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Get Ready for 2015! This is the summary of 2014 trail building in Moab Utah.

After a brilliant Saturday of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day 2014, perusing the simpler trails in the Klondike Trail System of Moab, loving the fact that a new footpath has opened, so the non-biking family members could enjoy access from a single parking lot in the backcountry, have to shout, “Hail! Moab Trail Mix!”

The volunteer organization, Moab Trail Mix, has been busy constructing new bike trails. Keep in mind the agencies, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Forest Service, National Park Service, the City, and local bike businesses and riders sit at the table and collaborate. The BLM used National Public Lands Day to encourage volunteers to shape a pedestrian path to the Dinosaur Stomping Grounds. It is an area that received tremendous press in August 2014. It is a trail that parallels the Mega Steps mountain bike trail in the Klondike Bike Trail System to an expanse of trace fossils. Close by find the Copper Ridge Track Site, both areas of tracks are from the Jurassic Period in the fluvial Morrison formation deposit.

Trail report bike-wise? The Agate trails make a delightful loop and Chilkoot Pass are the right trails for a 10 year old, new to single track. The success was measured by the need to get off and walk the bike. Sensibly it is less frustrating to ride than having to push the bicycle frequently. Looking for similar rides, caliber of easy? Raven Roll in Dead Horse Point State Park, Rusty Spur in the Moab Brand trails are proven for this particular 10 year old.

MOAB BLM has determined this year that motor assist bicycles (electric or fueled) are motorized vehicles, therefore, motor assisted bicycles are NOT allowed on non-motorized trails. The Moab Travel Council posted a terrific Motorcycle Trail Ride page in September 2014. Go look at it now.

Now onward to the New Trails!

In the La Sal Mountains, standing regal to the east of Moab, the Forest Service completed the Geyser to Burro singletrack trail and Jimmy Keen Flat Trail is 9 miles. Get a little respite from the summer heat and pedal these trails in the warmer summer months.
Back in the canyons below, there is this tally of new mileage.

HyMasa Trail is 2.7 miles of singletrack in the Amasa Back riding area. It is moderately strenuous and requires technical skill which is the case with the Amasa trails in general. Hymasa is an alternative to get off the brutal jeep route comprised of gruesome ledges. A pit toilet was installed in the Amasa parking lot this year too.

The Klondikes have had the Miner’s Loop completed near the southern parking lot. It is an advanced 1.8 mile loop over a lot of slickrock with twisty turns through pinon-junipers, sweeping by an old mining area. A beginner mile loop named Chilkoot Pass was also added. Chilkoot is located off of the Klondike northern parking lot.

The KLONZO II trail system has carnival themed trail names. These 11.3 miles of trail have been added to Moab’s inventory in 2014. It has good beginner, intermediate and intermediate/advanced pedaling options from a single parking lot. This area is unique: Roller Coaster and Red Hot is intended to be a ‘progressive skills trail’, the bumps can be rolled or jumped or even avoided.

Hotdog – .7 miles
Topspin – 1.2 miles
Midway – .9 miles
Zoltar – .6 miles
Houdini – 1.8 miles
Red Hot – .5 miles
Roller Coaster – .6 miles
Carousel – 1 mile
Wizard – .2 miles
Magician .3 miles
Gypsy – .2 miles
The Edge – .6 miles
Gravitron – 2.7 miles

Navajo Rocks has leapt into existence with the completion of 4.4 convoluted miles called Rocky Tops and 3.2 miles of undulating dirt track and sandstone outcrops called Ramblin’. Three more sections are slated for the future to be known as Big Mesa, Big Lonely and Coney Island trails. This set is situated off of State Road (S.R.) 313.

Dead Horse Point State Park installed the first 8 miles of the Intrepid Trails in 2009. Another 8.1 miles were completed at Thanksgiving 2013. The newest loops lay to the west of S.R. 313 in Dead Horse Point State Park and have been ridden by 2014 travelers often. The park also built three yurts that are now online for reservations. Each sleeps up to six people and is another camping opportunity to add to tent and RV camping already established within the state park. Plan to mountain bike from the yurts.

Transit Hub officially opened providing parking at the crossroads of the S.R. 128 bike path and the northerly stretching Moab Canyon Pathway to S.R. 313. The hub is also one of the bus stops in Moab for Elevated Transit, a daily bus service connecting Salt Lake City to Moab and farther south to Blanding Utah.

Finally, a Moab Trails app was released in early spring. Go to apps and type in “Moab Trails”. Visitors can also download trail maps from the website DiscoverMoab.com or purchase those area maps from local Moab bike shops for $2 each focus area. The money goes straight to the treasury of the Moab Trail Mix, the volunteer organization building and maintaining many of these bike opportunities in Moab.

Just in: Outerbike has two new 2015 events! Outerbike will have a Spring Moab event and takes OuterBike to Whistler Canada! Moab Off-Road Duathlon and Spring Trail Run happens on March 7 2015. The Moab Epic Mountain Bike Safari races October 31 2015. Both are new Moab races.

Training, Courses, Continuing Education, Retreats, and University activities held in Moab for 2015 are listed here.

