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DougR Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:19 pm

Hello,

It's time for our annual Easter trip to the desert. We live in Salt Lake and are looking someplace interesting, off the radar and hopefully warm. We'd prefer to find a lonely patch of desert with good hikes and no ATV traffic. I know Southern Utah seems to have all the snow this year, so we may consider going a bit further South. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Doug

Love My Westy Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:09 pm

We live in Salt Lake also and will be leaving on the 27th of March for our 2-week vacation. Last year we tried to do So. Utah at the same time and got our butts frozen with 21 degree nights. We finally ended up over at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada and Lake Meed recreation area. They are both lower elevation. Watch the weather, if it looks cold in So. Utah, head for lower elevations.

In Utah, it's hard to get away from OHV's, especially on Easter weekend. Don't go to Moab or the northern San Rafael Swell, we made that mistake once before on Easter, it was crazy with OHVs. We've found that there are fewer of them the farther you get from the Wasatch Front, so south of I-70 in the Swell is better, but there are still some of them there but they are usually touring and not just ripping everything up like they are in the Wedge Overlook area.

This year we're headed down I-15 to Arizona, south of Quartzite to the Kofa Wildlife Refuge, which is supposed to have dispersed camping and does not allow off road driving so there shouldn't be any OHV's. This will be an exploratory trip for us. It's a long drive though from Salt Lake.

Have a good time. I wish you good weather. Rich

914 mike Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:32 pm

We have a group of 3 westy's going on a 1 week excursion to southern Utah.
Itinerary:
March 27-28 - Zion
29-Bryce and Capitol Reef
30 - Capitol Reef to Bull Frog via Notom-Bull Frog rd.
31 - Ferry across and end up in Natural Bridges or Mule Point
April 1 - Marble Canyon
2- Grand Canyon
3 - Loflin
4- Home (Fresno)

We liked the trip so much last year we are doing it again this year....with more friends.
Look for a yellow, a blue and an ass brown westy and give us a wave....

Great area! Hope the weather cooperates....

Mike
84 westy
2.2 suby
In a world full of ponies, it's a thuroughbred horse.

Classicvibe Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:05 am

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada. This place is a little gem, but I am not sure how cold it will be. You can turn west at Beaver to get there. It is kind of like a little Goblin Valley (I guess).

I am kind of a desert rat, so central Nevada wasteland is dreamy to me.

From there you could hit Ash Springs:

I have not been there but many people consider it a hidden little gem. I plan on going around that same time. I just found this write up, which covers the larger area:
http://www.sangres.com/nevada/wildlife-refuges/ash-meadows.htm

You just have to report back on your trip. By chance do either of you drive a Maroon Syncro Camper Pop Top? I passed this total cutey this morning on the way to work (with an attractive girl driving it), I think she got off of I-15 around 4500 South. I saw another dude a few weeks ago driving a gold GL camper south on I-15 as well.

DougR Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:31 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions! We're meeting tonight to try to figure out where to go. I'll let you know what we decide.

Doug

chrome Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:29 am

jeep safari week in moab is march 29 thru april 4, it will be wacko for all nonjeep fun, usually more than 5000 jeepers hit our little desert paradise



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