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Photography Workshops for the 2017 Travel Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Moab Photography Symposium
  • http://moabphotosym.com/ All B&W version
  • Bruce Hucko, Huntington Witherill, Bruce Barnbaum, Michael E. Gordon, Guy Tal, Chuck Kimmerle, Colleen Miniuj-Sperry, Jeff Foott and Judith Zimmerman
  • May 4-7 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

For hints of time of day http://www.outdooreyes.com/photographarches.php3

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With the fabulous weather camping is predominantly sought in the desert around Moab Utah. The tricky bit is determining the location for the convenient access of specific adventures. Which adventures? Mountain biking, hiking, climbing, 4-wheeling and OHV trail riding are among those.

Which Campgrounds Have Access to Your Activity?

Sand Flats Recreation area is home to the Slickrock Bike Trail and contains the Porcupine Rim Trail. Camping is limited to 9 various locations amounting to 120 individual sites. Besides the mountain biking to be had, motorized use enjoys, Hells Revenge and the Fins and Things trails. Sand Flats is attractive for the owners of OHV’s which are NOT street legal. These OHVs – UTVs/ATVs/Motorcycle trail bikes can be ridden right out of camp to the trails in Sand Flats.

Similarly, Horsethief Campground off of Hwy 313 serves OHV users desiring to ride out of camp. There is a tremendous network of trails in the region north of Moab. It is best to have maps of the area to see how all the segments mesh. Nearby is Cowboy Camp, a little spot for tent camping – no camp trailers allowed. From this Hwy 313 camp, mountain bikers can connect to the Navajo Rocks trail system, the Intrepid Trail system in Dead Horse Point State Park and/or the many routes in the Gemini Bridges area, like the Magnificent Seven and the newest Horsethief bike trail network.

For the climbers, Wall Street on Hwy 279 is a popular hang out to belay buddies. Close to the climbing are Jaycee Park and Williams Bottom camping areas. Those have nice tent camping and have the essential pit toilet for conveniently fulfilling the Leave No Trace adage. Near Big Bend Campground on Hwy 128, the Bureau of Land Management has established a proper parking area for bouldering. Find a map in Karl Kelley’s, High on Moab, the newest and all around informative climber guide including 21 challenging boulders. Drinks Canyon, Hal Canyon and Oak Grove Campgrounds would also be places to stay to be close to Big Bend Boulders.

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Pipe Safe for BLM First Come, First Served Sites $15 a night

Also on Hwy 128, consider Lower Onion Creek for camping access for rolling right out of camp to 4-wheel or OHV Onion Creek and connecting with Top of the World and Polar Mesa. Fisher Towers is best as a tent camping spot and serves up some nice hiking and climbing.

Out on Kane Creek Road, Moonflower Canyon shall have fewer walk-in tent sites. Spring Canyon walk-in tent sites out along Kane Creek Road will be closed and reclaimed.  Find additional walk-in sites added to Kings Bottom to balance out the removal of the others. Got a motorhome? Toy hauler? Head out to the Ledges camping area where there are 105 sites with access to dirt trails from camp.

Prefer a full hook-up? Make reservations with a commercial campground in Moab. Street Legal UTVs are able to drive to trails. Archview Resort is the only campground near Moab to ride an ATV out of camp and get that full hook up for an RV. North 38 miles, in Thompson Springs are hookups at the Ballard RV Park. Trails can be ridden out of there. Find out more in the Third Edition of Charles A. Wells, Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.

Behind the Rocks is 14 miles south of Moab. Turn west off of Hwy 191. There will be no camping signs posted here.  Camping is not allowed from the turn off for about 3 miles. After that distance some sites for tent camping appear. Keep going. The first two dirt roads off to the south go to houses. Keep going. The next roads lead to a tear drop design of RV sites. The most important matter here is to have a portable toilet to use in the Behind the Rocks area. Tent campers can purchase wag-bags (a means of packing out human refuse) from the Moab Information Center. Nice trail riding out here, dappled with arches.

The Moab Information Center is teeming with area maps. Stop in to get maps or guide books to see the many trail options available in and around Moab Utah. It is located at the corner of Main and Center Street, open 7 days a week.

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Arches National Park is reserved online using recreation.gov. It sells out months in advance. No hookups. Dead Horse Point, Utah, State Park also reserves camping online. Dead Horse has electrical hookups. It too sells out months in advance. Canyonlands National Park has first come, first served camping. No OHV use allowed in the national parks of Moab.  So the parks are great for hikers especially.

