Dates: late March into April
I'd love to hear route suggestions, or certain areas to hit. I'll be on a pinion mountain bike or gravel bike. Pavement and gravel are good. (Possibly rugged mountain biking, depending on if I switch forks.) Priority: scenery & testing out my new bike! I also love to lock up my bike to hike or even backpack. I'll be doing photography along the way.
I'd rather stay away from dangerous traffic.
I used to ride all terrain on a rigid, but do to injuries (bc someone ran a light at 45mph), I need suspension now to mountain bike. So, I could do gravel terrain or swap forks and get on more rugged stuff.
Curious what anyone has to suggest!
Photography and Art inspired on tour: weissoft.com/GeometricArt
For more off the beaten path gravel/dirt type riding, I personally would try the Skyline Drive; Cathedral Rd. & Hankville Rd. northwest of Hankville, the Devil's Backbone loop west of Boulder and Escalante; or Burr Trail Road heading east from Boulder. For paved, you can't beat Bryce and Zion.
Have a wonderful tour!
I’d check out these two sites for gravel routes.
Here’s a good article on route development: https://bikepacking.com/plan/route-planning-guide/
Enjoy your adventure!