Medical Training and Conintuing Education Courses Held in Moab

February 25 – 27 2015
Recertification for Wilderness Medical credentials
at la Quinta

March 22 – 28 2015
Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy
At Red Cliffs Lodge
http://www.c-ortho-bionomy.com/classes/ Cynthia Wood
March 26 2015 Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Refresher
March 27 2015 Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner Refresher

April 18-20 2015
Recertificiation for Wilderness Medical Credentials
At Moab Arts and Recreation Center

May 13-16 2015
Wilderness Medicine Certification for Medical Professionals
At MOAB Valley Inn

University Activity in Moab

March 6-8 2015
Rock Climbing Academic noncredit UofU

April 3-5 2015
Rock Climbing Academic noncredit UofU

April 5 – 11 2015
Alternative Spring Break
Environmental Stewardship and Conservation: Moab Utah

Utah State University Campus in Moab Utah
Application Deadlines are
April 1 2015 for Summer Session
Summer Session lasts from May 11 – August 14 2015
April 1 2015 for Fall Session
Fall Session lasts from August 31 – December 11 2015
Retreats

April 3-5 2015
Adventure Rabbi
At Gold Bar Campground

April 16-19 2015
Yoga Retreat

Located on the banks of the Colorado River, 1863 North Highway 191, Moab UT.

Many Amenities: Gas Fire Pit, Bike Storage, Business Center, Breakfast, Store, Meeting Room.

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I just like this journey, the images, the words that put images in my mind’s eye…

Originally posted on Just Busy Being:

This year, I really wanted to go to New York City for my birthday. Eric really wanted to go to Washington State.  We went to Canyonlands National Park.  There is no explanation for why things like this happen.


Canyonlands is approximately 5 hours southwest of Denver, depending on where you enter.  We entered through Green River, UT spending the night in preparation for a full day of challenging four-wheel driving.  Once inside the park, it took about 4 hours to travel a distance of 40 miles before we reached our destination, The Maze.

 It’s actually far more incredible than the photo indicates.  It’s difficult capturing landscapes with lens limitations. Luckily, I suffer from comprehensive four-wheel driving terror and really worry about tumbling down a sharp cliff and dying. It’s usually best if I walk the terrain that looks deadly which provides many opportunities for macro photography.

Camping in The Maze requires some…

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Utah from the NPS list for National Fossil Day events

bulletBLM Canyon Country District/Utah Friends of Paleontology/Moab Information Center/Canyonlands Natural History Association/Museum of Moab

Monthly Public Lectures (free):
September 24, 2014 – ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist for Canyon Country, will present “The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite” about the new tracksite found north of Moab and the plans to build a publicly interpreted trail at this site. This presentation will be held at 6:00 PM at Zions Bank, (330 South Main, Moab, Utah), in the Downstairs Conference Room. This talk is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact ReBecca Hunt-Foster at rhuntfoster@blm.gov or at 435-259-2179.
October 9, 2014 – ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist for Canyon Country, will present “Walking in their Footsteps: Fossil Tracks of Grand County” about the abundance of fossilized tracks known from the Moab area on public lands. This presentation will be held at the Moab Information Center at the corner of Center and Main, in Moab, Utah, at 6:00 PM. This talk is free and open to the public.
October 29, 2014 – Rob Gaston, owner of Gaston design will present a talk about his discovery in the 1990’s of the very first Utahraptor and Gastonia. This presentation will be held at 6:00 PM at Zions Bank, (330 South Main, Moab, Utah), in the Downstairs Conference Room. This talk is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact ReBecca Hunt-Foster at rhuntfoster@blm.gov or at 435-259-2179.

bulletBLM Canyon Country District/Utah Friends of Paleontology/Moab Information Center/Canyonlands Natural History Association/Museum of Moab
National Fossil Day Activities:
Moab Megatracksite Hiking Trail Building

Date & time:September 20, 2014, 8:30
Location: Meet at the new Transit Hub parking lot at the Jct of Hwy 191 and 128, then we’ll drive north of the Airport, and north of the Cell tower. We’ll turn off at M.P. 148.5 then keep right to reach the Mega Steps Mt. Bike Trailhead. The drive is about 30-40 mins.from town.
Bring: Work Gloves, plenty of water and lunch.
Trail building in this case involves some pruning, and a little dirt work , but mostly we need many hands to help mark the trail by building rock cairns and to place rock lining to identify the trail on the slickrock sections. A few people will carry in posts or signs to mark trail junctions. Rock lining or cairn building involves finding football size rocks. Lots of walking back and forth. If you reach the top of the trail it is about 2 miles. The Dinosaur tracks are near the top….maybe at 1.5 miles. Come for any length of time. Contact: Sandy Freethey – Trail Mix 259-0253 or 260-2586.

