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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: Camping in Moab Reply with quote

Looking to see if many people have been camping around the moab area. Going next month and want to get some input on cool camp grounds to stay at. I no there are a few along 128 owned by BLM.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We usually stay at the campground along Potash Road.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little bit north of town at a BLM campground....


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool picture!!!! I love moab.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite Moab spot (and I think I've tried them all over the years) isn't in Moab but about 26 miles south of town off of US191. It's BLM campground called "Wind Whistle" and it's about five or six miles west of the highway on a good paved road. It's hard to miss the turn off, though. The sign is small.

It's in a beautiful little alcove and almost no one camps there. The most I've seen is maybe two other campers and a campground host. It's quiet and beautiful. In the morning, get up early and go watch the sunrise hit the red rocks in Canyonlands at Canyonlands Overlook:
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(Sorry, no Westy in the foreground. It was back in the parking lot.)

Happy camping!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's lots of places to camp along the river north of town (BLM)...


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And south of town (mostly private).
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go about 30 miles south on 191 then swing west in to the canyons, lots of dead end at cliff locations there camp at will, nobody around. If I was t home I would dig up the GPS coordinates.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CELL PHONE WORKS AT PLACE LIKE THIS?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

targis58 wrote:
CELL PHONE WORKS AT PLACE LIKE THIS?

I wouldn't count on it! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:42 am    Post subject: Cell Phones? Reply with quote

Isn't lack of cell phone coverage one of the reasons we out to places like that to camp. (No cool pictures of my Westy to insert here, but I'm working on it. Pun intended.)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am with Dog Pilot. Further south in the canyons is where I like to spend my time when in southern Utah. Escelante area is great for camping where ever. Some roads can get hairy in the spring if you do not have 4WD but ther are plenty that are OK for 2WD. Moab tends to have too many people for my liking in the spring but to each his own. I like to go hide out in Dark Canyon in the spring time. No body for miles! Only you and the Anasazi ruins. 35 degrees and snow up on the mesa and 65 down in the canyon. Don't try to drive down into the canyon though. 4 mile walk to the rim and 300 ft. boulder slide to get in. Thats why the crowds stay away. Cell phone are useless in the canyons and that is the way I like it.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grizzly_black wrote:
I like to go hide out in Dark Canyon in the spring time. No body for miles! Only you and the Anasazi ruins. 35 degrees and snow up on the mesa and 65 down in the canyon.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: wish we were heading to moab now Reply with quote

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At Goose Island on Hwy 128 outside Moab, UT 08/06/04 at our first site of the 10 days in aught four trip.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with you all who say Moab area is too crowded, but if you avoid Spring Break/Easter Weekend it's not too bad. Dark Canyon area is nice... I haven't been there for years. Camping on the rim of Grand Gulch is a nice spring trip and hiking down into the canyon. Now you all have me itching for a road trip!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:13 am    Post subject: Re: wish we were heading to moab now Reply with quote

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At Goose Island on Hwy 128 outside Moab, UT 08/06/04 at our first site of the 10 days in aught four trip.


All this talk and pics of camping. Great stuff! Nice pics j8.

Inspiring. I hope I get my conversion done in time for some road trips!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok! good looking pictures. I hope I can do something like that soon!
The reason I asked about cell phone in that area above was because my phone has the GPS capability that I use alot. but It s gonna be useless if I don't get any cell phone signal there... Does regular navigation system work there? I am afraid of getting lost in the middle of no where where there is nobody around... Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conventional GPS uses the satellites not the cell system. As long as you aren't under thick tree growth or a tunnel/cave, it should work fine. I have a hand held magellen I use when hiking. I could load a street atlas into it, but am too old school for that. Use the Rand Mc Naly atlas instead. Short of GPS a good compass can give you an idea which way to turn when you are off the beaten path.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well heck.

I'm convinced.

We were going to spend two weeks in Death Valley beginning with a Saturday departure... no longer.

Sweet (smarter than me) wife convinced me that Moab would be our destination... then a slow mozie back to N. CA...

I can hardly stand sitting here at work!

We leave in less than 36 hours!

Anyone else going to be there, or Southern Utah in-general, between Mar 22 and April 4?

We are likely to wind our way home via Capitol Reef, Bryce, Zion, North Rim GC, and finally Death Valley....

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are going to find that the area you plan to cover is huge & you are going to be spending a lot more time driving than hanging out, camping, hiking, etc. The North Rim of the GC is not usually open yet cuz of snow at 8000 ' elev. You could spend all of your time in just 1 of those incredible places you mentioned, & not see it all. Pick 1 or 2places & enjoy the area?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*grin* Thanks Neil. Keep us posted on that conversion, but know I'll be checking your googlepages on it.

jake have a blast! I wish we were going, but I'm cooped up with spring fever instead. Please take pics!

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