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Old 07-23-2012, 11:08 AM   #15
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While most people wander around the Big Parks, there's lots to be seen off the main roads. Dorothy and I took our new (to us) Rav4 on it's first road trip out there last spring (before we got the Scamp). We spent a LOT of time around Delta collecting:
  • Agate (many varieties...by the bucketload)
  • Topaz (rare, but not too hard to find)
  • Opal (not precious, but very pretty)
  • Silicified fluorite. (Look up "Tiffany Stone" on line)
  • Trilobites
All were free... though for some extra bucks you could collect trilobites at a "special" quarry.

If you're willing to camp totally off the grid, you can find some great places. Just bring plenty, and I mean PLENTY, of water. If you're going to be there in August and are going into the boonies an AC would be really nice as there is very little (read: "NONE") shade.... and of course that means a generator.


There are mile after mile (after mile after mile after mile...) of well-graded gravel roads. Traveling around the north side of Topaz Mountain gets you on a long stretch of the original Pony Express. Down by the trilobite digs there are some neat stretches of old US 50 that were never paved.

And while I don't have anything to say about the LDS folks from a religious standpoint, they are some of the friendliest and most generous people I've run across.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:54 AM   #16
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I had virtually forgotten about the prevalence of LDS folks- around here, you find that young men in dark suits and white shirts & subdued ties are generally assumed to be representatives of one of several religious groups who insist on ringing my doorbell to hand me informative materials about why I cannot possibly be saved (and therefore I should enjoy myself to the fullest?)
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:38 PM   #17
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And some of you wonder why Donna stepped away for awhile?!
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:24 PM   #18
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Depending on when you go in August (i.e. before or after school has restarted), you'll want to make a reservation if you plan on camping inside Arches NP. For Canyonlands I believe it's first come first served. Neither park has any kind of hookups or dump station I could find when I visited last year.

The biggest surprise to me on my Arizona / Utah /Colorado trip last August, was how much it rained. It would be sunny and hot at noon, then 2 hours later it's a pouring 30 minute thunderstorm, so be prepared for that.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:31 PM   #19
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Those afternoon thunder storms are common on the high desert everywhere. It also allows dry gullys to become raging rivers with no warning 10 minutes to an hour after the storm starts upstream. When it clouds up, stay out of low lying areas and don't try to ford streams running across the hiway. I have seen an 18 wheeler get swept away by a flash flood, and the sun was already back out when it happened.
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That's absolutely true Bob, it's an amazing amount of rain that comes down in such a short time. Another tip, close your roof vents when your sightseeing away from the trailer in case it rains, no matter how sunny it is outside (don't ask me how many times the inside of my trailer got wet!)
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:20 PM   #21
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Thanks for the feedback and your concerns re the harsh environment in the summer. My wife and I have some experience in hot dry environments so we will be prepared.

Thanks to your
feedback we've got some good directions and links to follow up on.

I've taken all comments with the humor that was intended. This is a good board full of good people.

Cheers!
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:27 AM   #22
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Just north of Moab is Rt 128 on which there are numerous BLM campgrounds. Some are just for tenters while others will accommodate large trailers. They are on the Colorado river. Most have high canyon walls that provide some shade. No power or water, just pit toilets. Our first trip was to see the parks. The second trip was to camp on the river again. It's just a nice place to be. Raz
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Those afternoon thunder storms are common on the high desert everywhere. It also allows dry gullys to become raging rivers with no warning 10 minutes to an hour after the storm starts upstream. ...
That's absolutely gold with platinum plating advice! NEVER camp/park in that "gosh, what a smooth area!" space in the bottom of a canyon. Back in the day I was geologist. I remember my professor taking my class on a trip one day and pointing out houses in the flood plain. "That's going to go, that's going to go, that's going to go..." and so on. Four weeks later the Rapid City flood of '72 happened and it was exactly as he said. I remember hearing about a guy out in the Badlands who parked his jeep in the bottom of a draw. When he got back from collecting the axles were covered in silt.

If you see smooth sand, if you see banked gravel beds, if it looks a little iffy, Don't Camp There. They call 'em "flood plains" for a reason.
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I said: B alert for young men dressed in white shirts and dress slacks riding bicycles on the road.

Bob Said: Comments about certain Utah natives are not only inappropriate, as I am led to believe there are few active Missionaries in Utah, (except at the MTC in Provo) they are inaccurate.


I did not say anything about Missionaries but to be political correct on this form I revise my post.

Do Not B alert for young men dressed in white shirts and dress slacks riding bicycles on the road.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:12 AM   #25
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BC Dave said:
I don't suppose that we should speculate about the odds that they have had their drivers licenses suspended for too many DUI's?


If it was not DUI could it be they broke the Bumper to Bumper rule as previously stated in this forum.

I do have a question though: Can you be charged with DUI for being positive for caffeine?
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More not so transparent comments.....
Offensive is as Offensive does.
Lets stick with FG Trailer comments
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More not so transparent comments.....
Offensive is as Offensive does.
Lets stick with FG Trailer comments
Exactly right!

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Darwin,

You just ran into 2 internet bullies!!!!
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