san rafael swell

  1. Udink

    Calf Mesa

    Chris and his girlfriend, Rachael, stayed at my place in Price this weekend and we were in need of a short hike to do on Saturday before Traci's family Christmas party. We looked at my long to-do list of waypoints in Google Earth and Chris picked out Calf Mesa, which is a few miles southwest of...
  2. Udink

    Jackass Wash

    In the very short time between getting off work and the sun going down on Wednesday evening, I hiked near Jackass Wash to search for some pit houses I'd seen photos of on Flickr. I'd identified one of the photo locations based on the background and, from that starting point, was able to pan...
  3. Udink

    San Rafael Reef Exploration

    On the last day of my four-day weekend I met up with Nolan and Donna, Facebook friends who I'd never met before Monday, for a hike in the San Rafael Reef. We met in the parking lot of their motel in Green River and they hopped in the Jeep with me. We set out for the Farnsworth Canyon area to...
  4. Udink

    Quail Panel and Funk's Cave

    On Saturday morning as I drove south out of town it was a chilly 30 degrees at sunrise. I was heading into the San Rafael Swell east of Ferron to find some rock art that a friend had told me about years ago. The last mile or so of the dirt road leading into the area was washed out badly so I...
  5. Udink

    Ferron Box

    I've long been aware of some rock art in Ferron Box (or just "The Box" along Ferron Creek according to the USGS topo map). However, I'd never taken the opportunity to explore the area despite how relatively close it is to home. Many years ago a friend, Alan, tipped me off to some other rock art...
  6. Udink

    GCNRA, Above LWHC, Temple Wash

    I spent last weekend at home with the kids while Traci was out of town, but I had Monday and Tuesday off work and I'd planned on exploring Clearwater and Rock canyons in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area those days. I didn't expect the U.S. government shutdown to affect my plans. Although...
  7. Udink

    Goblin and Joe's

    Last weekend's adventure was a great whole-family trip. I'd planned for some hiking at Goblin Valley and canoeing at Joe's Valley. I was awake by 6AM, which seems to be the norm with the puppy and her immature bladder. Due to a lot of preparation the night before we were on the road before 7:30...
  8. Christian

    Goblin Valley to Moab

    Ok, so this trip report isn't particularly adventurous or out of the way, but I did get some cool photos. Friday the 5th my brother Justin and I drove down to the Goblin Valley area. We camped on this BLM spot I always go to, by some cool Hoodoos. I woke up at sunrise to see if anything good...
  9. Udink

    Mexican Bend

    It took me a while on Saturday to decide what I wanted to do for the day, and I didn't get to the trailhead until well after noon. I drove down the San Rafael River Road (Mexican Mountain Road) and hiked to some petroglyphs near the mouth of Spring Canyon. During the drive I enjoyed looking up...
  10. Udink

    Thompson Hole

    This was kind of a long drive for such a short hike. I went down the Tidwell Draw road in the Swell to the San Rafael River, then hiked into Thompson Hole to find a geocache and some petroglyphs. Thompson Hole is an abandoned river meander where the San Rafael cuts through the Reef, and there's...
  11. Udink

    Spring Canyon Arch

    I set out with Alan on Saturday in an attempt to reach the arch in Spring Canyon (the one near the head of the left fork, not the one at the confluence with Nate's Canyon). The trip was Alan's idea--we were originally planning on a Cedar Mesa overnighter with new friend Terry, but with worries...
  12. PureLightImages

    Daughter's First Campout - San Rafael Swell

    My 22 month old daughter has been in the San Rafael Swell before but last time we stayed in a hotel in Green River. I've been wanting to get her out camping for a while now and it just hasn't worked with the schedule. On Saturday, May 18 (after snowboarding 10 inches of fresh snow at...
  13. Udink

    Upper Old Woman Wash

    In February 2012 I hiked up Old Woman Wash as far as I could with Chris G. until we encountered a dryfall that prevented us from going farther up the canyon. That trip was primarily a rock art hunt, but it still irked me that I wasn't able to hike the entire canyon. Last weekend I tried to...
  14. Udink

    San Rafael Reef between LWH and Chute

    Almost two weeks ago I hiked in the San Rafael Reef between Little Wild Horse Canyon and Chute Canyon. I chose the location largely because the fins/cracks in the Reef east of LWHC intrigued me. I also liked that there was a semi-major drainage between LWH and Chute for which there was no...
  15. Udink

    San Rafael Spring 2013

    This year's semi-annual San Rafael geocaching/camping trip had a cold start. Dave got to Price shortly before I was off work on Tuesday. I loaded a few last-minute things into the trailer and, despite the high winds, we drove south pulling our camp trailers into the heart of the Swell. There was...
  16. Desertrat

    Smith Cabin Reef Hike

    I was in dire need of a hike (as well as an entry for that sweet sleeping bag) and decided on hiking to the top of the reef from Smith Cabin and then down Horsethief Trail canyon. Well things didn't go as planned. I left home at 9 and was slowed down by all the traffic on the road. It was either...
  17. Bill

    Chamber of the Basilisk Goblin Valley 4.2013

    Last week we were passing by Goblin Valley during the middle of a 5 day trip and decided to stop and check out the Chamber of the Basilisk route. It took awhile to actually find a parking spot due to the spring break madness but once we got going it only took us 20min to get from the car to the...
  18. Desertrat

    Link Flat via ATV

    After my trip to Horizon Arch, I wanted to go back and explore some more. So on Saturday we set off from the same trailhead but kept heading East toward Link Flat. The road in had recently been graded so the riding was fast and smooth. The first stop was at a geocache we drove by last time in...
  19. Michael

    Black Dragon Slickrock 'Trail' - San Rafael Reef, 6-2011

    Intro: Last year (2010) we had to stop this hike, due to heat, jet lag and health problems. Now we started a new try. The hike Black Dragon Slickrock Trail is another highlight in the Reef region. Map: Spotted Wolf Canyon. Trailhead: Parking lot near Black Dragon Canyon Date of Hike: 06 / 2011...
  20. Nick

    A Night On The Reef

    It's been a long time since I've been camping. The longest stretch since probably 2009. 84 days to be exact. Back in November, just two days after the 2012 finale trip through Larry Canyon and Lost Spring, I went in to get some work done on my knee. They weren't quite sure what would have to be...

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