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North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 20th 2020

The Potash Road includes the paved Utah Hwy. 279 (West of Moab, Utah) to the Potash Mine main facility by the Colorado River. Then the private mine dirt road continues South West where the BLM rough dirt road goes upward through the Colorado River overlook; then up to the Canyonlands National Park. The Potash Road officially ends at the junction of The Shaffer Trail and the White Rim Trail in the National Park. I drove down the steep canyon of the Colorado river then past the Potash Mine land. The dirt road got progressively worse. I drove up past a cattle guard where the BLM land started. About 100 meters into BLM land the BLM sign informed me that there was no legal camping past that sign. So this narrow pie shaped strip was to be ... read more
Potash Road
Potash Road
Potash Road (dirt road)

North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 19th 2020

I drove across the Colorado River on the North side of Moab, Utah about fourteen miles NW on US Hwy. 191. Then I turned SW on US Hwy. 313 through BLM (Bureau of Land Management) property. My destination was Canyonlands National Park (I-Sky Division). I wanted to visit the great overlooks there to Grandview Point, then walk the trails on top of the large mesa rim. Also my plan was to drive the narrow dirt Shaffer Trail down to the White Rim Trail to enjoy the colourful canyons going upward, and downward to the Colorado River. Then I would drive down the Potash Road and make my camp on BLM land. (I never camp on National Park campgrounds cuz of their many silly strict rules, and possible harsh enforcement.) The fault of my plan happened when ... read more
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BLM View walking trail
BLM View walking trail

North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 18th 2020

After getting my gasoline and other supplies in Moab, Utah I drove back NE up the Colorado River canyon on Utah Hwy 128. I turned East on the Castle Valley road and passed Castle rock. When I got to the Manti La Sal National Forest the dirt road led to Colorado, just a few miles away. I took the right turn up the (extinct) volcanic La Sal Mountains. Since my last visit there in 2017 that road is paved up the La Sal Mts. and on to the South side of Moab. I drove up the La Sal Mts. (about 15 miles) watching the trees get progressively larger as I gained altitude. I drove up through the shrubs to the junipers and scrub oaks. I turned left (East) on the narrow dirt trail up to the ... read more
Castle Valley
Castle Valley
La Sal Mts bturkeys

North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 17th 2020

I drove South from Interstate Hwy 70 on Utah Hwy 128. The last approx. twenty five miles to Moab, the highway followed the Colorado River downstream. On the North side of the river is Arches National Park. When I reached the North Side of Moab, Utah, they had a very nice walking and bicycle bridge over Colorado River at a City of Moab (free) Park. I made my stop in Moab for supplies then drove North up the Colorado River to Castle Valley junction and to my next camp in the La Sal Mountains. Comment: When I first started my travel adventures in Utah all that area by the Colorado was free backcountry camping; and I had a number of good camps by the river. Well times change and the only legal camps are in a ... read more
Colorado River
Colorado River
Colorado River

North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 16th 2020

I had a long day in Colorado and wanted to camp on the Colorado River in Utah. Westbound on Interstate Hwy 70, the first exit on the North Side of the highway in Utah is a very nice large viewing area. Cuz of the wildfires in California the haze over Utah (and Arizona) was thick and nice pics were hard to come by. I did not stop at the view area on this trip, but wish to show the pics from my 2017 visit. This view area has restrooms and wheelchair accessible walking trails for nice views. I feel that this would be a legal place to sleep for the night. I drove to the next interstate exit for the old Westwater settlement area dirt road on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) area leading to the ... read more
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View Area
View Area

North America » United States » Utah » Moab July 12th 2020

Sunday, 12 July, 2020 Yesterday morning we were getting ready to leave Stillwater campground when all our electrical systems in the camper quit. No lights, no water pump, no refrigerator. We were less than pleased, but decided we would find an RV place on the way to Moab, though I had my doubts about finding one open on a Saturday. Lucky for us Centennial RV in Grand Junction not only had a service department that was open, but Kevin, the man we spoke with, knew right away what was causing our problems. It was a blown 40 amp fuse in the truck that was preventing the camper battery from charging. Kevin replaced the fuse and had us on the road in no time, and in spite of the 100 degree temps, didn’t charge us anything. What ... read more
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park

North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 10th 2019

Woke up early to another gorgeous day. Mornings have been in the low 60's for the past few days, then warming up to the mid 80's. There is almost 0% humidity in these parts, and were usually above 5000' above sea level, so everyone is drinking water like a camel. We're signed up for a private tour of both parks today, Aches and Canyon Land, and we arrived at Nav-Tec tours at 8:00. After meeting our guide for the day, Yancey, we took off in a Toyota Land Rover that felt like a tank. As we discovered later, it was good that it was built like a tank. Instead of heading into Arches NP through the main entrance, Yancey took us north, and entered the park via a dirt road. This quickly turned into a "technical" ... read more
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Dinosaur prints
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North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 10th 2019

After a great nights sleep, and a leisurely breakfast, we headed out for a scenic ride along Rt 128 which meanders along the Colorado River. During the first few miles it began to rain. Actually we were looking forward to a little rain to wash off the mud that was covering our van. Plus we knew it was only going to be a short shower and would not ruin our day. We stopped at a movie museum that was located at the Red Cliffs Lodge. It was filled with memorabilia from the hundred plus movies, and thousands of commercials that have been filmed in the Moab area. We were surprised to find that some of our favorites, like the Eiger Sanction and City Slickers had been filmed here. After finishing our visit to the museum we ... read more
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North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 8th 2019

Okay folks, not a hell of a lot to write about today as it was a long travel day to Moab. The first part of this leg was eastbound on Rte 24, out the east gate of Capital Reef. The section of road continued to be quite scenic, with towering cliffs on either side of the roadway. We made a brief stop to view some petroglyphs along the way. Very hard to see, but interesting. Hitting Hanksville, we headed north and the scenery changed completely. Picture a highway on the moon and that is what it looked like. A local that we met in Torrey had said we should check out a place called Goblin Valley on this road, and we found the turnoff about 20 miles north of Hanksville. After driving down the longest entrance ... read more
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Early Settler's Cabin
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North America » United States » Utah » Moab April 17th 2019

Perhaps no more iconic scenic landscape exists in the American west than Monument Valley, Utah. It appears in auto commercials, travel advertisements, and most notably, the Forrest Gump movie. I think it is the most "American" of all American scenes. Besides an iconic symbol of the American west, Monument Valley is the "sacred heart" of the Navajo Nation. Is it the pure beauty, the ruggedness, or the Navajo spirits that draw us here? Yet, it looks so familiar since we have seen it so many times on TV, and the internet. And those who know say it looks the same, whether 300 or 3000 years ago. The sky might be a different shade of blue, since we are ruining the environment, but the canyons are as deep and the sandstone buttes as towering. The magic of ... read more
Where is Forrest?
The Needle
Navajo country




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