When the weather is fine, camping is popular. Most important about backcountry use, enthusiasts are required to Leave No Trace, which means using portable toilets or camping in sites with pit toilets. Gathering firewood is prohibited. Bring your own or buy bundles from many shops in Moab. South town Maverick has a free dump station for RVs. Bring a hose to fill up with water from the side of the Maverick store seen from the dump station. Spanish Trail Shell can refill propane tanks and allows filling water from a faucet along the curb near where the propane is dispensed.  Again bring a hose to fill an RV. Farm and City Seed and Feed does it all, dump, water ($5 fee), and propane in one stop.

Find more camping details on http://discovermoab.com/campgrounds.htm or call 435-259-8825.

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Murals:

Murals dapple various establishments in Moab Utah. Make it a scavenger hunt to walk or pedal about to discover more about Moab’s civic pride in the form of art. Along north Main Street see Poison Spider Bicycle’s shop wall and a river scene across the front of Adrift Adventures. Saunter from Main Street west onto 400 North and south along 100 West. Find murals at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center at 156 N 100 W and more building art at Rim Cyclery 94 W 100 N. Return to Main Street and across to gaze at the bright scenes painted by Pete Apicella onto the Kokopelli Inn Towner from the sidewalk on East 100 North. On the opposite end of town another river scene adorns Canyonlands Field Institute’s buildings. Tucked behind Milt’s Stop and Eat on the back of Dave’s Corner Market is another water scene albeit a cretaceous rendering. From the cretaceous panel at the corner of East Mill Creek Drive and 400 East, take a walk to find several points of interest. Wander up Mill Creek Drive to the intersection to giggle at the eyes embossed in the retaining wall. Go back to Rotary Park, get a drink of water, play percussion instruments, then head west on the path, over the bridge, along the creek to 400 East. Go under 400 East to find the walls of the tunnel embellished there. Use the ramp to gain the sidewalk north on 400 East to amble to Dixie Park across the street from Milt’s. In this pocket park there is a sculpture, “Rest Assured”, by local artist Serena Supplee. Also note the hand stamped concrete art in Dixie.

A Big Horn Sheep profile is on the north end of the Moab Brewery building.

Another Big Horn Sheep appears startled in the depiction upon the back wall of Aarchway Inn. The mural there renders archeology elements in a terrific stone setting of the desert southwest.

The newest mural, quite resplendent, is on the Tesoro Fuel Station mid-town at the entrance to the Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground.

Sculpture:

Some 3-D items can be seen clinging to places, like the big desert lizard on Club Rio’s building or another lizard hugging the Gonzo Inn sign on Main Street. Continue down the street past Gonzo Inn for a funny, warped art piece on the fence of Dream Rides office location. Stroll up Center Street from 100 West, there are Kokopelli statuary dotting the way. Onward east of Main Street go to the Moonstone Gallery, a sculpture garden, first pieces were commissioned to Michael Dunton. Dunton also provided the downtown street light embellishments of hanging stone. On the way beside the Museum of Moab, there is another sculpture to view too. This stroll will also pass the Center Street Gym which has a Diversity Mural, a collaborative project of community members of all ethnic descents financed by Utah Arts Council, Moab Arts Council and the Moab Arts and Recreation Center.

Out of town: turn onto Spanish Trail Road at the Spanish Trail Shell Station. Continue east to the roundabout of E Bench Road and Murphy Lane. In the circle are iron Kokopelli figures. Similar figures are to be found on the corner of Center Street and 100 West and in the yard of the Moab Information Center.

One of Moab’s natural attractions is the historic rock art panels protected by the American Antiquities Act for permanent preservation for future generations. The Moab Information Center has a free leaflet detailing directions to these precious places. Please exercise care while enjoying these landmarks. Do not make rubbings, touch nor add scratches, ink, paint, marks to the stone surfaces, signs, fences, cultural structures in all of Moab.

Go Inside: find Hotel Moab Downtown (182 S. Main Street). The lobby has interesting graphics on the walls. Nearby the Red Rock Bakery has a surprise in the restroom. And inside the Moab Brewery landscape murals wrap around the top of the walls.

On Going:

Big Horn Gallery located in the Dead Horse Point State Park visitor center has rotating exhibits by regional artists to enjoy.

