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North America » United States » Utah October 13th 2020

Like everyone, all major trips have been put on hold due to Covid. But we decided to take a car camping/road trip to explore some of the areas nearby. And we confirmed what we had heard. Campgrounds were crowded! On one hand, it was great to see so many families enjoying the parks, but it did make just showing up at a campground fairly difficult, even in the 1st week of Oct! Most everyone were wearing masks on the trails and the outhouses almost all had hand sanitizer dispensers inside. They were also incredibly clean and well stocked! I am not sure how they were able to manage this, especially in the day use and porta potties. Our first stop was City of Rocks about 4 hours SE of Boise, known for its rock formations, rock ... read more
City of Rocks Idaho
vista at Needles in Canyonland NP
Valley of the Gods


Utah 2020 9 Utah Road scenery 2020 9 Arches National Park, Utah 9-17-2020 Arches National Park, Utah 8 gio sang toi bat dau di den Arches National Park. Phong canh Utah tren duong di dep mac dau toi da di Utah may lan truoc. Toi ghe qua Castle Valley vi doi nui voi dat da do tuyet dep. Tu day toi di thang den Arches National Park va den noi khoang 3pm. Arches National Park: park nay co hon 2,000natural sandstone arches. Park nay nam tren salt bed tao nen spires cach day 300 trieu nam. Salt flat day ca ngan feet tren Colorado Plateau ben canh song Colorado cach day khoang 300 trieu nam.khi ma bien chay qua vung nay. Nuoc bat dau bot hoi va sandstone bat dau tu lai de tu tu tao ... read more
2020-9 Arches National Park, Utah 9-2020
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North America » United States » Utah » Blanding September 22nd 2020

From the South side of Blanding, Utah (US Hwy 191), I turned West on Utah Hwy 95. I drove about 15 miles to Comb Ridge (a geologic monocline) but did not have the time to explore it on this trip. About 25 miles West of Comb Ridge I turned NW on Utah Hwy 275 towards Natural Bridges National Monument. After about a mile I turned North on San Yuan County road 228 going up to the Bears Ears pass where I would camp for the night. This narrow dirt road (without guard rails) was well graded and only a little bumpy. (If somebody drove off that road that would be the end of them.) This is BLM land with free legal backcountry camping. This was an enjoyable drive for me up to my camp at the ... read more
Utah Hwy 95
Utah Hwy 95
Utah Hwy 95

North America » United States » Utah » Blanding September 22nd 2020

Now this blog is from my 2017 travel camping adventure, but relevant to my current blogs. According to Wikipedia, Comb Ridge is a geologic monocline fault running North-South about 80 miles from the Abajo Mountains in Southern Utah to near Kayenta, Arizona. There is a number of very old Puebloan cliff dwellings and other ruins along that fault. There is also a number of Tritylodont fossils there. Going Westbound on Utah Hwy 95 from Blanding, the East Side of Comb Ridge has white sandstone rising upward above the surrounding area. When they built Utah Hwy 95 they used explosives to blast open that top sandstone to make the highway possible. Then the land sunk over 600 feet down (West side) with a switchback going down through the reddish rock. At the bottom of the canyon is ... read more
Comb Ridge, East side
Comb Ridge, East side
Comb Ridge, East side

North America » United States » Utah September 21st 2020

It would take less then an hour to drive the highway from Monticello to Blanding. That is an interesting drive but the Forest Service dirt road is a wonderful experience. Free backcountry camping is legal, with one possible exception with a no camping sign. (Fair deal.) I went Westbound on Abajo Drive that Quickly turned into FS road 079. Then FS turned left and turned into a narrow dirt road where my driving fun began. As I drove uphill the ecology changes due to more rain and snow then the desert below. I love driving the switchbacks going up the mountains. The Aspen and Fir trees get very nice as I gain altitude. I wanted to camp at the mountain pass as there is a very neat rough road driving up a ridge for more privacy. ... read more
Abajo Mountains, FS 079
Abajo Mountains
Abajo Mountains

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
BLM View information
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
View Area
View Area
View Area




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