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From Information Center, ride 5.5 blocks to 500 West (3rd light) and turn right. Travel 5 blocks to 500 North, and follow curve to left onto 500 North. Route travels through residential area and past the high school. About 3 miles further, a sign will indicate Lapoint ahead. You are now on Hwy 121.1 mile ahead will begin a slight upgrade and 2.2 miles more will bring you to the crest of a hill. For the next mile or so. the route follows rolling hills with moderate grade changes.
The next 6.7 miles travels through the broken outcrops and redrock badlands of Twelve-Mile Wash. A few miles further, route begins the descent into the farming community of Lapoint. Continue through town to a junction 3.45 miles ahead, turn left. Hwy 40 is 7 miles ahead and a sawmill will appear on your right. The road to Hwy 40 travels through fairly level farm country.
At the junction with Hwy 40. turn left being cautious of traffic. Another mile brings you to the small community of Gusher. Continue east on Hwy 40 and begin a long upgrade, which brings you back into redrock badlands. 7 miles from Gusher is the turnoff to Ouray Wildlife Refuge. A long ascent the next 10 miles brings you to a viewpoint of the Ashley Valley and Vernal below. Stop for a breather and enjoy the view. Continue on Hwy 40 to return to the Information Center.Directions
Route begins at the information center at 235 E. Main in Vernal.Highlights
Route begins in residential town following rolling hills with moderate grade changes. Route then travels through the broken outcrops and redrock badlands of Twelve-Mile Wash into the farming community of Lapoint. Route continues to the community of Gusher and ends a viewpoint of the Ashley Valley and Vernal.