Gallery Moab is an artist cooperative. At the time of this writing, twenty two artists are involved. Find artists regularly utilizing the space for a studio to enable visitors to watch and interact with local Moab artists. The group also has workshops and events held at the 87 North Main, Moab address.

Native American art can be viewed and purchased from Lema’s Kokopelli Gallery, Canyonlands Trading Post, Arches Trading Post, or the Hogan Trading Company. Bret Edge and Tom Till have galleries of photography on Main Street Moab. Framed Image is a block east of Main Street at 59 E. Center Street displaying regional artists in that gallery.

Craft your own art:

  • As a photographer. Consider reserving a photography tour with local Moab companies.
  • As a painter. Crooked Strokes has classes and can be reserved for private parties to paint and sip your favorite beverage.

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Moab’s Grand County consists of 3,682 square miles. Take a ride around the county to locate alternative Arches to be seen while in Moab. Whether your preference is hiking, biking, 4wheeling or sightseeing from the pavement, an arch is set aloft of the natural crevices and broadways, awaiting your gaze. The main arteries, State Roads 128, 279, 313, 211, and 191, are obvious routes once you have arrived in Moab. Moab is such a little quaint town. Get a map and head out. So what is your preference?

Sightseeing by Vehicle on Pavement

Updraft Arch

Description:  Updraft Arch is up top of the rim of the canyon wall. It is eroded into Navajo sandstone on the south side of S.R. 128.

How to get there:  From the intersection of Hwy 191 and S.R. 128 around .9 miles Updraft Arch is poised high up on the rim.  There is a driveway 1.1 miles out. You have past the arch when you reach this landmark. It may be best to stop at this parking lot head down a foot path to the paved Goose Island Trail to walk back upstream to search for Updraft Arch again. It will be around .2 miles from the parking lot.    Latitude: 38°36’2.95″  Longitude: -109°33’33.41″

Huntress Arch

Description:  Huntress Arch blends in on the smooth slickrock face toward the rear of a little side canyon. Look for two orbs near, but below the rim in the wall toward the back left side of the canyon.

How to get there:  Park temporarily at Goose Island Campground. It is 1.4 miles along S.R. 128 from the junction with Highway 191.  Across the road is a shallow side canyon. Huntress Arch is in there.                        Latitude: 38°36’22.93″  Longitude: -109°32’17.41″

Little Arch and Jug Handle Arch

Description:  A sign indicates the position of Jug Handle Arch. It is beyond Corona Arch hiking trail and Gold Bar Campground at the intersection of Long Canyon. Long Canyon is a popular 4×4 route which is often impassable during or after severe rains. Little Arch is high on the canyon wall. No signs. It is more difficult to locate. There are pull offs in the area to stop and ply searching. Watch for traffic.

How to get there:  Drive 13.5 miles on State Road 279 from the intersection of Highway 191 and S.R. 279.  There will be a sign designating Jug Handle Arch. This road is also known as the Potash Road. Watch for Little Arch in the north rim on your way in to and out from Jug Handle. It is at approximately 3.5 miles from the junction of Hwy 191 and S.R. 279. And approximately 10.1 miles from Jug Handle back toward Hwy 191.

Day Trip South Of Moab

Looking Glass Arch

Description: It is located in a somewhat solitary feature of sandstone referred to as Looking Glass Rock.

How to get there:  Drive south of Moab on Hwy 191, catch Looking Glass Arch on Looking Glass Road, a passable 2 mile dirt road 23 miles south of Moab. Stay on pavement when the road is wet.

Wilson Arch

Description:  Wilson Arch measures 46 feet high and 91 feet wide. There are two very large parking lots on either side of Hwy 191. To stop to take photographs.

How to get there:  Sticking to the pavement, 26 miles south on Hwy 191 is the huge Wilson Arch, a road side phenomenon.

Lopez Arch

Description:  Fernin R. Lopez ran cattle in La Sal. He was a well-known and trusted ranch foreman.

How to get there:  Lopez Arch is small, yet visible to the east side of Hwy 191 at mile marker 98.

Wooden Shoe Arch

Description:  It is always fun to find arches in the shape of familiar things. This one reminds the viewer of a Dutch clog.

How to get there:  Turn off of Hwy 191 onto Hwy 211.  Near the end of Hwy 211 is the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. This is a fee area. Wooden Shoe Arch will be on the southern horizon along the way and you will instantly know why it got that name. A road sign points out Wooden Shoe Arch too. Take a moment to stop at the Wooden Shoe Overlook.

