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Utah from the NPS list for National Fossil Day events

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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.

Guiding in Moab Utah requires a medical credential. Here is known medical training in the 2014 season that shall be held in Moab.

What kind of guiding is there in Moab? Here is a list of the Moab Outfitters.

Wilderness Medicine of Utah – February 17-23 2014

Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS – February 26 – 28 2014 Recertification courses for Wildersness First Responder or Wilderness Advanced First Aid held with Canyonlands Field Institute of Moab.

National Outdoor Leadership School – April 8 – 17 2014

Wilderness Medicine of Utah – April 14 – 20 2014

Advanced Wilderness Life Support – May 14-17 2014 A course for licensed MD, PhD, DDS, PA, EMT, Nurse, Paramedic

 

Mountain Bike Tours are an efficient means of maximizing the time to get a taste of Moab’s fabulous mountain bike trails and single track. Travel to appropriate trail heads for the determined bicycling ability in combination with an opportunity for additional instruction and possibly food provision and an included shuttle.

Bike Tours:

  • Solfun Offering Beginning to Gonzo day trips.
  • Magpie Cycling Adventures Providing private guided rides and instruction by the day or join a departure date for National Park camping and trails.
  • Dreamride Cycling Featuring road cycling and mountain bike vacation packages.
  • Escape Adventures Guided half day and full day rides. Multi-day camping – pedaling tours are available with advance reservations.
  • Western Spirit Cycling Adventures Combination mountain bike and paddle trip, spring break teen mountain bike camp/ride, road biking and classic National Parks of Moab. Western Spirit is the event planner for the October Outerbike event.
  • Rim Tours If it is a trail of Moab, Rim Tours has permits to take mountain bikers there on a half-day or full day trip. Home of the Sunrise Downhill Tour, complete with delicious breakfast. Also outfitting multi-day camping tours and partnering with Alison Dunlap, World Champion and 2 time Olympian, for three skills camp situated in Moab.
  • Adrift Adventures AM and PM half day mountain bike departures daily. Combine it with one of Adrift’s other adventures: rafting, ATV, canyoneering, stand up paddle boarding, and/or 4×4 trips.
  • Moab Mountain Bike Instruction Skills, drills and stunts are helpful for development during a group mountain bike camp, or inquire about private instruction.

Rent a Bike:

  • Poison Spider Bicycles Renting Mountain Bikes for kids and adults. Road Bike rentals are available. The Shop will help renters organize a guided tour. And Poison Spider is the event planner for the Gran Fondo Road Cycling event in May.
  • Chile Pepper Bike Shop Coffee bar and retail/service shop along with bike rentals for kids, road cycling and  26″ or 29″ mountain bike. Event planner for the Moab Ho-Down and Mountain Bike film festival in October.
  • Moab Tourism Center Renting Bike racks that fit most vehicles. Shuttle trailer has a 2″ ball,  holds up to 8 bikes and is available to rent. Kid Mountain Bikes rented here. Rental bikes come with a bike lock.
  • Moab Cyclery  Daily Shuttles depart from the Bike Rental and Retail Shop.
  • Rim Cyclery Retail and Repair Shop renting mountain bikes, kid’s mountain bike, car bike racks, and a trail-a-bike or bike trailer to haul children.

Trail Maps:

  • Gearheads
  • Back of Beyond Books
  • Moab Information Center
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