Idaho through the lunar landscape of Craters of the Moon National Monument and down to the home of the Mormon faith & Temple in Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City on the shores of the famous Great Salt Lake, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. Members of Southern Tour arrive in Salt Lake City, UT||2|
|6/14 (Tu)||Leave Salt Lake City and travel south to the gorgeous Zion National Park where the evening is spent at the portal to the park in the artist community of Springdale, UT||3||1|
|6/15 (W)||Leave Springdale, UT and travel through Zion National Park and north to Bryce Canyon National Park and an evening in Torrey, UT located on the Grand Escalante Staircase. This is a day filled with wondrous sites of exotic formations of sandstone and other location features sculpted in beautiful sizes and shapes including the world famous Hoodoos.||4||2|
|6/16 (Th)||Travel from Torrey, UT through the spectacular Grand Escalante Staircase to the eclectic town of Mexican Hat, UT passing through Capital Reef National Park where the night is spent along the San Juan River.||5||3|
|6/17 (F)||Tour drops down into Arizona for a ride through Monument Valley, renowned as the scenic backdrop to many classic western movies by John Ford and other famous movie directors. Then a quick side trip to “Four Corners” the only junction point in the United States that one can stand in the states of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado at the same time. The evening is spent in Cortez, CO that has access to one of the most scenic of all of America’s scenic by-ways, the San Juan scenic by-way and the world heritage site, Mesa Verde National Park.||6||4|
|6/18 (Sa)||Free day for either an unguided tour of Mesa Verde National Park which is located directly south of Cortez or a guided ride (without chase vehicle – driver gets a day to rest or ride day) of the San Juan By-way loop.||7||5|
|6/19 (Su)||The tour travels north riding some of the best motorcycle roads to be found anywhere along the Black Canyon of the Gunnison on to Glenwood Springs, CO.||8||6|
|6/20 (Mo)||Tour travels through Aspen, CO and up over Independence Pass, which at 12095 feet in altitude is the highest paved road across the Continental Divide. The tour continues through the mountains to an evening spent in Estes Park adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park just west of Fort Collins Colorado.||9||7|
|6/21 (Tu)||Travels through northern Colorado to Steamboat Springs, an internationally recognized ski resort, on the way to Dinosaur National Monument and an evening in Vernal, UT. Members of Northern Tour arrive in Salt Lake City.||10||8|
|6/22 (W)||Southern Tour travels to Salt Lake City, UT and the tour ends, whereas members of the Grand Tour continue along a scenic route to the Jackson Hole area for the evening. Northern Tour clients leave Salt Lake City and meet up with the Grant Tour in the Jackson Hole area.||11||9||1|
|6/23 (Th)||Free day in Jackson Hole/Grand Teton/Yellowstone National Park. Guided tour of Yellowstone Loop without chase vehicle (driver gets a day to rest or ride).||12||2|
|6/24 (F)||The route travels north through Yellowstone National Park traveling through the Paradise Valley to Livingston, MT and on for the evening to Bozeman, MT.||13||3|
|6/25 (Sa)||The day is spent traveling from Bozeman to Helena, MT then along the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Range to East Glacier (part of Glacier National Park) for the evening.||14||4|
|6/26 (Su)||Riders take a route to St. Mary and then west along the Going to the Sun Highway one of the our most outstanding national treasures created by road building. The route west of Logan Pass (on the Continental Divide) is literally carved out of the side of a cliff. The scenery is beyond comparison and leaves no doubt to the viewer that they are in a World Heritage Site. The tour then travels south along the Mission Mountains to Missoula, MT for the evening.||15||5|
|6/27 (M)||Tour leaves Missoula and travels over Lolo Pass from Montana to Idaho and then south into the Hell’s Canyon Recreation Area to Riggins, ID for an evening spent on the Salmon River. Lolo Pass is the area where the Lewis & Clark expedition (1804-1806) under the direction of President Jefferson and guided by Native Americans nearly perished in a winter crossing. The route along the Lochsa River on US 12 is one of the classic routes in the west for motorcyclists and is part of the Lewis & Clark Trail.||16||6|
|6/28 (Tu)||Tour leaves Riggins, ID and travels along scenic mountain streams to Boise, ID and the Grand Tour ends. Northern Tour continues from Riggins, ID through the Sawtooth Mountain Range and across Galena Summit to an evening spent in the famous retreat of the wealthy, Ketchum, ID (adjacent to Sun Valley Resort).||17||7|
|6/29 (W)||Northern Tour travels south through Craters of the Moon National Monument and south to Salt Lake City where the tour ends.||8|
The day the tour starts and ends are counted as part of the tour. The evenings before the tour starts and end are not part of the tour and lodging is not provided, but reservations are made for tour clients in their names.
We believe we offer one of the best values in personalized guide led motorcycle tours with chase vehicle and cargo trailer. Our drivers are usually experienced motorcyclists, and your guide is usually the owner of the company, an experienced motorcyclist, or someone just as well versed in guiding groups and an experienced motorcyclist.
If tour clients wish to make other start location plans, we will work with them if possible to incorporate those plans into the tour. The tour price per day is for any part of a day that the client is part of the tour irrespective of their lodging arrangements.
The cost for tours is based on double occupancy. We make an effort to keep our tours affordable, but not at the expense of lodging quality. The quality of the lodging would best be described as Best Western or Holiday Inn Express level. In some locations we stay at locally owned establishments that we investigate through rating services for clean and fully functioning accommodations. We are sure, based on experience, something somewhere will not be as planned, and again based on previous experience we do the very best we can to remedy the situation as best as we are able at the time.
Our prices including planning, maps, guide service (unless noted otherwise), chase vehicle & trailer (unless noted otherwise or for a “free” day), refreshments such as snacks and bottled water, vehicle travel for pillion/guest (space available basis), on-road refrigeration for medication (ice chest available for some personal items in manufacturer packaging), and baggage transportation (please limit to one medium size duffel per person). We do not provide any meals, and many, but not all, of the lodging establishments we use do provide a continental to full breakfast.
Accommodations, Bike Rentals, and Routes
We do try to accommodate special needs when and where possible that do not adversely impact other tour participants or the route and reserve the right to do so at an additional charge. Please call us to discuss any needs.
The hotels we use are adjacent to airports and all offer transportation to and from the airport at no charge. We will provide transportation for you at no charge to accommodate your picking up or dropping off a rental motorcycle. We will also work with local resources should you trailer your own bike and need a place to leave your trailer and vehicle.
We do not provide rental motorcycles, but will direct you to a rental agency. We have successfully referred clients to EagleRider. Our tours start and end in the same city and each has an EagleRider Motorcycle Rental dealer. Along these lines, we do carry quality metric and SAE tools, a compressor and some frequently needed repair items (duct tape, zip ties, coolant, oil and cleaning supplies).
Our routes are planned on historically open roads, but there may be changes in routes to accommodate construction, wildfires, avalanches, snow or other factors. The roads chosen are paved roads for a vast majority of the tour but due to construction, turnouts, lodging parking lots and other factors may not be paved. We consider our tours to be “black top” tours with the previous notations taken into account.
We have been on these roads, stayed at many of the lodgings and encountered many unplanned situations. Our goal is for our clients to have a trouble free and enjoyable tour and deliver to our clients what we said we would.
Motorcycle Dealers & Travel Agents
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