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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #50 on: November 01, 2016, 07:45:39 AM »
Here are my pro "Mistakes I have Made" tips for camping Moab: (1) Carry a 5 gallon water jug (or destroy the environment with a case of disposable water bottles, but have lots of water in your car) (2) Fill your car with gas before driving to Needles (3) National Park campgrounds are opened for reservations on a rolling 6 month calendar (register for October in April). (4) Ranger-led Fiery Furnace walk at Arches is AWESOME and doable by anyone that can crawl on knees and climb a ladder - reservations for limited availability also on a 6 month rolling calendar. (5) Camping in Arches in the winter is awesome - first come first serve, but no one was there when I went in February.

I am always up for a trip to Moab.  I bring my photo gear and practice my landscapes (sunrise/sunsets) and astrophotography skills. I always run into other photographers, including the anti-mustachian folks that spend $1000s to be on a guided expedition and stand next to each other to shoot the same shots. Don't get me wrong - I get the same shots, just not at the cost of $1000's to be there.

Looking forward to seeing others in Moab sometime. -ap.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #51 on: November 01, 2016, 02:25:33 PM »
I am always up for a trip to Moab.  I bring my photo gear and practice my landscapes (sunrise/sunsets) and astrophotography skills. I always run into other photographers, including the anti-mustachian folks that spend $1000s to be on a guided expedition and stand next to each other to shoot the same shots. Don't get me wrong - I get the same shots, just not at the cost of $1000's to be there.

Looking forward to seeing others in Moab sometime. -ap.
You should go to Mutawintji or Lake Mungo (or anywhere in Western NSW) or even Arkaroola.



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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #52 on: November 01, 2016, 02:52:12 PM »
These 2 years will fly by--right?  right??

Totally! Look, it's already November!

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #53 on: November 03, 2016, 07:13:11 AM »
I am always up for a trip to Moab.  I bring my photo gear and practice my landscapes (sunrise/sunsets) and astrophotography skills. I always run into other photographers, including the anti-mustachian folks that spend $1000s to be on a guided expedition and stand next to each other to shoot the same shots. Don't get me wrong - I get the same shots, just not at the cost of $1000's to be there.

Looking forward to seeing others in Moab sometime. -ap.
You should go to Mutawintji or Lake Mungo (or anywhere in Western NSW) or even Arkaroola.

Thanks for the tip Deborah. I would love to visit NSW. Will put it on my bucket list for retirement. Thanks, ap.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #54 on: November 20, 2016, 12:49:35 PM »
I'm am tentatively in as well, hopefully we are still in Utah in 2018!

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #55 on: November 20, 2016, 01:41:17 PM »
I am off to Utah in a few minutes.  Planning to be at the Canyonlands Needles campground, but I might mosey over to Arches as well.  Will be fantasizing about our October 2018 party!!
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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #56 on: November 21, 2016, 10:35:39 PM »
I am off to Utah in a few minutes.  Planning to be at the Canyonlands Needles campground, but I might mosey over to Arches as well.  Will be fantasizing about our October 2018 party!!

I just got back from 5 days in Moab! Great weather but it's still a little crowded for my tastes but I had to go before Thanksgiving this year instead of my usual December. Spent most of my time out of the Nat'l Parks - instead on BLM trails and in Sand Flats (GREAT hiking up there, you can hike those bike and 4x4 trails). I've always driven into Arches and Canyonlands for free in December but judging by the huge line of cars waiting to get into Arches on Saturday, the booths are still very much manned and collecting lots of revenue!

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #57 on: November 22, 2016, 09:11:17 AM »
I am off to Utah in a few minutes.  Planning to be at the Canyonlands Needles campground, but I might mosey over to Arches as well.  Will be fantasizing about our October 2018 party!!

I just got back from 5 days in Moab! Great weather but it's still a little crowded for my tastes but I had to go before Thanksgiving this year instead of my usual December. Spent most of my time out of the Nat'l Parks - instead on BLM trails and in Sand Flats (GREAT hiking up there, you can hike those bike and 4x4 trails). I've always driven into Arches and Canyonlands for free in December but judging by the huge line of cars waiting to get into Arches on Saturday, the booths are still very much manned and collecting lots of revenue!

