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Friday | October 8, 2010

On Friday morning Amanda and I loaded up the Jeep and headed to Beef Basin for a three-day weekend. I had been planning this weekend for a while since I wanted to spend some quality time exploring Beef Basin. We made it to Monticello to fuel up and then took UT 211 towards the Needles District of Canyonlands, where we turned off onto the Cottonwood Canyon Road. I had been worried about the condition of this road with all the rain we had recently, but we found it in good condition and it was dried out (I've been on this road when it was wet before, and it's no fun). We climbed up towards Horse Mountain until we reached the Beef Basin Road turnoff and dropped back down into House Park where we setup a basecamp for the weekend.

Once camp was setup I headed straight for Middle Park to find the granaries there. They were easily found but the lighting was bad when we arrived, so I figured I'd head back later in the evening before it got dark out. We continued on into Ruin Park and stopped at some of the ruins along the way.

A tower in Ruin Park that I planned to visit later that night


Farm House Ruin


We took the Bull Valley Spur all the way back to the Gypsum Canyon Spur where I found the arch located near the end of the trail.

The arch near the end of the Gypsum Canyon spur.....bad picture because I was shooting right into the sun


We hopped on the Beef Basin Loop Road from there and headed back to complete the Homewater Spring Loop before heading back to Middle Park. This time the light was better, so I took some photos.

View across Beef Basin


Double-Stack Granaries in Middle Park


The Upper Garnary


My favorite granary in Middle Park to photograph


Photo from further back


We headed back to camp for some dinner and to take a short nap until it was dark out. Once it was dark we headed back over to ruin park to shoot some star trails.

Here's one Amanda composed


..and here's mine. Probably one of my favorite photos from the weekend.


It was a good way to start a nice long weekend of camping and exploring
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Fantastic. I can't seem to get enough of the ruins...they get me all excited.
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Wow!
Those night shots are fantastic!

Great job as usual.
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Nice pics! I'm inspired!
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Great pictures...I really like the tower with the swirling stars.
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Very cool! Love the pics.
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Rocking night shots Randy, thanks for sharing
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Great pics Randy! Like others, lovin the night shots. Funny as that was an idea I had for Fable Valley, but there were no ruins near our camp.
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Great report! Great pix! I was there exactly a week after you and am currently working on the trail report. Looks like you wandered farther and deeper into the area than I did (due to vehicle and people restrictions). And I didn't get nearly as cool of pix as yours (due to camera and camera operator deficiencies).
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Saturday | October 9, 2010

After a cold night of camping we had some breakfast and started the day out by heading up Beef Basin Wash. The first few miles of this road had been recently graded and it was in good shape, however at the first gate is where the recent maintenance had stopped. As we continued through the gate we noticed that no one had been down this trail since the last storms had come through. When we reached the first wash crossing we were met with some cut banks on both sides. I thought I could drive through the crossing, but soon found out that I was wrong. I managed to get stuck in some deep sand along the wash. It had been a while since the last time I got a vehicle stuck anywhere. With nothing good to winch to, Amanda and I spent the next 45 minutes to an hour digging and stacking rocks. Luckily I was then able to back out of this situation. Once out of the sand, I parked the Jeep and we hiked the rest of the way along the road to the cliff dwelling I had set out to visit.

By the time I reached the ruins I was a little too late and there was a shadow cast onto the top of them.


Closer view


After hiking back to the Jeep we continued on back to the Beef Basin Loop and checked out the Calf Canyon Spur followed by a drive up into Ruin Canyon. While in Ruin Canyon we stopped at the large ridge-top ruins.









Back at the 5-way intersection


We stopped at another small granary just off the main Beef Basin Loop




Finishing up the main loop
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We stopped back at camp for some lunch and then headed back up into House Park to visit a ruin we had bypassed on our way in the day before.

Apparently this wall needs some help...


Nice window in that wall, though


Cracking foundation


Fingerprints are still visible after all of these years...


We headed back to Ruin Park next, but on our way we took another short spur into Middle Park that I had neglected before. I'm glad I did because there was another small granary near the end of this trail, too.



Ruin Park Road


Two-Track in Ruin Park


Made a quick stop at this small ruin right off the road




I hiked to one last ruin for the day in Ruin Park. Last time I was here there was a trail that lead to this one, but it has since been closed by the BLM with their new travel management plan that went into effect earlier this year.

Fallen Tower




We headed back to camp, had some dinner, and went to bed early. As the sun was setting Amanda took this photo from our campsite.

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Sunday | October 10, 2010

Sunday morning we were up early, had some breakfast and packed up camp. We would be heading home today, but not the way we came. We would be heading out through Canyonlands National Park's Needles District.



Warning sign before dropping down into Bobbys Hole


The trail down into Bobbys Hole wasn't bad, just a little rough




Welcome to Canyonlands


The Needles
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We stopped to take a hike on The Joint Trail to Chesler Park. Amanda really enjoyed this hike since she had not done it before.







Large balanced rock


More needles


Pictographs along the Devils Lane






We finished up the Elephant Hill trail and then started on our way home. I had hoped to get a good photo of Newspaper Rock on our way out, but the lighting was wrong when we were there, so I will have to try that another time. We had a great long weekend exploring Beef Basin and the surrounding areas.
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Thanks for another great trip report, and the pictures that supported the trip makes me want to head down to BB area even more. Do you guys plan these weekends, or are you able to "wing-it" and head out whenever? Either way kudos to getting out again.
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Thanks for another great trip report, and the pictures that supported the trip makes me want to head down to BB area even more. Do you guys plan these weekends, or are you able to "wing-it" and head out whenever? Either way kudos to getting out again.
This is one of the few trips I actually tried to plan out this weekend...though I didn't end up sticking to my plans too much Normally I just choose an area I want to go to, do a little research on things I may want to check out and then wing-it.
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Is 'Cottonwood Canyon Rd' also called 'Beef Basin Rd' or 'CO 107'? Or am I off?
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Is 'Cottonwood Canyon Rd' also called 'Beef Basin Rd' or 'CO 107'? Or am I off?
That's the one.
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Awesome thanks
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Great pictures and write up!
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