Sweeping curves, twisting turns, and scenery that takes your breath away. Could you ask for more? If so Moab, Utah will deliver with arches, canyons, red rock formations, the Colorado River Gorge, petrogylphs, dinosaur tracks, historical bridge, and the LaSal Mountains. Home to three National Scenic Byways, one Scenic Backway, two National Parks and one State Park, Moab is a perfect destination for a motorcycling vacation or a great “extra day” stop on your way to the next rally.
Scenic Byway 128 along the Colorado River is the preferred route into Moab from Interstate 70. You start your journey across the open desert with a few sweeping curves, until you reach the Colorado river where considerably sharper turns will command your attention. The route crosses the mighty river near the historic Dewey Bridge. Built in 1916 and used until 1986, this suspension bridge is on the National Register of Historic places and is now only open to foot traffic. A nearby rest area, makes this a perfect stop to stretch your legs. Beyond the bridge, the byway continues to follow the Colorado River with more twists and turns, before giving way to a straight, but spectacularly scenic, section. Along this stretch, you will pass the majestic Fisher Towers and the famous Castle Rock, a finger-like spiral to the southwest, which was the location for many films and commercials, and can be seen just before the Castle Valley Junction.
Just past a ranch used in many John Wayne movies, you’ll want to focus on the road as it rejoins the river and the spectacular twisty curves return. Breath taking scenery is in abundance on this well-maintained paved two-lane road, that twist and turns as often as the river it follows through the steep canyons to highway 191 just 2 miles north of Moab. Definitely a “must do” route that can be worked into your itinerary, as an arrival or departure route, or just up to Dewey Bridge and back, for a quick fix. The tight curves can catch you off guard, and the beauty can be overwhelming, so watch out for on-coming traffic, as they may be distracted by the scenery and cross over. There are many turnouts along this 42-mile route offering beach access, restroom facilities, picnic tables and camping.