Always carry food and ample water for sightseeing in the desert canyon country.

Hiking to an arch

Three hikes are found off of S.R. 279.

Longbow Arch

Description: Longbow Arch is an established hike from the Poison Spider Trail parking lot. Besides the trail to the natural arch, the trail forks to petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks. The Longbow Arch trail has an initial climb of a few hundred feet of elevation. Then the trail evens out. This is a great path-finding opportunity for youngsters. The trail is marked with green paint along sandstone or green flagging across sandy patches and washes. The end of the trail is not marked. It is in a narrow slip that climbs gradually beneath and past the arch to switch back to gain ground beneath Longbow Arch. It is 1.2 miles out-and-back.

How to get there: Longbow Arch is an established hike from the Poison Spider Trail parking also along S.R. 279.   Corona Arch. Poison Spider Mesa parking lot on SR 279. Trail accessed between the pit toilet and nearby informational kiosk.

Corona Arch

Description: On the trail to Corona Arch watch for other arches along the way, like Bowtie and Pinto

Arches.  The trail climbs up to a railroad track and visitor registration box. Go over the tracks down the other side to follow rock cairns along the base of a cliff, across slickrock and sand patches. The trail has a cable strung along slickrock. Walk on the uphill side of the cable here. A second cable provides a hand hold for ascending sandstone with notches carved for foot holds. At the top of this passage is a fiver rung ladder to gain another little pitch. Corona Arch can be seen from this landing, more or less. Another 250 yards of walking you can be underneath the arch.

How to get there: Drive 10 miles along S.R. 279 from the Hwy 191 junction to find the Corona Arch parking lot. Across the road is the Gold Bar Campground.

Goldbar Arch (a.k.a. Jeep Arch)

38.59907°N / 109.63955°W

Description: Canyon bottom walking comes to a dry pour over. Find the beaten path to the right/east of this obstacle to get beyond it. After some distance another pour-over will be passed again to the right. Travel on slickrock with huge boulders. Watch for cairns on the left to leave this floor to go up a slope. The trail eventually forks. It is a loop with a scramble through the arch back around. The trail gains 900 feet from the culvert. It is 3.5 miles round trip.

How to get there: Goldbar Arch can be found beyond Corona Arch parking lot .3 miles more on S.R. 279. Go through the culvert under the railroad track.

Two hikes are accessed off of S.R. 313

Streak Arch

 

Description: Walk up the South Fork of Seven Mile Canyon to Streak Arch. Cross the road, Hwy 313, to hike about 1 3/4 miles up the canyon, arch is on the left. The Desert Varnish, manganese stains are beautiful and give this arch this name.

 

How to get there: Park at a small turnout on the right about 2.3 miles from Hwy 191 onto Hwy 313.

 

Jewel Tibbetts Arch

Description: This 1.6 mile loop starts on a dirt road but soon leaves the road to go through several dry washes to rejoin a road no longer available to motorized use. After the trail leaves this old road, follow rock cairns across ledges, through Pinyon-Juniper woodland to the slickrock edge of 400’ deep Hell Roaring Canyon. Use caution on the cliff section near the canyon rim.

 

How to get there: Go to mile 13.6 off of SR 313. Drive the dirt road 1.5 miles west to the trailhead parking lot.

 

One hike is off of Kane Springs Road.

Hunter Canyon Arch

Description: . The arch is about a half mile from the Hunter Canyon parking lot and up on the right side of Hunter Canyon. In the spring water may be flowing in Hunter Canyon.

How to get there: Hunter Canyon is off of Kane Creek Road, where pavement turns into a two wheel drive dirt road. Kane Creek Road has a switch back and creek crossing that should be considered for clearance. The arch is about a half mile from the Hunter Canyon parking lot and up on the right side of Hunter Canyon. In the spring water may be flowing in Hunter Canyon.

Mountain bikes are NOT allowed on this list of hiking trails.

Biking to an Arch

Road cycling on Scenic Byway 313 is popular.   Mesa Arch 

Description: Bike from the town of Moab along the paved Moab Canyon Pathway (72.4 miles round trip), park at the junction of Hwy 191 and S.R. 313 (47.8 miles round trip), or unload the road bicycle at one of the viewpoints out along S.R. 313 to pedal into Canyonlands. The viewpoint at the top of the switchback would be a 41.2 miles ride. Don’t forget the $10 for a biker’s entrance fee or to bring your Federal Recreation Land Pass.

