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Trip to Utah, Texas, Arizona, NM

Were planning on taking a trip down to the southern states, driving around texas, arizona, new mexico, nevada. Were wondering about heading down at the end of March and doing a 2 week loop on our bikes. Our plan is too haul our bikes to Salt lake city, but are wondering if the weather that time of year will be good enough?? Anybody with experience with Utah and the other states I listed? Do you think this is still too early in the year?? Any advice on the weather we would expect would be appreciated.


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March in central/southern Texas should be nice riding weather. Maybe a little cool at night & in the mornings, but nice.



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It's not unusual for it to snow in Santa Fe in March & April. I've seen it snow there in May. The temps in the western states are mostly dependent on elevation. The higher the elevation the colder it is. Also the best riding is in the mountains, (at higher elevation), therefore at colder temps. I'd wait until May at the earliest myself.

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It's a crap shoot...it could do anything in march. Are you coming through Colorado?
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No, was going to take the I15 South from Alberta. Trying to decide if we should hold off another month.


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I live about 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City. In March many of the canyons will still be closed to vehicles and there are so many beautiful rides that will not be accessible. The weather could be sunny and low 70's or snowing. It's not uncommon to get some measurable snow in the valleys that sticks to the roads in April. I'd go later if you can.
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I lived in SLC for along time and yes you rolling the dice. It could snow or not more liklly to snow for this years season. If you can wait alittle longer or change you route it might be the best.
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Thanks for the advice so far guys.


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I am in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. That time of year will most likely be rainy, possibly even snow. We are at 200+% of our snow pack for the year, and have had a lot of very cold weather (cold for us means sub freezing for weeks on end, highs not over the low 20s).

Southern Utah would be sublime, warming up much faster than the north, and deserts mean less likely to rain than up north. The climate varies A LOT in this state, even from day to day. Even May would be pretty unpredictable here. I have seen snow in the valleys as late as end of April/first of May.

I won't be riding that early unless it's a rare day of warm sun.

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Elevation changes everything here in the SW. Late March, Northern AZ could be cold and snowy, Southern AZ sunny and beautiful.

Currently, low 70's and SUNSHINE all weekend here!

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Thanks for your responses, I think after your guys input and checking some historical weather data we are going to delay our trip by about 6 weeks and leave around May 6th. The odds of good weather should be a lot better hopefully.


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It'll be quite a bit warmer in Texas in May, but definitely good riding weather. Enjoy your trip!!



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Whatever you do, don't miss Zion Ntl. Park Utah. There are many more. Any particular reason for making Texas?
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We head back UP I-15 to Alberta in early April each year. SEVERAL times we've been in heavy snow in southern Utah. AZ is good then, though...!

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Were only picking Texas and area because we have never been down there before. If any of you have any must see things or highly recommended roads, I'm all ears!! We'll likely make it to NM, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and southern California.


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Were only picking Texas and area because we have never been down there before. If any of you have any must see things or highly recommended roads, I'm all ears!! We'll likely make it to NM, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and southern California.
What part of Texas? And how long do you plan on staying?



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Cadillac Ranch is in Texas. I was there with my ZRX.
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Were only picking Texas and area because we have never been down there before. If any of you have any must see things or highly recommended roads, I'm all ears!! We'll likely make it to NM, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and southern California.
If you're coming all the way down I-15 to catch I-10, you might jump off in San Bernardino and do Rim of the World Highway at Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. If you're just coming down to Barstow to catch I-40, well I haven't done much up there yet, so can't help you...

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We will be in the area for about two weeks, any part of Texas is open right now. We are just starting to compile the things we want to see. We want to make sure we see the best it has!


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We will be in the area for about two weeks, any part of Texas is open right now. We are just starting to compile the things we want to see. We want to make sure we see the best it has!
Ok, as far as central Texas goes, the Hill Country is a great place to ride. I'll PM you some info. Gimme a little time, I'll put something together...





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