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    Default Southern Utah Traverse October 2017

    So Iíve recently found the time to go through my photos from my trip on the Southern Utah Traverse Trail. This was a solo person/ solo truck trip. The dates were October 17 thru October 29 2017.


    The trail in-itself (any-which way you want to travel it) is close to a thousand miles of dirt and my full mileage was 1,980 miles from and ending back in N/ Central Arizona. $400 dollars of gas was spent on the entire trip. I averaged 14mpg on the dirt portions. Which is .5 mpg over my street average! I was pretty happy about that, because I budgeted $1,000 for the trip and only spent a little over half thatÖ

    Most of my trip, the roads were well maintained. Besides for Beef Basin, Sunset Pass/ Hatch Canyon, Hole in the Rock Rd and up-and-over the Henry Mountains the particular route I took was 2wd HC capable. But rains can change the terrain of the desert quick. The off-road route (until nearing Kanab) was extremely desolate. In NF and the NR areas, this time of year were heavy with hunters; so be aware of that when hiking.

    All the National Parks were packed! The further from asphalt I got the less people (and trash) I generally found. But almost everyday Iíd see at least one suburbanite slob on a dirt road in their rented RV or cargo-carrier equipped suv; driving three miles an hour, avoiding every nickel-sized rock (all-the-while driving) in the (middle of the) road.

    For anyone wanting to do this trip, it can be done in five days if youíre early to rise and enjoy driving well into the night. Early October would probably be the best ďafter-summerĒ time to go. Monsoonal weather/extreme heat are usually over by then.. Mid to late October was nice, but no shortage of skin-stinging wind on some evenings. I monitored NOAA weather radio everyday and the weather report would shift from a positive three-day outlook to an outlook the next day of 50-70mph winds within an hour of the previous report. But all-in-all the highs averaged 75-83℉ in the day to 38-51℉ at night. Higher elevations dropped those temps 20℉-30℉ and similar lower temps when there was cloud cover or when the wind kicked up. I used my Little Buddy Propane heater almost every night. At 10,000í in the Henry Mountains I had to don a balaclava, gloves and winter jacket to set up camp. And a few nights I had to wrap up in my 20℉, 40℉ and two 15℉ mummy bags all while sporting my long johns and a cap to get through the night. Most of the days I was shirtless in shorts in my flipflops.

    The trip started in Cortez, CO and I got as far as Hurricane, UT before I scraped the rest of the way to the Nevada boarder and headed back into N. Arizona for more backcountry then up to the Kaibab Plateau and then onto the North RimÖ

    I didnít pre-plan the trip. I planned to drive to Cortez from home, camp that night, and figure where to go the next day. Every night after setting up camp, I cracked open an adult beverage and consulted my trusty Benchmark Utah Road Atlas and decided the destination for the morning. Not pre-planning my route only screwed me a few times. Most notable; I tried to take Kane Springs Rd (Near Moab) from the 163, west to Lockhart Basin to camp for the night over the Colorado River in Canyonlands NP. Then intersect with Indian Creek Scenic Byway later the next day. But my truck wasnít nearly competent enough to make it.
    But other than that, every route choice I made was perfect and I had a great time, no regrets.


    Pure isolation. From gorgeous sunsets, to massive vistas, unbelievable red-rock formations, native american ruins and long forgotten pioneer homesteads un-touched and un-trampled by civilization. Southern Utah is extremely unique and special and I hope it stays exactly the way it is.


    Public lands traveled & visited were Canyons of the Ancients Nation Monument-CO, Hovenweep NM-UT, Canyon Rims Rec Area-UT, Bears Ears NM (Indian Creek Scenic Byway/ Beef Basin)-UT, , Manti-La Sal NF-UT, Glen Canyon NRA-UT, Pink Cliffs/ Hatch Canyon-UT, Poison Springs Canyon-UT, Henry Mountains-UT, Capitol Reef NP-UT, Grand Staircase Escalante NM (Burr Trail Scenic Backway/ Smokey Mtn Road/ Cottonwood Canyon Rd/ Skutumpah-Johnson Canyon Rd)-UT, Dixie NF-UT, Hole-in-the-Rock Rd/ GSENM/GCNRA-UT, Bryce Canyon NP, Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP-UT, Vermillion Cliffs NM-UT/AZ, Zion NP-UT, Kaibab NF-AZ and the North Rim of Grand Canyon NP.

    I thought about doing a trip report. But honestly, Iím not creative enough to make it sound interesting. It really was an ordinary A-to-B trip. Nothing went wrong. I didnít run into someone else that had their **** go wrong. On top of that social media is just ruining the backcountry and outdoor sites in general, furthering me to not be too detailed.

    So Iím not going to list specific spots of where the exact pictures have been taken. Iíll try to include a bit of info in some of the pictures.

    Enjoy the picture dump.


    Hovenweep

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    Kane Springs Rd connecting with Lockhart Basin

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    Indian Creek Scenic Byway

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    Titus Canyon

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    Bears Ears NM

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    Arch Canyon Overlook

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    Camping spot over Dark Canyon

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    Coming down into the Colorado River Valley

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    Looking east across the Colorado River into Glen Canyon NRA

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    Camping spot over Cataract Canyon of the Colorado River Gorge

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    Heading up over Sunset Pass

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    Down into Hatch Canyon

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    Water ford of the Dirty Devil River

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    Into Poison Springs Canyon

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    Looking east to the Henry Mountains and the camping spot for that night

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    Cold morning in the Henry’s, just shy of 10K feet

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    Looking west back into Hatch Canyon/Poison Springs

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    Capitol Reef below in the forefront, Dixie NF and Grand Staircase behind it

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    Looking east to the Henry Mountain from Sage Flat

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    Large Cattle Ranch under the Sandy Creek Benches

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    Water Pocket Fold in the distance

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    Burr Trail Switchbacks

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    Beautiful drive through the Burr Trail Scenic Backway

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    Desolate route on Smoky Mountain Rd

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    Looking into Lake Powell from the Kelly Grade

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    Paria River

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    Looking N/W to the Pink Cliffs of Bryce Canyon NP

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    Bryce Canyon NP

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    Camping spot below the Pink Cliffs

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    Stopped in Zion NP. Place was a zoo, only took a few pics before I had to find camp for the night

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    Found a great spot to camp including an epic sunset

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    Vermilion Cliffs

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    Mable Canyon View from Tator Ridge

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    And the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. View from Bright Angel Point. In all her spender and glory. Guess I’ll have to come back.. :/

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    Thanks for the pictures. I've managed to get my sorry rear out there for over 40 years and I recognize a lot of the places you showed.
    1992 FG, 1994 Hallmark camper.
    1961 CJ3b, V6,OD,PTO winch etc.
    1969 Jeep Commando.
    1998 Harley.
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    1953 Buick Special, that I get out about once a year, 62K original miles.

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