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Goosenecks SP, UT
Moki Dugway, UT
Muley Point, UT
Natural Bridges, UT
Leaving Flagstaff, finally, I headed on out to the Goosenecks SP which is a nice place to stay awhile.
While it can get a little windy coming up from the river there, it is nice to camp along the rim.
There are limited spaces, 10? maybe right at the campground
but you take the dirt road out along the rim and plenty of sites either on the rim or the inside of the roads.
If high winds are forecasted for a while, might be best to camp on the inside, otherwise the rim, IMNSHO, is the better of the two. You'll see the turnouts and probably the rock piled fire pits.
Not a whole lot to do right in the area unless you like roaming around aimlessly in the desert or along the rim.
Now, the question might be, why go back to Goosenecks (been there 2x s) ... well aside of it being cheap, $10 night, nice views, it is also near the Moki Dugway
and Muley Point up on top.
Moki or Mokee, or Mokey, or however you want to spell it, it's something to check off the "To do" list.
The road, paved as showing, stops with the pavement and becomes a good gravel/dirt road, easily traveled.
While it's narrow and has a few hair pinned turns, it's pretty doable.
My rig is apx ~24', it's just a pickup sized truck after all, and I would feel comfortable towing a 13-16' trailer. Might have do some wide turns but traffic isn't that bad, so just wait till they pass.
Just take it slow n easy if you have to tow something.
Next stop is Muley Point. It's at the top of the Moki where the pavement returns to head north.
On the left side, going up the Moki, a gravel/dirt road will take you to the view point and boondocking.
It was a lot longer than I had thought, washboarded, so a PITA to drive. eventually getting you to the point.
The road goes on, but was a little too rough for me to do alone without recovery equipment.
Plenty of camping areas, a few bigger trailers on Rock and or dirt.
Now, why go there in the first place.... VIEWS....
The view's area was Awesome-Possum. If you look closely, some days you can see South America (joking)
|(Believe that Monument Park way out there)|
So, between the two, Moki and Muley, they both have fantastic views.
Onward and upward, next stop is to the Natural Bridges near Blanding, UT
This was a little interesting in that I got mixed up on "Bridges vs Arches" so I was thinking, big mistake, that I'd be seeing those 'Red Arches' that you always see. Nope....
Basically, there are 3 main arches there. You drive around a 9-mile one-way loop and pull off at various locations. There are trails to hike to the bottom, but I let me mini-telephoto doing the walking for me.
You can see the trails below.
Find the Bridge...
Easier if close up.
Well, missed that one, not entirely unusual to say the least, as these were more like 'Ghost Bridges'. can you see it?? Neither did I.
I went to the Look out point.... and looked... and looked again, and looked again, still couldn't find it so figured I had to walk down the trail to see it...
Interesting formations going down the trail.
|(Do you see the Shark? I didn't until posting the pic)|
And then Voila', 'Thar she blows....'...
So you drive/ride/walk/fly, whatever around the loop to see the 3 main Natural Bridges, there are maps at the visitor center that helps.
Camping.... sigh, "Timing, it's not my thing...' FULL !!!
Limited campsites, small and only a few in the campground.
Pretty much car/truck/small trailer/van camping. Nice if you can get them.
Now, with the "Full" in mind, there are alternatives, maybe not as nice.
Before the park entrance there are 3 alternatives, 2, next to each other and the 3rd an Abandoned Air Strip. These are FREE BLM dispersed land with dirt roads going back into the 'out back'.. Visitor Center has the maps and info on them.
|(Road for the Deer one BLM Dispersed)|
Smaller sites and the powdered dust, blow like crazy if you sneeze..
but dry, roads are ok.
The Air strip was fine, just a little further away, but doable. Not active, but you never know..
|(Tower, Fox990, ready for takeoff.....)|
I just picture an Emergency Landing coming in so I left the runway clear.
and a nice view, so it's not that bad.
and it snowed... fun in the Sun, well not today anyway..
Blanding, UT - Nice place and very convenient.
The Shell/7-11 has gas/diesel, obviously. but also a 'Dump N Fill' station for $5 or free if you buy fuel.
|(Station is at the RV park, Water is locked, key at Shell counter)|
But wait, there's more..
a small laundromat, little white shop there.
