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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.

 

 

 

Ringing in the New Year

Ringing in the New Year

For a winter visit, this announcement about Visitor Center hours in the National Parks by Moab is useful.

Travelers to Moab can now book flights into the Canyonlands Airport utilizing SkyWest, a Delta Connection flight.

Getting ready for the 50th Anniversary of Canyonlands National Park in 2014 and finishing with some honors here at the end of 2013.

Skating has been good on Ken’s Lake. Snow is scattered around, still local folks are mountain biking in various places around here.

And the National Park Service has announced the Fee Free Days for 2014.

Wishing everyone a happy, enjoyable conclusion to 2013 and a spirited New Year!

Trip Advisor Posts the 2013 Ten Destination on the Rise in the United States

Moab Utah is on the TripAdvisor list this 2013.

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