This is the river right near one of my favorite campsites on the Green River in Lodore Canyon. I’ve camped here many times. There’s often a long beach right in front of this campsite to play on, sleep on or just hang out on. Like many places in Lodore, there are lot’s of trees and campsites on the river right along with a trail to a nice overlook.
My first time to camp here was in the sleet on my very first Outward Bound training river trips in the early 90’s. It was early season and it was very cold. I remember this day as being fairly nice during the day, but that changed quickly as the evening wore on. I also remember having a leak in my bike water bottle that as tied to a boat, hanging in the river. Without looking, I pulled it up, opened it and took a big swig of river sand. yuck.
There’s also a nice hike up to an overlook which is fabulous for taking pictures!
The Green River is one of my favorites because it’s a clear, low volume, technical alpine river, which is what I spent most of my life on. Also, much like the middle fork of the Salmon. I find them to be so much fun! Don’t get me wrong, as I also really love the high volume dessert rivers too, but these are different and incredibly special.
This summer we had a great opportunity to head to Moab with the family to spend a few days camping along the River Road. We didn’t get too far out into the wilderness, but just being by the river was fabulous, as always. Especially when you wake up to views like this. Camping along the river is truly the best.
Late morning along the Colorado River near Moab
We certainly don’t expect high water flows in the end of December, and it’s certainly the case in Lower Courthouse Wash just north of Moab, UT (this flows into the Colorado River). We had a chance to hike there 2 days ago while spending Christmas in Moab and what a beautiful hike this is! We didn’t go to far because we had the kids and it was getting late and we hadn’t planned along outing, but we will for sure come back to this wash and do the entire lower section of 5.5 miles into the main Arches National Park road, and maybe the upper section too! There wasn’t a lot of water running in the canyon right now, but there was a lot of sitting water. A hiker we passed also said there were some unavoidable waste deep pools further up, so if you do this hike, plan on getting wet. I can’t wait to do it all this spring!
The other highlight of this hike is the amazing rock art to the right of the canyon mouth. From DiscoverMoab.com:
You will see large painted ghost-like illustrations typical of the Barrier Canyon Style Archaic figures on the red-orange surface. The numerous figures include human forms, bighorn sheep, shields, scorpion-like illustrations, possible dogs, a long beaked bird and abstract elements. You can see evidence of painted multi-colored figures superimposed on other pictographs. On the desert varnish surface you will see human and animal like figures as well as abstract forms. This site is on the National Register of Historic Places because of its representation of a Barrier Canyon Style rock art panel.
It’s some of the best rock art I’ve seen in the area with both Pictographs and Petroglyphs in the same place. Here’s just a sample.
This is a really great panel and is easy to get to off of hwy 191 just north of Moab. I enhanced these photos a bit as they are fading. They were also heavily vandalized in 1980 and while the park service did a great job restoring them, they’re not as good as they once were.
How to get there:
Drive north from Moab on Highway 191 and cross the Colorado River Bridge. Go half a mile to a parking area on the right side of the road and park, then walk back across the small bridge that crosses Courthouse Wash on the graveled foot path. At the east end of the bridge, look up at the cliffs to the right of the point of the canyon wall that is facing you. look at the base of the wall where it meets the slope. Then walk uphill to the base of those cliffs and look for a park service sign at the base of the slope below the panel.
On a recent Trip to Moab, we found an awesome Keeper hole while on a hike along one of our favorite places, Mill Creek. Mill Creek is a long-ish creek that’s accessible in many areas for hiking, swimming, sand castles and general playing with the kids. If you were 2 inches tall, you would NOT want to get in this one!! From Mill Creek…
Awesome Keeper Hole!
I’ve heard people say that they never have anything to talk about with regards to marketing their websites or products. That it’s always the same thing day after day and there’s never anything to talk about and that they’re too busy to see beyond the day to day activities that keep them busy.
I would disagree with this. And here’s why.
Rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado
Many years ago I was a river guide on the most popular stretch of river in the US – Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas river in Buena Vista. I guided that river every day for almost 10 years. About year 4, I got bored with floating the same stretch of 8-12 miles every day (many times twice a day!). One day I decided that I was going to look for something new on the river every day to see what I could find. I quickly discovered that there was sooooo much more going on under my nose than I had EVER imagined! I saw ruins of old buildings, waterfalls, plants, birds, rock formations, rapids, etc. And in doing this, I was able to share much more of the natural history with my friends and passengers that I was able to get to know my passengers better and greatly enhance their trip in ways I had never imagined.
As a side result, I became a better boater too.
This is Social Media Marketing. Noticing new things every day and being able to talk about them in one social way or another. Whether you use a blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or some other avenue of communication, you can be social. Find something you’re passionate about and share it – regularly.