A Visit to Bluff

Discussion in 'Hiking & Camping' started by powderglut, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. powderglut

    powderglut In search of Fresh

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    My wife and I do an annual trip in the fall with a great group of people thru Trip Advisor. It usually is a 4-6 day meet-up, and mostly at a town in Utah close to good backcountry adventures. Kanab, Moab, Escalante, Green River, and Sedona are previous meet-up spots. This year Bluff was our choice. We would be sharing a 3 BR VRBO house in town with 2 other couples. This would be the base for everyone (20+ people) to plan and depart each days adventures.
    Bluff has always been a place I drove thru on my way to somewhere else. Actually ...just like all the other towns mentioned above, a place on the way to a good backcountry camping spot. I knew that Comb Ridge, Cedar Mesa, the San Juan River, Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and the proposed Bears Ears all surround this little town. But.. I always had other destinations on my radar. Well... I definitely had my eyes opened to the huge area that can be accessed from here. Endless places to go on day trips from this town.
    We had a few preplanned trips on the agenda and many optional day hikes to spread the group out. A 1/2 day canyoneering, a float trip on the San Juan River and a day at Monument and Mystery Valley were on my itinerary, along with a visit up to Muley Point and a few ruin hikes. Here we go.

    We hiked to a few panels near town on the first afternoon.

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    The next day we went up to Cedar Mesa to visit the fallen Roof and Citadel.
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    Next day.....Canyoneering for small group of us needing a little more adventure.
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    Later in the day we went up to Muley Point to for a little memorial to a friend who had passed recently.

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    A guided day on the San Juan River. Another beautiful day.

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    Butler Wash Panels
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    River House Ruin

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    I had driven by Monument and Mystery Valley, I don't know how many times. It was time to see the place up close. Magnificent!!!
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    The flute serenade gives you chills in these ancient places.
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    While I was wandering MV, my wife went with another group to visit some Cedar Mesa ruins.

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    It's Monday and we are heading back home to Steamboat Spgs. My wife had really wanted to see House on Fire and had actually made an effort to find it on her own the day before. Unfortunately she ended up in the north fork instead of the south, and failed to walk into the right spot. So... our mission before we headed home was to visit the House on Fire .......and we did.

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    This was a really great trip. Not my usual camping trip. But who's complaining... doing some BBQ's at the house, and eating out at some of Bluff's finest restaurants. And...sleeping in a nice comfy bed every night.

    Here's most of the crew

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    Next year Page!!!
     
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  2. powderglut

    powderglut In search of Fresh

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    Thought I'd mention this as my friends in Grand Junction love this yearly winter event. Bluff, Utah is preparing for another amazing winter solstice celebration. This time featuring a pair of herons created by local artist Joe Pachak that will be set afire on December 21st. The sculptures are usually huge wooden branch replicas. Good reason to visit this town.
     
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  3. Nick

    Nick Post 'em if you got 'em!

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    Awesome stuff. Burning wooden herons sounds cool.
     
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