Top 5 Harley-Davidson Rides in Salt Lake City

Mar 19, 2022

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Harley-Davidson ridden near Salt Lake City.

Few places in the world compare to Salt Lake City. Set against a striking backdrop formed by the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City is the gem of the western United States. Utah’s capital boasts some of the most spectacular views in the state, the best snow on Earth, and a unique culture derived from the actions of its industrious founder Brigham Young and his Mormon settlers. Salt Lake City is a young and dynamic city, home to natural, historic, and religious attractions, along with nearby skiing and mountain-based adventures. 

All this is good news for tourists and even better news for motorcycle riders. Salt Lake City has been called the "Crossroads of the West" because of its prime location in relation to many major highways in the region. Motorcyclists can reach Interstate 15 (which runs north and south through Salt Lake City), U.S. Route 89, and State Route 73 within a short drive from the capital. With proximity to five national parks, skiing, various outdoor activities, an international airport, not to mention a metropolitan city with top tier amenities, riders will have an easy time getting to and out of Salt Lake City for an unforgettable vacation experience.

Motorcycle enthusiasts in the Salt Lake City area don't have to go far to find amazing stretches of road that match their passion for riding. So we recommend renting a bike in the city. Check out Riders Share, grab a motorcycle rental in Salt Lake City, and enjoy the time of your life. Some of the best rides are found within a short trip from the metro area. Read the Top 5 Motorcycle Events Around Salt Lake City for more trip ideas. 

1. Salt Lake City - Big Cottonwood Canyon

Big Cottonwood Canyon is an alpine wonderland and one of Utah’s most beautiful outdoor destinations. It is located 25 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake International Airport. Entering Big Cottonwood Canyon you’re surrounded by the massive cliffs and colorful rock layers that make this park every photographer's dream. The canyon divides Little Cottonwood Canyon from Greater Cottonwood Canyon, with Big Cottonwood Canyon setting off on the northwest side of the Wasatch Front. Highway 210 runs the length of the canyon below the steep walls from Sandy to Big Cottonwood Creek and passes through some of Utah’s most popular ski resorts (Alta, Snowbird, and Solitude). The drive to Big Cottonwood Canyon is not only easy but scenic. Whether you’re into snowboarding, skiing, climbing, or hiking, Big Cottonwood Canyon is a must-see destination.

Riding a Harley-Davidson rental from Salt Lake City makes for a really comfortable but still-exhilarating ride. Harley-Davidsons have a way of doing that, and the FXBRS ANX 114 is no exception. It’s a prime choice for road trips like this one, especially because it comes equipped with plenty of power to climb steep grades. Read the How to Rent a Harley-Davidson Cruiser Motorcycle article for more tips on how to choose a Harley.

2. Salt Lake City - Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park is Utah’s largest island. The island attracts people with both its natural beauty and its storied history. It’s also widely known for its large herd of American Bison, unbeatable scenery, and top-notch recreational activities. Antelope Island State Park is located about an hour northwest of downtown Salt Lake City, along the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. The park provides stunning views and opportunities to view wildlife. Because the lake is so salty, the water is extremely buoyant; visitors can float on its surface without effort. You’ll find a restaurant on the island and concessionaires, both of which provide limited goods and services. A visitor center and 12-site campground are located in Buffalo Point at the southern tip of Antelope Island. You should also know that there are two state parks on the island. The southern part is called Buffalo Point and the northern part is called Henrietta. Each section has its unique attractions and can fill your whole day with rewarding hikes.

For this trip, pick up a Harley-Davidson in Salt Lake City. We recommend the Harley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King. It comes equipped with a windshield and rear travel pack that’s easy on, easy off. This Harley can go around 150 miles on four-gallons of fuel at 37 mpg.