How to get there: The wide shoulders on S.R. 313 are appreciated. Pedaling into the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park the road narrows significantly. If traffic is low, head to the Mesa Arch trailhead 6 miles from the park boundary. Lock up the bike to stretch out walking this .5 mile loop to enjoy an arch situated on the edge of a precipice. No biking on the trail. Returning to Moab, watch the distant skyline. You are peering into Arches National Park. The windows section makes a spectacle of their self.

Mountain Biking  also in Canyonlands.

Musselman Arch

Description: Musselman Arch is on the White Rim in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park .Bicycling, 4Wheeling or dual sport motorcycling each require a free day use permit. The ISKY visitor center issues those permits. Or complete the online reservation 48 hours at most before the date of use. Use will be capped at 50 for day-use bicycling.

How to get there: Ideally, hire a shuttle to the Island in the Sky, ride down the Shafer Trail out to Musselman Arch. Or hire jetboat  services to drop you off at Lathrop Canyon to pedal from river to White Rim passing Musselman on the way out. Make it an epic 49 mile ride back to town via the Potash Road (Hwy 279). Or follow the jetboat to the Potash Boat Ramp and park there to end this ride at the ramp.

Pritchett Arch

 

Description: Natural Arch on the edge of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. Length is .5 miles out-and-back. The trail is a wash, then crosses slickrock benches, ledges, and requires scrambling. If you are lucky you will see vehicles stuck at Rocker Knocker, The Rock Pile and Yellow Hill, three nasty ledges with no vehicle by-pass. Pritchett Bridge can be a fantastic mountain bike ride. The 4×4 road is treacherous even for skilled 4wd drivers, is much more navigable by bike. Worth $2 to cross private land from Kane Creek Rd and pedal 4.2 miles to view Pritchett and Halls Bridges. Or run a shuttle to bike a 22 mile course through the Behind the Rocks trail system. From this direction you should find a directional ‘Pritchett’ post at every intersection.

 

How to get there:  Pritchett Canyon is 4.5 miles from Highway 191 out Kane Creek Road. You must pay a private land owner to access the canyon from this point. This is one of the most difficult 4×4 roads in the area. Consider mountain biking or hiking 5.1 miles up Pritchett Canyon Jeep Road from Kane Creek to hike a short .5 spur to the arch.

 

Doing some 4 Wheeling?

A backcountry map will either name or indicate a Natural Arch to be found along a myriad of trails. Ample rentals are available to travel the dirt roads. Make reservations for rental jeeps, OHVs or trail motorcyles. There are tour companies who will drive ahead and lead visitors to these spots too.

Uranium Arch

 

Description:

Uranium Arch has a 75 ft span. Near the arch is a sign painted on slickrock indicating “arch”. The final part of the trail to the base of the arch is difficult terrain, park and walk or negotiate it with a properly equipped 4WD vehicle.

 

How to get there: From the junction of Hwy 191 and S.R. 313 set your mileage, continue north on Hwy 191 5/8 of a mile. Find a wide dirt parking lot. This is the trailhead for Sevenmile Rim Trail or jeep trail no.9 on the Trails Illustrated/National geographic Map Moab North Map 500.   On the dirt road keep left at 1 1/8 miles fork. In an 8th of a mile turn right at a second fork.  Now traveling north for 5/8 mile for another left turn (still on Jeep Trail No. 9 – follow Sevenmile rim Trail signs) for ¼ mile where road goes south. Keep left for the next 3 forks. The dirt trail goes aound the south end of Corral canyon, flows a cliff for 1/2mile then turns right for another 3/8 of a mile to Uranium arch.

 

 

 

Arrowhead Arch

 

Description: Collapsed sometime in first part of 2010 and spanned 17 feet. Find Squaw Window 1 km northeast of Arrowhead on the same cliff-line.

 

How to get there: At Dewy Bridge on S.R. 128 turn onto the Owl Draw Upland road. Continue past Buck Spring. Keep right as the road jogs 90 degrees from a southwest direction to a westerly direction. Watch for a lighter duty dirt road, a right hand turn leading to a prominent sandstone outcropping. The arch is atop the sandstone feature.

