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Default Fins-N-Things/Needles/Beef Basin 3/22-3/26/2009 *Warning - Many Pictures!*

We have been trying to get back to the Needles District of Canyonlands for several years and something always interferes. We finally made it back during my wifes Spring Break (she is anelementary teacher).

We left Sunday morning 3/22 and headed NW. After a stop at Franciscos in Durango for lunch the wind started getting insane! The windsocks at the little airport north of Monticello UT were stretched so hard that they looked more like caution cones then windsocks. Feeling that setting up a tent in this would be impossible (not to mention the air was so thick with sand that it would have proably filled the tent) we decided on getting a hotel in Moab.

Monday morning we got up and had breakfast at the Jailhouse Cafe and then headed for Fins-N-Things. We head run the south side but never the north. I am always amazed at what a vehicle can drive up!

I also love how you can see the tracks on the slickrock....



Now it was time to fill up the tank (and the scepter cans) and head for Needles.

Hwy 211 on the way to Needles, I had forgotten what a beautiful drive 211 is!



We setup camp on the south end of Lockhart Basin just north of Hamburger Rock.

This is the view from our campsite:



Tuesday morning we broke camp and headed for Needles and Elephant Hill.









We stopped and hiked the Joint trail. It was fun and provided us some great views.







We then continued on our way to the campsite just south of the park that Alex had told me about (there are advantages to having lunch with Alex right before you leave on a trip to Utah ).





After we setup camp I was setting in my chair tending the fire and saw this to my right:



Wednesday we got up and headed to Beef Basin. Bobby's Hole was no problem (I do have a locker in the rear and a LS in the front). A little loose maybe but I didn't even spin a tire. The matting the BLM put down is starting to get torn up. there were big chunks of it already laying on the side of the hill.

The reason we were there:





We drove down part of Ruin Canyon and saw this very well preserved grainary. We climbed up the cliff for a better view:



The roof:



We saw a herd of Mule Deer (more then 20) crosing the trail later in the day and I was amazed how calm they were . Even with the Jeep in the midst of them they didn't really seem to care.

Thursday morning we woke up to this:



We packed up camp and headed for the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.

I love entering a National Park through a farm gate!





It snowed off and on Thursday (including on the short hike to the confluence).



Back over Elephant Hill and out of the park we went. I stopped at Newspaper Rock.



I love contemplating all of the people who have made a mark on that place!

It was cold and the wind was bad but we had a GREAT time. I was concerned my wife would get fedup with the weather but all she can talk about is going back. This was our first trip were we camped in the "back country" and we loved it! We didn't see any people for almost two days and when we did talk to someone they were enjoying the beauty and solitude as much as we were.

Thanks to everyone who had posted maps and trips, I used that information to have a very successful vacation!

I can not wait to spend even more time exploring this area!

Glen

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Awesome! I can't wait to get some camping in. SOON!!
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nice trip, Glen
Thanks! What's up with the leaf-spring?
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Thanks! What's up with the leaf-spring?
new one will be here tomorrow according to UPS.....hoping to get in a day trip to Moab this weekend
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Great trip report! Thanks!
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I can not wait to spend even more time exploring this area!
Good thing that there is a lifetime's worth of that to explore! You and your wife will have many more redrock adventures, I am sure of that.
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Thanks for sharing!!!
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great pics! i have done that trip a couple times but i would do it again in a heartbeat! i love that area
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Thanks for the report and pics! Looking forward to getting back to Beef Basin and E-Hill.
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