3. Salt Lake City - Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats is a remnant of an ancient lake. Here, you’ll find a dry lake bed and the Great Salt Lake Desert, both draw tourists from all around the world. The Bonneville Salt Flats are encrusted with a layer of salt that extends for hundreds of miles. Although there are numerous sightseeing opportunities for visitors, the salt flats are a popular spot for off-road racers. The ride to the Bonneville Salt Flats is very straight and flat, owing to their remote location. On route, you can make a quick stop at the Tree of Life, an abstract sculpture by Karl Momen. While at the salt flats, feel free to take pictures or selfies on the salt hills to impress friends and family. Interstate 80 divides the salt flats into a northern and southern half, with the north side featuring commercial potash operations and the south side containing speedway racetracks and sightseeing areas.

When renting a motorcycle in Salt Lake City it’s important to have the right ride, especially for remote locations like the Bonneville Salt Flats. That’s why we would recommend the Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic—especially those who want an exhilarating riding experience.

4. Salt Lake City - Mt. Timpanogos

Mount Timpanogos serves as a backdrop of some of Utah’s most famous paintings, many dating back to the pioneer days. This spectacular mountain attracts countless hikers and peak baggers every year because of its convenient location north of Salt Lake City. For more adventurous types, it’s also an outstanding test of their mountaineering skills. But no matter what your reason for showing up, Mount Timpanogos offers unrivaled views that leave you breathless, especially on a clear day. 

Not surprisingly, this stunning mountaintop has played a significant role in Utah history and lore. Mount Timpanogos is a mountain with two distinct personalities. It’s the second-highest mountain in the Wasatch Mountain range, and also has a long offshoot ridge extending to the north. It showcases scenic vistas of Utah Valley. The drive to Mt. Timpanogos, via Utah State Route 45 (also known as the Alpine Loop Road), is like no other. Once there, you can summit the mountain on foot or head to Timpanogos Cave. The North Timpooneke Trail leads to the summit, extending about 7.5 miles one-way from the Timpooneke Campground in American Fork Canyon. The trail for the Timpanogos Cave begins at the Timpanogos Cave visitor center in American Fork Canyon. Both the entrance to the cave and the entrance to the trail can be found on the Alpine Loop.

A Harley-Davidson remains a strong choice for this excursion. The touring-friendly Road Glide Ultra has everything you need to hit the open road. The Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine provides more power, torque, and strong acceleration than comparable models.

5. Salt Lake City - Homestead Crater

Homestead Crater in Midway, Utah is truly a one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon. Our final destination is, in fact, a rare and remarkable geothermal spring. Over 10,000 years in the making, the "Homestead Crater" formed when melting snow on the Wasatch Mountains seeped deep within the earth. Two miles below the surface, the earth’s interior heated the water, producing a spring. It’s hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock. The hole at the top of the dome lets in sunlight and fresh air while the interior stays heated by the mineral water at a constant range of 90 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the self-guided tour if you want to explore what this geothermal spring is all about without getting wet!

Renting Harley-Davidson motorcycles is one of the most fun and exciting ways to travel. The Harley-Davidson FXDWG 103 Dyna Wide Glide is the motorcycle of choice for this exotic outing. It offers more handling and a lighter ride than the Sportster line, but without losing that classic Harley V-twin thump. The Dyna’s distinctive styling is delivered by a larger diameter front wheel, aggressive fork, and slimmer fuel tank.

Utah has some of the best scenery in the country, and there’s more to this mountain-filled land than Salt Lake City. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring views along the Rocky Mountain front or the wide-open roads that run through empty and desolate lands, there’s plenty to see and do if you get off the beaten path. We hope they inspire you to rent a motorcycle the next time you’re in Salt Lake City and tackle these exciting and scenic rides.

If you love motorcycles as much as we do, consider using Riders Share. This online riders-to-renters marketplace is the perfect way to rent a motorcycle and get out and enjoy the open road. Riders Share can help turn your dream vacation into a reality. Get started by choosing a motorcycle and location, and rent from the convenience and safety of your own home. Your ride—and your dream vacation—will be waiting for you.