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Offline scottskaja

Western Express - North Lake Powell Lodging
« on: February 27, 2013, 03:41:03 pm »
Hi All,

Planning an early summer 2013 credit card ride on the WE from Bryce to Pueblo. The stretch from Hanksville to Blanding on 95 looks sad on the AC maps. Is there any lodging options at Hite?

Alternately, has anyone taken 276 through Bullfrog Basin floating on the Burr/Hall Ferrey? Any lodging to be had around there?

Ride On,

Offline aggie

Re: Western Express - North Lake Powell Lodging
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 10:59:55 pm »
There is a hotel and restaurant at Bullfrog.  It is a little pricey these days.  They also list some trailers in Hite but not sure what they are like or what services are available.  The road into and out of Bullfrog has very little traffic.  Most of it consists of pickups pulling boats.  There isn't much between Bullfrog and Blanding so take lots of water.  Its very dry but a nice ride.  You can make a reservation at

Offline zzzz

Re: Western Express - North Lake Powell Lodging
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 09:51:21 pm »

This was part of a trip I took  last September and I was also credit card touring.

When I was preparing for the trip I called the phone # listed for Hite Marina and never got an answer. Then on route I heard that Hite was closed due to low water (unlikely to be a problem on your spring trip) so I went through Bullfrog. A couple of pieces of information for you.

1) The lodge at Bullfrog is nice and the prices I paid  were $167.13 for the room & $44.93 for dinner (I still haven't filed the credit card bills off my desk)

2) They had cut out the early morning ferry (8:00) so the first ferry of the day was at 10. That meant I wasn't rolling until 10:30.

3) When Aggie says there's not much between Bullfrog and Blanding, that's a understatement. There is actually nothing (in the way of stores or restaurants) between Bullfrog and Blanding and it's 95 miles. I went through the entire 2 gallons of water I brought with me that day. I happened to have a very strong headwind for the first 6 or 7 hours  and it was over 100° but that's just the luck of the draw.

You're in for a treat though. In particular the sight of Comb Ridge about 20 miles out of Blanding was about as fantastic a sight as I saw on the entire trip.


Offline BikeFreak

Re: Western Express - North Lake Powell Lodging
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 10:37:49 am »
What about this:

However they want 230 dollars for one night at Hite!!

Anyhow, I passed through last summer when it was horrendously hot. I stayed at the campground. The ground was so hot during the night that your sleeping mattress acts as an insulator against heat from the ground and not cold. I vaguely remember the ACA maps listing some sort of motel like accomodation at Hite, but I had a hard time seeing where it was. The entire place was completely deserted. I stayed in the grocery store for 3 hours while a dust storm at 105 degF was blowing outside. Within those 3 hours there was one single customer who needed a few gallons of fuel for a boat.

Offline aggie

Re: Western Express - North Lake Powell Lodging
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 02:27:08 pm »
You can get some water at the visitors center at Natural Bridges Monument.  It is a short detour off hwy 95.  The 276 has some good scenery but be aware that you will be climbing all the way to the 95.  It is a very slight rise and virtually no shade.