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail Building (Phase 1B)
Dates: September 22-26, 2014
Interested members of the public are invited to join the BLM, the Utah Friends of Paleontology, the Utah Conservation Corps, and Trail Mix as we work together to build a new trail to a 120 million year dinosaur tracksite, north of Moab, Utah. Paleontologists and volunteers will be onsite to build the 0.25 miles trail. During the work, participants will learn how paleontologists differentiate between tracks and the dinosaurs that made them, as well as the importance of protecting fossil track sites. Those interested in volunteering should contact the BLM-Utah Canyon Country District paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster at the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at rhuntfoster@blm.gov or at 435-259-2179.
Extreme temperatures! – bring water and sunscreen. Although the hike to the site is relatively short, working in the sun and heat may not be enjoyable or advisable for everyone. The hike is very short, and your volunteer hours can vary in duration, participants should be aware of their own skill level and health, and proceed accordingly.

Willow Springs Dinosaur Tracksite stabilization:
Date & time September 27, 2014 8:30 AM
Location: Meet at the new Transit Hub parking lot at the Jct of Hwy 191 and 128, then we’ll drive 30-40 minutes to the site. From Moab, we’ll go north on US Highway 191 for 12 miles. If coming from Crescent Jct. (I-70), go south on US Highway 191 for 18.7 miles. The track site is 3.4 miles off of Highway 191, on the Willow Springs Road. (Turn right onto the Willow Springs Road, off US Highway 191. 1.4 miles – take the left fork to Willow Springs. 1.7 miles – stay right on the main road and continue straight towards the Klonzo Trailes area. 2.9 miles – stay right. 3.4 miles – arrive at tracksite).
Bring: Work Gloves, plenty of water and lunch THE WORK:
This tracksite was originally being driven on in the 1980s by vehicles before the site was recognized, and the road rerouted. Since this time the tracks have become a popular destination. The tracks are preserved in the Jurassic Entrada Sandstone that is immediately overlain by the Summerville Formation. The red mudstones of the Summerville have been eroding down onto the track surface during rain events, covering several of the tracks. We would like to build a berm and drainage area to help move the water away from the tracksite and reduce the amount of sediment that covers the tracks. This project will be easily completed within a day. A short interpretive talk will be given to participants during stabilization to help further foster an importance for the work and for our Nation’s fossil resources. Activities will be on hand to help children and other participants understand how dinosaur tracks are made, preserved, and exposed. Participants will have an opportunity to conduct real science on the track sites, such as measuring the tracks to figure out how large the animal was and how quickly it was moving; test to discover which types of dinosaurs made the tracks we will observe; and searching for and identifying modern tracks made by living organisms. Those interested in volunteering should contact the BLM-Utah Canyon Country District paleontologist ReBecca Hunt-Foster at the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at rhuntfoster@blm.gov or at 435-259-2179. Come for any length of time. Volunteer hours can vary in duration, participants should be aware of their own skill level and health, and proceed accordingly.

Dinosaur Fest 2014 – October 10, 2014
The Museum of Moab, Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Canyon Country BLM Field Office are hosting the first Dinosaur Fest. This free event will be held on the lawns of the Museum of Moab and the Moab Information Center, with activities, games and hands on activities available for participants of all ages. Events start at 5PM with the public invited to a free screening of the movie “Walking with Dinosaurs” at the Moab Information Center at the corner of Center and Main, in Moab, Utah, at 7:00 PM. This movie is free and open to the public. A short paleontology question and answer session will be held after the movie, hosted by paleontologist Dr. John Foster of the Museum of Moab, and ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM District Paleontologist for Canyon Country.

Steve Hamlin

Steve Hamblin

My 4 and 6 year olds said they liked riding over the bumps.

Check out Steve Hamlin’s report about Mountain Biking in Moab with kids.

Get a load of February in Moab Utah.

Travel Images has a workshop lead by photographer John Baker on February 19 – 28 2014. Later in February, 28th – March 2, photographer Dave Forster holds his Winter Canyonlands – Arches Workshop. Don’t’ be alarmed if either has no more spots, because local photographers, Jon Fuller and Bret Edge, provide photo tours all year round with advanced reservations.

February 28 – March 2nd Poison Spider Bicycles hosts a fun weekend with parties and scheduled activities. The Poison Spider Thaw features a women’s mountain bike skills clinic, bike demos, and meet & greet party. Come join the spring trail riding with local guides and legends of the sport of mountain biking!

Go Anytime — 

Moab Backcountry Trail Rides serves visitors throughout the winter. Make reservations to experience the towering red walls from the saddle, like John Wayne in the 1961 film, “Comencharos”. The MoabInformationCenter has a free pamphlet listing movies filmed in Moab. Take a drive to the movie sites; make it a scavenger hunt of sorts. Or download the pamphlet in advance of an arrival to watch films with Moab backdrops to get excited about a jaunt to Moab. Soon to be released in 2014: “Need for Speed” and “Transformer 4”, both have scenes shot in Moab.

For Valentines Day double up on the possibilities in Moab.

Enjoy three fee free days in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks on February 15, 16, 17. Adults include the theater production, “Almost, Maine” by the Moab Community Theater players, held at Historic Star Hall February 13, 14, 15 at 7 PM. There is even Moonlilght bike riding at Dead Horse Point State Park February 15th.

http://www.discovermoab.com/calendar.htm for all the details.

 

 

 

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