Utah starts in Monticello and begins the climb up to Geyser Pass at 10,537 feet. Then, head down to Salt Flats Road, passing the entrance to Slickrock Bike Trail, and on into Moab. The Moab Diner here is a good lunch stop. There are several side trips here if you have the time, including Arches National Park, Onion Creek, White Rim, and Chicken Corners, just to name a few.
Next, it’s out into the desert to the town of Green River. This is a good overnight stop with motels and food. Try Tamarisk Restaurant for breakfast and Ray’s Tavern for an evening meal. There is a great side trip here if you want it. West of town, on I-70, is Black Dragon Canyon, a washed-out 8-mile Jeep road of rocks and sand that will get your attention for sure!
Utah has its own brand of beauty, with a lot of sand and rocks but also higher elevations of cooler temps, green trees, and mountains.
Turn North at the Nevada state line, and you’ll find food, gas, and a motel (Border Inn) at Baker, NV. You will need this stop as there is a lot of empty desert ahead including the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Utah ends at Tremonton, just south of the Idaho line. Just as with all the states, Utah needs your respect. Ride safe and keep plenty of water and snacks.