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Canyonlands needles district

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by COexplorer, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. Dec 28, 2017 at 6:56 AM
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    COexplorer

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    I have been out in Canyonlands for the last few days four-wheeling and riding bikes. I have mostly been out in the needles district, which I have not spent much time in before.
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    I went out into Lavender canyon, which was pretty cool. You drive through a wash that slowly gets narrower, into really pretty canyon areas. It started off really sandy and wet. IMG_1031.jpg
    After driving through the creek for a while it started to dry out and was a fun sandy wash. At certain times I was a little nervous that the stock tires were not going to cut it, but I think it was cold enough that the sand stayed relatively consolidated.
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    After 14 miles, I hit the park boundary. Because I did not have a permit for the day, it was time to hop on the fat bike.
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    I rode another few miles to the end of the road and a cool arch.
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    Overall it was a cool area and a fun, easy trail. I did not see a single other person which was great. I look forward to coming back and camping there when I can get a permit.

    Bonus photo of the Green/Colorado confluence from the East side. I had a pretty tough ride to make it out here, but now I have seen the confluence from all angles except the west at Dollhouse. Hoping to do that trail this coming spring.
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  2. Dec 28, 2017 at 8:37 AM
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    Just some stuff to make mall crawling easier.
    Great photos. Love that part of the country. Looks like its still decent to visit even in winter!
     
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    Ya, I have spent a bit of time in the canyons in winter, and as long as you don't mind it being a bit cold at night I think it is nicer. Not deathly hot during the day, and there are not nearly as many people.
     
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    I need to do Needles, we did Island in the Sky last time we were there. I love that area.
     
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    Just some stuff to make mall crawling easier.
    Yeah we moved a Toyota Event we host outside of Moab this year to mid-October. That was perfect timing. Cool nights, warm days, and zero bugs!
     
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    Thanks for sharing! We'll be spending some time there and the White Rime this summer. It's nice to see some pics of what we can expect.
     
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    Thanks. I am sure you will have a blast on the White Rim. We did that last summer. One piece of advice, if you are camping close to the river any of the nights, I would recommend bringing one of those cheap Walmart bug shelter tents. When we were close to the river the mosquitos were terrible, so we would set up the kitchen and eating area inside that and it was much more enjoyable.
     
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  8. Feb 15, 2018 at 5:12 AM
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    Hope you have a great time. See my comment above about a bug shelter to use near the river.
     
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    We too always enjoy meeting up with fellow travelers while we're out. Unfortunately we're scheduled for Canyonlands July 14th through the 18th, the days right before heading to the FJ Summit.
     
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