Yes I didn't go near the Nat'l Parks in October. Nothing about a long line up of cars makes me want to join that parade. There is so much amazing desert to explore in that area that's not crowded with people.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #58 on: November 22, 2016, 10:14:22 AM »
I've got to admit, the talk of crowds does give me considerable pause...nice to hear that they can be avoided. The 4X4'ing possibilities down there have me drooling a bit. ;)

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #59 on: November 27, 2016, 07:46:40 PM »
I've got to admit, the talk of crowds does give me considerable pause...nice to hear that they can be avoided. The 4X4'ing possibilities down there have me drooling a bit. ;)

Have a look at the trails on

http://www.rr4w.com/

Then have a look at the ratings.  Out mountain biking, especially during Jeep Week, I've seen units on some of the 7 - 10 trails.  They are not kidding about rollovers.  When one of them goes over, the others run out a fretwork of winch straps, and somebody starts giving the orders.  In a minute, it topples back over into just the position it should have been in when it tried the problem.  They are also, in the ratings, not kidding about required equipment, and about having some driving skills.  When you meet them out on the rock, even if you are one of the self-reported good drivers that 90% of us claim to be, you will see skill you never imagined.  Because I have to confess - they bring this up repeatedly - that I have low tolerance for body damage, and because I am clearly not the hotshit driver I thought I was, I am limited to class 4 or maybe on a good, lucky day, 5. 

So, one possibility during the meet-up is a 4-wheeler SIG.  Another is to gather some people and rent road lice (UTVs), or if there are doubts, do a group UTV trip with a paid guide.  My swedish rels did this and were so excited and happy afterward that they could hardly settle down. 

October is usually thought too late, but lots of times there is wonderful hot weather then, and a raft trip on the Daily section of the Colorado would be another possibility.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #60 on: November 30, 2016, 05:36:21 PM »
I spend the week of Thanksgiving in/near Moab every year to go climbing, it's a magical place. Always stay at the BLM campsites out in Indian Creek (take 191 out of town and bang a right on 211 til you see turnoffs for campgrounds). There are multiple large group sites, and they're stunning. Many are free.

https://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/monticello/recreation/activities/camping/Indian_Creek_Camping.html

Maybe I'll make the November pilgrimage a little early in 2018. :)

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #61 on: November 30, 2016, 05:49:00 PM »
I probably drove right past you last week!  I arrived at Canyonlands on Sunday and left on Thursday.  Hope you enjoyed your week of climbing!
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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #62 on: December 01, 2016, 01:56:55 PM »
Awesome! Stop by our dirtbag campfire next time! Hope you enjoyed Canyonlands -- hiking in there is unreal. Hope you didn't get rained on too bad on Monday.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #63 on: December 01, 2016, 04:45:46 PM »
Pencil me in!  I won't know for sure until a year from January if I can make it, but it sounds like fun.  I live in northern Utah and haven't been to Arches or the surrounding parks since I was a kid.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #64 on: December 01, 2016, 05:37:04 PM »
Awesome! Stop by our dirtbag campfire next time! Hope you enjoyed Canyonlands -- hiking in there is unreal. Hope you didn't get rained on too bad on Monday.

Whereabouts do you camp?  I saw lots of climber/camper groups along the way.  BTW, the climbing you all do is crazy amazing!!!  Probably the most "technical" climb I have done is Pilot Knob in the San Juan mountains.  I have lots of help from experts, thank goodness!

Yeah, that storm was something.  I was snug in my camper, so I was fine.  Hope you also had decent shelter!
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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #65 on: February 14, 2017, 11:28:40 AM »
I was in Canyonlands in 2013 and rented a jeep.

I can't wait to go back.
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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #66 on: February 14, 2017, 11:31:51 AM »
I was in Canyonlands in 2013 and rented a jeep.

I can't wait to go back.