 

Picture Frame

Description: On the way to Picture Frame arch you get to see Balcony Arch too.

 

How to get there:

Drive south from Moab on Hwy 191. About 12.3 miles, turn right or west onto the Behind the Rock Road. It is 5.4 miles of two wheel drive to Lone Rock (also known as Prostitute Butte). At this junction, a sign will indicate the way to Pritchett Arch. Turn right. The trail is now 4WD and goes along the side of Lone Rock. Watch for Balcony Arch at the very top of the butte. You cannot climb to Balcony Arch. Picture Frame Arch  becomes visible at the turn around at the backside of Lone Rock. You can walk up to Picture Frame Arch

 

Visit the Moab Information Center for maps. Located at the Corner of Main and Center Streets in downtown Moab. Use www.discovermoab.com  to find bike or 4×4 rentals and tours. More information is a phone call away as well, 435-259-8825.

 

This brochure is presented as a courtesy to area visitors. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made as to the safety or ongoing validity of information listed herein. The Moab Area Travel Council or it’s agents are not responsible for any liability arising from the use of the information herein.

 

In cooperation with:  The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and San Juan County Tourism.

 

Canyon Country  Minimum Impact Practices

  1. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Drive , pedal and hike on established roads and trails. Hiking is appropriate on rock and in washes besides designated trails. Camp in marked sites. Use a stove rather than a campfire. Backcountry camping requires a portable toilet in southeastern Utah. Tent camping is better suited to campsites with pit toilets. RVs may utilize Bureau of Land Management or State Trust Land dispersed sites. Use only previously occupied locations. No bushwhacking new sites. Gathering firewood is prohibited.
  2. Keep canyon country clean. Pack out trash. Remove solid human waste. Clean up after less thoughtful visitors. Recycling center is located on the Sandflats Road.
  3. Protect scarce desert water sources. Keep 300 feet from isolated water sources to allow wildlife access. Leave potholes undisturbed. Wash away from these precious pools or springs. Carry all of your own drinking water.
  4. Allow space for wildlife. Maintain distance and remain quiet when encountering wildlife. Keep children and pets under control and away from wildlife.
  5. Leave historic sites untouched for preservation. Admire Native American rock art, ruins and artifacts from a distance. Walk clear of dinosaur tracks. Scratching, painting, chalking, rubbings, and casts are forbidden, and damage sites. Make pictures. Teach others to respect these ‘open-air museums’. Report violations.
  6. Learn to recognize to preserve biological soil crust. This delicate, often black, crusty-looking , complex of soil and slow growing algae, moss, bacteria, and lichen retains water, reduces erosion, and provides a stable base from which higher plants can flourish.

Published by  Moab Area Travel Council in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Moab District Office, Trail Mix, SITLA and San Juan County.

 

 

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While in Moab, don’t skip over a chance to walk alongside the footprints of me and some of my oldest friends (and not-so-friends)!  A real paleontologist will be there to guide you along some of Utah’s best fossil sites.  You can even follow the paleontologist back into town for more dino fun and facts, and the chance to hold real fossils!

Programs are presented at several locations throughout the Moab area. These locations are identified below, or maps are freely available at the Moab Information Center or the Bureau of Land Management.

These programs run from July 29th through September 4th.

July

Jul 29    Jurassic Walk and Talk  Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Jul 30    Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Bone Trail at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Jul 31    Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

August

Aug 5     Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Stomping Ground at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 6     Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 7     Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 12   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Bone Trail at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 13   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 14   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Stomping Ground at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 19   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 20   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 21   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Bone Trail at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 26   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 27   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Stomping Ground at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 28   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

September

Sep 2      Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at Mill Canyon Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Sep 3      Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Bone Trail at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Sep 4      Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

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Mill Canyon Track Site Sign

Copper Ridge

  • Length of Hike:  1/2 mile (0.80 km) round trip. Allow 30 minutes for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: The Copper Ridge site features the first tracks of a long-necked, plant eating sauropod dinosaur ever found in Utah, along with carnivorous dinosaur tracks preserved in the 150 million year old Jurassic-aged Morrison Formation.
  • Trailhead Location: From Moab, go north on US Highway 191 for 23 miles. Turn right 3/4 mile (1.2 km) past milepost 148 (just north of the microwave tower at the “North Klondike” sign). Cross the railroad tracks and follow the signs south on the dirt road. It is 2 miles (3.2 km) to the trackways from the highway.

