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post #31 of 41
Nice! You seemed to hit most of the good stuff around that area. The first 10 years we lived here we explored every inch of the Southern Utah area, it was fun reliving a lot of travels reading your TR.
post #32 of 41

Very cool trip. I'm going in April and looking for he coolest hikes. Opinions? How was the Primitive Loop in Devils Garden? Worth it? Thanks for any intel?

post #33 of 41
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Very cool trip. I'm going in April and looking for he coolest hikes. Opinions? How was the Primitive Loop in Devils Garden? Worth it? Thanks for any intel?

Devil's Garden is incredible. While having to be a little bit careful with first times being the best, that hike just has everything. It's really not so much about the arches as it is about being so deep in ancient fin geological terrain. Many hikes are about a view payoff - this one is about layers upon layers upon layers. You ask "Am I in the right place?" even as you stand right beside a cairn. A couple literally asked us...standing right in the obvious cairn markers. This pic.



You re-emerge somewhere on the other side of that bullet train in the middle left. And that is after all the arches. All that for 7 miles total including all spurs.

The Joint in Needles is another one of those "best hike ever" trails, keeping in mind I have only hiked the core "joint". Not that it isn't obvious, but I think Needles is the diamond in the rough of the entire area. The whole experience of the approach to the park, the intimacy and uniqueness of the terrain, the remoteness. It is the most spiritual and most rewarding to me. I think the Confluence is a true bucket list place (and The Joint to Chesler Park) but there is really no "hike" there, outside of the "road". To see it all, I think you have to plan to camp backcountry unless you can do my trip 4WD. That was the one day I struggled a little bit leaving. It feels like there are only so many times you get to be there - especially with the kids.

Islands is a pocketful of experiences - it goes as a collection. That longer Upheaval Dome hike is a gem. You get some really varied terrain with constant views. It's one of those "dropping in" hikes that is really memorable.

Assuming you have hiked Delicate...not sure that ever gets old and unlikely to be overly touristy in April. Some of the 4wd / MTB terrain in the BLM land is incredible - think Golden Spike - but it's too much to hike in most cases and you will get non-hiker traffic. Some places are best seen with some rubber under your skin. Paradox as that may be.
post #34 of 41


looks amazing...

 

i might have just added somehting to my bucket list.

 

 

 

i wonder if that is doable in winter.. i can combine that with skiing around SLC (which is also on my bucket list)!

post #35 of 41

Nice trip report!  I love the UT desert.  Have you done the trip by water?  You can do easy canoe or raft trips down the Green River to the confluence and access some really great remote hiking terrain.  I've done the trip from Ruby Ranch to Spanish bottom several times and have floated from Potash to the Lake through Cataract as well.  The Doll House is worth hiking up to from Spanish Bottom.  I've also gotten into The Maze and Upheaval dome from the river.  There are great pictographs and some ruins along the river.  I like to spend 10 days floating and hiking through there, but it could be done in a lot less or even more.  Next time I float through there I might take a motor, especially for running Cat.  The Colorado River side isn't as spectacular as the Green River side, but the road trip begins and ends at a place called Jackson Hole which is cool.

 

I have also gone down to the area car camping.  There are really great areas just outside the National Parks where you can camp and hike with your dog and not deal with all the regulations.  Beef Basin, which you mentioned, is one that has some cool ruins.

post #36 of 41
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I haven't gone in by river, although we have talked about it. This was the first trip where all four kids were old enough to manage most if not all of their own safety. That opens up options for sure.

I'd also like to get out in The Maze and some other areas more expedition style. Usually best with a group, and more in rooftop tent mode so you don't have to break camp each day (in family size mode) or stay so centrally. It would be amazing to stay out there for 2-3 weeks and get further from the tour guide spots...all back country...one day...
post #37 of 41
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I haven't gone in by river, although we have talked about it. This was the first trip where all four kids were old enough to manage most if not all of their own safety. That opens up options for sure.

I'd also like to get out in The Maze and some other areas more expedition style. Usually best with a group, and more in rooftop tent mode so you don't have to break camp each day (in family size mode) or stay so centrally. It would be amazing to stay out there for 2-3 weeks and get further from the tour guide spots...all back country...one day...

 

The river is a really good way to get in deep.  You can carry a lot of stuff and have several really good base camps when you do lay-over days.  The water is very easy from Green River to Spanish Bottom on the Green.  It's slightly harder from Potash to Spanish Bottom on the Colorado.  The Green River side is a lot nicer.  Spanish Bottom is just below the confluence.  You catch a jet boat back up the Colorado at the end or be prepared to run Cataract Canyon.  The jet boat people can run your whole shuttle and outfit you with all the river gear you need.  You leave your car parked in a fenced lot in Moab and you don't see it again until you get off.  The best trips are from Ruby Ranch to Spanish Bottom 121 miles, or from Mineral Bottom to Spanish Bottom about 65 miles shorter.

post #38 of 41

All that and no skiing? WTF? :D

 

That trip looks awesome. I've only been off-roading once, and nothing serious, but seems like a fun way to get around. Great family time too! Thanks for the report.

post #39 of 41
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All that and no skiing? WTF? biggrin.gif

That trip looks awesome. I've only been off-roading once, and nothing serious, but seems like a fun way to get around. Great family time too! Thanks for the report.

Only a little snow on top of the La Sals. Could have skied that dune behind camp, though biggrin.gif.
post #40 of 41

That was a great trip report.  Have never been there.  Looks amazing.  Thanks for sharing NayBreak

post #41 of 41
Thanks for the Trip report 👍
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