My Tacoma just informed me that it NEEDS to go there.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #67 on: March 01, 2017, 11:15:46 AM »
Thanks @RetireInCanada for showing me this
I am in for the 2018 but really hope this has a "test run" in 2017
I explored the entire region by myself in Fall of 2015, I went in November and had the entire place to myself.
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Would love to head down there with you guys ! I'll bring the bike this time but I love hiking as well. I hiked into every arch in the park.
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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #68 on: March 01, 2017, 11:20:21 AM »
Thanks @RetireInCanada for showing me this
I am in for the 2018 but really hope this has a "test run" in 2017

I'll be down in the SW desert in 7 - 21 Oct 2017, but I'll be heading towards Gooseberry Mesa/Sedona/Prescott.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #69 on: March 01, 2017, 12:18:14 PM »
I will still be working in October 2017, but I could be in the Moab area on weekends (except for 10/7 and 10/21).  I can't wait to see red rocks again--it's been a loooooog winter!
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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #70 on: March 01, 2017, 12:35:03 PM »
My son and I took a trip to the area last summer.  Here is the map I made with potential activities ( mostly hiking and national parks, monuments, etc... ).  We spent a bit of time in Moab and it was great!

   https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CNQcPazvrNZLkDJndQHu4er2sYM&usp=sharing

Thought it might help some of you as far as planning goes. I spent a LOT of time on it.

Edit : I also threw some pictures up on the map above. 

By the way, this was a GREAT route!  I want to go back soon because we didn't have nearly enough time to see everything! 

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #71 on: March 01, 2017, 12:48:13 PM »
P2F. Just maybe.

I love Arches. Visited in Sep couple years ago. Was crowded but still wonderful, if you can rise early.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #72 on: March 01, 2017, 01:07:35 PM »
P2F. Just maybe.

I love Arches. Visited in Sep couple years ago. Was crowded but still wonderful, if you can rise early.

Arches will probably be the most crowded park in the area.  It was a zoo when we were there. 

If you can make it out to some of the more out of the way sites in the area, the crowds were negligible, even in peak season.  When I say 'area'..I mean the general SE Utah area....not Moab area.

Some that come to mind are Natural Bridges National Monument, Navajo National Monument, Hovenweep Monument, etc...

One thing to absolutely avoid is Four Corners....they have turned it into a ridiculously bad tourist trap ( 5$ per person ).  Just look it up on TripAdvisor...and you will learn all you need to know.


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« Reply #73 on: March 01, 2017, 01:25:28 PM »
Yes Arches was packed to the gills last Oct and every other amazing spot in the Moab area we went to had tons of space/room. In most cases once we got a short distance away from the parking lot we were alone.

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #74 on: March 02, 2017, 08:14:29 PM »
If you can make it out to some of the more out of the way sites in the area, the crowds were negligible, even in peak season.  When I say 'area'..I mean the general SE Utah area....not Moab area.

Some that come to mind are Natural Bridges National Monument, Navajo National Monument, Hovenweep Monument, etc...

Goblin Valley State Park is pretty strange place worth a stop, but one of the most beautiful and seldom-visited slot canyons in Utah is at the same location: Little Wild Horse Canyon.  I highly recommend a hike there.   Ap

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« Reply #75 on: March 03, 2017, 08:40:59 AM »
If you can make it out to some of the more out of the way sites in the area, the crowds were negligible, even in peak season.  When I say 'area'..I mean the general SE Utah area....not Moab area.

Some that come to mind are Natural Bridges National Monument, Navajo National Monument, Hovenweep Monument, etc...

Goblin Valley State Park is pretty strange place worth a stop, but one of the most beautiful and seldom-visited slot canyons in Utah is at the same location: Little Wild Horse Canyon.  I highly recommend a hike there.   Ap

Thanks for the tip!  I saved it off in Google Maps.   However, looking at the satellite view on Google maps, it looks like the word must be out.  Lots of cars in the parking lot!   It must have been peak season.

 

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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #76 on: March 03, 2017, 08:48:51 AM »
Remember nowadays we have lazy tourists....parking lots may be full but they rarely venture anywhere that takes any real effort :)
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Re: Moab, Utah, USA in October 2018
« Reply #77 on: March 03, 2017, 09:25:27 AM »
Definitely interested. DH and I should be retired by then. Heading there for vacation this weekend actually...We will see how crowded Arches is. If its too bad, we will go straight to Canyonlands. :)