April 15, 2014

Moab, Utah- part 2

The second day on the our 5th time in Moab, we rode 48 miles. Years ago we purchased Charles Wells ATV guide book on Moab, Utah.  It is great to have to plan the rides and get to the locations you want  We rode to Bartlet Wash, Hidden Canyon, Hells Revenge , Dellenbaugh Tunnell, Needles, Secret Spire and the Dubinky Well. 

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The area is diverse with desert plants, sand trails, slick rock, old sea shore petrified, white and pink sandstone.
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You need a map to navigate this large area.

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April 14, 2014

Moab, Utah

   We are Boon docking on Hwy 191N. Mile Marker 141, on Mill Canyon Rd, there is a staging area and just 1/2 mile past, there is a camping area. No bathrooms, only self-contained campers.
25 miles
Day 1 Dinosaur Bones= We rode the wash to the wet creek bed to see the dinosaur bones buried in the creek bank. The creek bed is 30ft tall, and weather has eroded away the  dirt so you can see the bones in the dirt. Rib, back, leg bones. There is even a petrified Pine Tree which stood 100ft tall

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Halfway Stage Stop= Along another creek, you will find 1/2 walls of an old stone building. This would of been between the railroad and the town of Moab. By the new road we are 14 miles from town. In 1883 it took 8hrs to go to the town of Moab!
Tusher Tunnel=Once again we rode to the entrance, took the small hike to the entrance, walked thru, looking up to see daylight thru a crack, then exit the tunnel to another world.

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Tusher Canyon-This is a Dead End trail, but so beautiful. On both sides of the Canyon, you will see red and white limestone, cliffs and walls. There is a small sand dune at the end.

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Dead End Trail- This trail goes back quite a way with a horseshoe red sandstone wall at the end.
Determination Towers= As we came upon the Towers, our breath was taken away. So big and tall, red stone and patterns on the side walls. Always a place to take some photos.
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Wipe out hill for Jeeps=This is a 100 ft climb for Jeeps to changle themselves. The time we were there, it was the annual Easter Jeep Rally, there was 30 jeeps watching rigs crawl up this hill. We rarely saw anyone on the trails.
We ended the ride by going over the slickrock and around Merrimute Butte and coming out on the Colton Rd, almost back to our Camping site on Mill Canyon Rd.

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April 10, 2014

Wickenburg Massacre, Wickenburg, Arizonia

35 miles, 9 gates and many turns, we made it to the Wickenburg Massacre which happened on Nov. 5, 1871 at 10AM.  There a 3 different accounts of the event:
The terrain is flat and easy trails to the site. Once you arrive at the site, you you will find a small hill running along the old stagecoach line going to Ehrenburg.  You will find markers and rock graves indicating where the unfortunate folks lost their lives. The markers explain the story and peoples names.
After we left the site, we headed towards Sols Wash, which intersects with Vulture Mine Rd. Which intersects with highway 60, where you will find a Dairy Queen! Then we headed north back to North Ranch RV Park, Congress, Az We left at 8:30 am and arrived home at 2:30pm, which includes, breaks, lunch time and ice cream treats at Dairy Queen.

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