Also, a good Market across the street
a Hardware store, next to that.
and finally a bigger, very nice laundromat just apx 1/4 mi south of Shell station.
How do I know that or more importantly Why?? I know that, brings up the routine stuff you have to plan for and do while on the road.
Laundry.... Eventually I run outta T-shirts. They are the easiest to maintain. Low Maintenance as you just wash'em, dry'em, fold-roll'em And DONE!!!..
Then you have to deal with the machines themselves. Single/Double/Triple and how many "Soap/Oxy Pods" if there are any left after snacking, Gwad.. I'm of the consensus that you use 2- pods for double and 3 for triple. One place said no... so who knows..
And finally, Duallys (trucks) do have a benefit. Several times I've been caught with a bad tire, AKA flat tires. The Dually is good as it's like carrying a spare on the wheels.
I couldn't change one, some 9+ lugs that supposedly need to be loosened/tightened according to a set pattern and have no place to carry one.
The point being that I had a small screw in the tire, found out when I took it into Blanding. I have small compressor/battery jumper but it only went up some 40 lbs PSI.. I need 90 PSI min, for the 19.5 sized tires.
|(Previous Flat, drove some 40+ mi before seeing it)|
I've had to do this twice, but need to get the Compressor w/Air Bags as I had on my other truck. I would recommend Bradford Tire, not sure what else he can do.
So, after a quick fix/patch and propane fill up, I was loaded n tied, ready to ride.
I wasn't sure when I'd get outta Blanding, doing laundry so looked for a place to land if running late. Hate pulling into campsites, especially dispersed ones, at night.
Found one just north of Blanding, reservoir that looked good, but was planning on getting up to Moab, UT Ken's lake.
Ken's Lake, just south of Moab, UT.
All reviews stated, "...Plenty of campsites, No PROBLEM, nice place, blah-blah-blah.
Got there, FULL.... There are two areas, the main one above and another one a little further back.. 'FULLER'... Nothing on the water or more like a pond/reservoir
Ended up at Willow Springs BLM Dispersed,
north of Moab after checking out the two other sites along the Colorado River, just north of town.. FULL and FULLER (beginning to hate Moab) .
Willow Springs BLM area is a little iffy on sites. They have some along side the road and the road is a good one, but the side spurs are rough. Very active with dirt bikes and UTVs and as goes with the activity, they area racing up and down thinking, "What Dust...". It's that red Talcum Powder stuff so even a 'Sneeze' can kick up a dust storm.
It was crowded, I was lucky to find a spot off of a side spur.
As it turns out, I'm not a big fan of Moab without a Buggy.
Especially during May apparently the busiest season, so sitting there in the dust, staring at the riders was painful and just added to the continued frustrations that I can't seem to get over.
Finally got fed up, headed up to another campsite on the route, Horse Thief CG, BLM, which was OK, nicer but costs.
Again, without a Buggy, pretty much sitting there staring at the shrubs. so it was getting time to move on. Had to do a Dump N Fill.
Dump N fills, tried one RV park that I thought said $5 but wrote back, it's only for guests. Figured default, KOA at south end of town would do for the standard $15, was some $30 and recommend the Maverick Gas Station, south end of town for free. I figured there'd be a long line but just one or two in front, bring a long hose for water, but worked find.
|(Water line, need a 30' + hose)|
I was pretty much stuck in Moab due to $$ needed for fuel ~ $3.50 Gal Diesel, so went back to Willow Springs thinking I'd stay till payday still a week away. Got there, winds howling, dust blowing and I still don't get this . I made the mistake of parking in a wide open place. People coming in for just the night off the Hwy next to entrance since it's free, parked within 20 feet of my place (too close) Area wide open, but they come right up next to you, just don't get it..
Anyway, one night and I was ready to go. Dug around for Fuel money and headed out, I've had it with 'The Moab', just wanted to get outta this place.
Next stop?? not real sure yet, but towards the Great Basin, NV.. I'll do the original planned route next time.
I did make a day drive up to the Dead Horse Camping area just to check it out.
$15 just to drive in, so turned around and continued on to the Canyonlands Visitor Center.
Crowds. Got out snapped a few and got the hell outta there. I was able to see the White Rim Road (dirt road in pics), now that looked kewl..
Map and info for Canyonlands.
On to NV.