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Day 1- Sunday, 5-22
I decided about a month ago that I wanted to take a trip the week before Memorial Day this year, so I recruited a couple buddies and we went for it. These guys have been on an adventure with me before, so they knew what they were getting into LOL. It was a long trip but we had a blast!
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I pieced together a bunch of routes I wanted to do in Utah, and we headed out on Sunday. We stopped at Monument Valley and took the self guided tour on a dirt loop. It was actually pretty fun. I’ve driven through on the highway for years but never stopped. I’m glad I finally did.
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After that we headed up Moki Dugway, a cool set of switchbacks that lift you up about 1000 ft.
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We found a nice camp spot on Muley Point and relaxed to a beautiful view of Monument Valley in the distance.
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Day 2- Monday, 5-23
After a very windy night, we packed up quickly and headed to Natural Bridges National Monument. This park is really nice and quiet. They receive a fraction of visitors compared to other parks in the area.
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We then headed up Hwy 95 for a beautiful drive through amazing topography. Utah never ceases to amaze your eyes.
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Lake Powell used to come all the way up here, but now the boat ramp is dry.
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After fuel and ice in Hanksville, we headed to a place I wanted to check out called Wild Horse Window. We set up camp and took about a one mile hike to the cave with a skylight.
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Day 3- Tuesday, 5-24
After another windy night (UTAH must mean BIG WIND in some language), we headed south towards Cathedral Valley. We stopped by an interesting rock formation along the way.
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Cathedral Valley was amazing, but too windy so we had to find a place to hide and camp by the river.
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Day 4- Wednesday, 5-25
We headed to Capital Gorge and drove in and out, then took another set of switchbacks up to Wolverine Loop and on to Horse Canyon
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Day 5- Thursday, 5-26
Today we went to Escalante, Hell’s Backbone and some dinosaur tracks.
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Day 6- Friday, 5-27
On our last day we took Croton Rd south to Lake Powell. This was the most technical part and was very fun and scenic.
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Feel free to ask questions or share comments. It was a long trip that went by way too fast. I’m now trying to recover before going back to work LOL
 
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Looks like a great trip! I've wanted to explore UT for years but haven't been able to do it yet. One of these days...
 

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Looks like a great trip! I've wanted to explore UT for years but haven't been able to do it yet. One of these days...
Great trip @azmojave. Thanks for sharing.

Don’t wait too long @jimboAZ. Utah will take years and years to explore. Been four times so far this year, and I’m always left feeling like I didn’t do enough.
 
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Great trip @azmojave. Thanks for sharing.

Don’t wait too long @jimboAZ. Utah will take years and years to explore. Been four times so far this year, and I’m always left feeling like I didn’t do enough.
We saw so much but it went by in a flash. I can’t wait to retire so we can spend more time at each location. I consider these pre-retirement trips to be scouting runs, to find where to go again. 😎
 

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We saw so much but it went by in a flash. I can’t wait to retire so we can spend more time at each location. I consider these pre-retirement trips to be scouting runs, to find where to go again. 😎
Couldn’t agree more. I can pull off a reasonable number of 3 and 4 day weekends, but full weeks away from clients is tough. Since clients pay for Jeep parts and eventually retirement. I admit I’m spoiled being 4 hours from Moab. I need to remember that I can go there in the winter.
 
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Couldn’t agree more. I can pull off a reasonable number of 3 and 4 day weekends, but full weeks away from clients is tough. Since clients pay for Jeep parts and eventually retirement. I admit I’m spoiled being 4 hours from Moab. I need to remember that I can go there in the winter.
Did I ask you about Rimrocker? Another trip on my list. Montrose to Moab.
 

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Did I ask you about Rimrocker? Another trip on my list. Montrose to Moab.
I haven’t done it, but really want to. I’m considering adding it as a detour on the way home from the rubicon in august, but it might add too much time. If not, definitely next year. Want to plan a rim rocker excursion?
 
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I haven’t done it, but really want to. I’m considering adding it as a detour on the way home from the rubicon in august, but it might add too much time. If not, definitely next year. Want to plan a rim rocker excursion?
Heck yeah! Next year would be good. Maybe around this time? (Memorial Day)
Unless there’s a better time for good weather.
 

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Heck yeah! Next year would be good. Maybe around this time? (Memorial Day)
Any idea how long it takes without rushing too much, but also without purposefully going slow? Stupid work.
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