June 14, 2017

Bluebird trail head, Pringle, SD

40 miles

   This area is a official OHV trail, for 62in rigs, 48 miles, with 3 trail heads and parking. It is in the Hells Canyon Ranger District of the National Forest.  You will need a permit ($25 per machine, which is good for the year and all the other trails) and you can pick up a map or download the MVUM on to a device. It is located approx. 7  miles west, cross country from Pringle, South Dakota.(Elk Capital of SD.)   It is a quiet area, we met no people, and the trails are grassy to overgrown old roads. You will ride thru Ponderosa pines, limestone canyons, summits with views of the large meadows to the south. Outstanding sights! It is well marked at the intersections.

   We staged at the Bluebird trail head, which is located on the south end of Pleasant Valley Road. The trail winds its way in numerous directions, you can map it out or just see where you will end up!!  Our favorite trails were #3206 and #3233. No gates to open because they installed cattle guards. Enjoy the photos!

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LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY=Pringle/Custer, SD.   DIRECTIONS=West of Custer, Hwy 16, south on Pleastant Valley Rd #715 OR south of Pringle on Hwy 89 then turn right on county road 316
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND=- forest,meadows, hills  , OWNER=  Nat Forest
QUALITY >  Pro-Pretty, quiet / Con- one day riding /  Length of stay-1 day / Rating-3 stars
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS,48 miles  hills / forest /      TRAIL MAINTENCE – yes  /  NEAR BY TRAILS-  Yes, not official ones, but well worth exploring old NF. roads
REGULATIONS> Permit required- yes / Camping- possible. / width req. 62 inch
FEE> Camping / Entry-no
KEY SERVICES> Camping / Gasoline / Diesel / First Aid /  Water /  Dump / Food=Custer, SD. 
SIDE TRIPS>Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park
CONTACTS>National Forest Service

May 12, 2017

Thompson & Sego Canyon–Day 2

Day 1 is next.   Thompsons Springs, Utah  (Thompson & Sego Canyon)  53 miles
We prefer riding trails, but this area has such great scenery that it is a must ride.                                                                          Today we headed up the canyon and stopped at the bordello. (Just before the 3way split to the right)  It was an interesting area to snoop around.  We found the old building fallen down, a root cellar, some more petroglyphs around the corner and some more across the dry creek bed.  we also found a white powder looking like talc. we drove to Sego again, so we stopped at the general store and noted that on one end of the building, there's a window where water would come in, under the building and out the other end, keeping things cold. There are numerous old stone buildings after Sego, constructed during the coal mining days 1911- 1950. There is history on the internet to read.

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   Going to the Ute Indian Reservation Gate. (15 miles from camp to the gate)  We continued up the road thru the Book cliffs, sandstone bluff, with erosion from wind, water and man.  You will travel up 3,500 feet, on a 4x4 road, with a mild grade. The plants will change from scrub cedars and oak, to mature pine trees, back to alpine vegetation. Such pretty plants, scenes of the valley below and Book Cliffs. When we reached the closed gate for motor vehicles, we stopped at the top, enjoying the green grass, mature pine trees and the million dollar view!
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   When we reached the Y of Sagers Canyon, we took the opportunity to view some different landscape. Same area, unusual sights, it was 14 miles thru the high desert and thru Segar Canyon to old highway #6, 7 miles back to Ballard RV park
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Bordello N 39*01.368’  W 109*42.676’

Ute gate  N39*08.917’  W 109*43.110’

Camp information on May 11, 2017 page

May 11, 2017

Thompson Springs, Utah 35 miles

We camped at Ballard Rv Park in Thompson’s Springs, Utah, elevation 4200ft. and rode our ATV's out to Thompson Springs Canyon. It is 3 miles on a older tar road.

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When the tar ends, there is a Hidden Arch on the right in a wash. The petroglyphs are on the left, where you will find a parking area and a out house  There are 3 separate areas, two on the left side of the road and one on the right side.  Sego Canyon Road,  where the petroglyphs and pictographs were left by several different cultures. The Fremont culture thrived from A.D. 600 to 1250 and was a contemporary with the Anasazi culture of the Four Corners area. There is also rock art from the Archaic period dating from 7000 B.C., the Barrier Canyon period from around 2000 B.C., and the Ute tribe dating from A.D. 1300..

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We continued on the road to a 3 way split in the road, the straight ahead is a nice ride to a area where you will find a coke oven, dead road.  If you take the left at the 3 way split it is a bladed road.  If you want to go to Doug's Point, take the 3rd trail to the left.  Keep going back in, towards the south, and you will find a monument marker stating it is Doug's point with a 1,000 ft drop to the valley below, great views from here.
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If you take the right at the 3 way split, to will pass by an old cemetery, then head on to Sego, an old coal town.  If you continue on you will rise in elevation to 7,000 ft where you will pass thru ponderosa pines and come to the Ute Reservation gate.
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GPS # Indian Petroglyphs N39*01.119'  W 109*42.578'
Hidden Valley  N39*01.084'  W109*42.507'
Doug’s point:  N 38*59.093'  W 109*43.208'
Cemetery  N39*01.410'  W109*42.649'

LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY=Green River, Utah   DIRECTIONS=15 miles west of Thompson Springs, Ut
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND=-desert, forest, mountain  , OWNER=  BLM, Nat Forest
QUALITY >  Pro –easy road riding, book cliffs/ Con –4 wheel road riding/  Length of stay 4 days/ Rating-3 stars
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS, hills / forest / dust /some elevation     TRAIL MAINTENCE   / SQ. MILE AREA -/  NEAR BY TRAILS- Moab, Ut
REGULATIONS> Permit required-No / Campin g at Ballard Rv /whip-No / helmets req.-No / width req. No
FEE> Camping / Entry-No
KEY SERVICES> Camping , Water, Dump, Gasoline,  Diesel – in Thompson Springs, Ut / First Aid, Food=Green River, Ut
SIDE TRIPS>Moab, Green River, Ut
CONTACTS>Blm and Info on internet