Dinosaur Stomping Ground

  • Length of Hike:  3 miles (4.8 km) round trip. Allow 2.5 hours for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: The tracks you see at this site are preserved in the Jurassic-aged Entrada Sandstone. The portion of the Moab Megatracksite that you visit on this hike is known as the “Dinosaur Stomping Grounds;” it contains over 2,300 single tracks in an area of about two acres. Most of these tracks represent large carnivorous dinosaurs.
  • Trailhead Location:  From Moab, go north on US 191 for 23 miles. Turn right 3/4 mile (1.2 km) past milepost 148. Cross the railroad tracks and follow the main road for 1 mile (1.6 km). Take the right fork (left fork goes to the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite) and continue for just over ½ a mile (0.8 km) to the Megasteps Mountain Biking Trailhead parking area. Trail departs from here.

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Bone Trail

  • Length of Hike:  1/4 mile (0.4 km) round trip. Allow 30 minutes for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: Dinosaur bone still encased in Jurassic-aged rock may be viewed in Mill Canyon. These rocks contain the fossilized dinosaur bones of Allosaurus, Camarasaurus, Camptosaurus and Diplodocus, and petrified wood.
  • Trailhead Location: Drive 15 miles (24.14 km) north of Moab on U.S. 191, the turn left onto a dirt road (marked “Mill Canyon”). This road is just north of highway milepost 141. Be careful when crossing the train tracks. Proceed 0.6 miles (0.96 km) on this dirt road to a “Y” intersection with a parking lot. Take the left fork and go 1/2 mile (0.8 km) to another intersection. Turn right here. The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail is 0.6 miles (0.96 km) away along this route. At the trailhead, you will find a parking area and interpretive signs both at the parking area and along the trail itself.

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite

  • Length of Hike:  1/4 mile (0.4 km) round trip. Allow 30 minutes for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite is one of the largest and most diverse dinosaur tracksites known in the United States. A minimum of 6 different dinosaur tracks, along with crocodile tracks, can be viewed. This 112 million year old site contains one of the world’s largest known tracksites from this period of geologic time.
  • Trailhead Location: From Moab, take Highway 191 north for 15 miles (24.14 km) to Mill Canyon Rd.  Turn left onto Mill Canyon Rd. and travel approximately one mile to the “Y” intersection of Mill Canyon Rd. and Cotter Mine Rd.  Turn left onto Cotter Mine Rd. and continue for another ½ mile (0.8 km) to a second large parking area. Once in this parking area, the trail departs from the east side near the kiosk.

Poison Spider Dinosaur Tracksite

  • Length of Hike:  1/2 mile (0.80 km) round trip. Allow 30 minutes for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: 190 million years ago the area around what is now Moab was covered in huge sand dunes. Between dune fields were scattered flat areas of wet sand, shallow ponds, and small streams. Dinosaurs crossed these flats and left their footprints for you to view now.
  • Trailhead Location: From the center of Moab, travel north on Highway 191 for 5.9 miles (9.5 km) and turn left on Highway 279 (the “Potash Road”). Continue 6 miles (9.7 km) from this junction, which follows along the Colorado River, until you reach the “Dinosaur Track” sign, where the route leaves the pavement to the right. The parking lot is at the top of this hill.

Fun with Fossils

  • Length of Activity:  Allow 30-45 minutes for talk and activity.
  • Join Us For: Join us as we introduce you to some of the area’s most famous prehistoric residents!  A short show-and-tell talk will be led by a BLM paleontologist, followed by a fun and engaging activity appropriate for all ages.
  • Activity Location: Moab Information Center Porch, 25 E Center Street, Moab, UT 84532.

Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones

  • Length of Activity:  Allow 30-45 minutes for talk.
  • Join Us For: Learn about the regional geology, local dinosaur, and other fossil discoveries found in the Moab region.  It’s bound to be a bona fide good time!
  • Activity Location: Moab Information Center Porch, 25 E Center Street, Moab, UT 84532.

Dino Tracks and Facts

  • Length of Activity:  Allow 30-45 minutes for talk.
  • Join Us For: Learn about the regional geology, how tracks are made, and the dinosaur trackways preserved in the Moab area.  It will leave a lasting impression!
  • Activity Location: Moab Information Center Porch, 25 E Center Street, Moab, UT 84532.

For more information, please contact: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab – 435-259-2100

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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.

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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.

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