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2019 Rider Camp-out reports

July 24, to 28, 2019 ATV Club Camp-out: on the Burr Trail out of Boulder, UT 

 
Ride report
Attending:
Mike & Winnie Reid
Mark & Judy Habbeshaw
Bob Wallen
Sam Smith
 
On July 24, Wednesday, we meet at the Port of Entry at 7:00 AM, and depart at 7:15 sharp. Driving N/B on US 89 through Hatch, to UT SR-12. E/B on SR 12 stopping at the Red Canyon Visitors Center for a break. Continuing, on SR 12 past Bryce, Tropic and on to Escalante. Stopping at the Subway in Escalante. Continuing along the most scenic roadway in America. Across the slick rock landscape, dropping down to cross the Escalante River, climbing a 10-14% grade and narrow roadway past Calf Creek. Across a ‘Hog-Back’ with drop-offs on both sides. Moving on to the scenic little town of Boulder, UT. In Boulder turning off on a very winding road past Deer Creek tenting campground. Passing through Red Canyon, now on the Burr Trail Road through the Gulch, continuing to a pre-designated campsite just off the Burr Trail. At the camp site, we fit in the three camp units, and Bob Wallen’s truck and trailer. We may have fit another camping unit there, but it would have been tight if at all possible? There are very few campsites in this area of the Burr Trail, most have narrow entries or room for just one unit. Wednesday during set up it was very hot, low 90's. However, we managed. We are excited with the visual beauty of our location and having a chance to experience the upper benches and canyons of the Waterpocket Fold and the Wolverine Loop; exploring these trails above Capital Reef.
 
Thursday, it is cooler, we assemble and depart at 8:00 AM down the Wolverine Trail, ride leader Sam Smith. The vast area we are seeing; the cliffs and wall faces are unique and impressive. We came to a turn off, Mike has an updated GPS mapping program which says this is Horse Creek, we have no idea how far this route takes us, there are no signs. So we head that way as we pass views of colored layers much like Paria, down through washes, and eventually reach a deep red canyon, following the wash within this deep canyon we lose altitude, each corner brings another breathtaking view of Vermillion Walls, streaked with lines of varnish or Navajo Tapestry. Winding our way around sharp corners, underneath the high cliffs we continue. We find ourselves within just a few miles (according to our GPS) from where Boulder Creek and the Escalante River meet. Finally, after 16 miles we end up at the end of the route at an old metal line shack, with a wood stove inside. The day had warmed considerably. Returning the way, we had come, we find a few side canyons which were explored with much gusto and awe. A once in a lifetime experience. We explore an old broken-down home-made sheep wagon. Then find some cottonwoods to enjoy our lunch. This fun exploration took a lot of time so it was decided to just run the Wolverine trail and note the turnoffs which we will explore later. As we ran the Wolverine Loop, storm clouds were gathering, dark thunderheads begin to form. The Waterpocket fold, high colorful rock mesa's and other unusual views tickled our interests. It was amazing and very enjoyable. Navigating around the rainstorms we arrive back to camp traveling around 65 miles.
This evening after our supper, we enjoy a small fire, ice cream and cookies and companionship around the fire pit.
 
Friday, beautiful morning, spectacular views to enjoy, we are soon ready for a 8:00 AM departure. Mike with his updated GPS will lead us. It had rained overnight, and in the early morning. The thunderheads were already forming as we ride down the Wolverine Trail. There was little dust to contend with and sections of muddy road were the run-off had run down the road. We reach the Wolverine Petrified Wood Natural Conservation area, marked as the Grand Staircase NM even though it has been removed from the Monument. Where you were once able to drive to the large deposits of petrified wood, it is now fenced and a long walk into the site. Soon our hardy robust hikers are off on the trail. They discover large black petrified trees, one being about 4 feet in diameter, and others about 60 feet long. Photos taken they venture back to the parking area. We are soon on our way again on the Loop trail. Reaching the turn-off to Moody Canyon, Silver Falls we head south across the bench lands and between the high rock mesas and buttes. Although warm, the breeze is cool. Eventually, we reach the Moody Creek wash, with huge rocks, fallen from the canyon walls, line the way. We take a stop in the shade of one of these rocks and enjoy our lunch. Continuing, we eventually climb out of the canyon wash heading to the east. We pass more magnificent views of the country, rock buttes and a view of Navajo Mountain far to the south. We are now in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. We reach the roads end, not able to find an overlook from the Waterpocket fold further to the east. As with many routes they are posted closed. There is an absence of signage, except for “Road Closed”. Mike follows his GPS for a loop return route which also peters out. Back to Moody Creek we go, near the beginning of the canyon Mike leads us to an old Uranium Mine site which takes exploring. It has long been shut down, with just foundations remaining and a wood chute on the cliff side. Back on the trail, it is threatening rain as we reach the Silver Falls turn-off. That’s the way we go and see what we think is Silver Falls, which was dry. Map indicates the route goes to Little Death Hollow, but it is posted closed. Going back Mike takes us to another apparent Uranium Mine, high on a cliff side, long abandoned. Another exploration is in order. Afterwards, back to the route, passing large slabs of yellow cake, supposed uranium. We have fortunately avoided the rainstorms, with only a few sprinkles. Back on the Wolverine loop, to the Burr Trail, it has been a long day and a late afternoon treat is anticipated. But wait, Winnie spots smoke coming from the trees to the north. We turn around to investigate, Mike and Winnie find that lightening had struck a Juniper tree and it was burning. Soon we were battling this small smoldering fire within the bark of the tree with the little water we had left, a hatchet and small shovel. With the fire and the smoldering extinguished; again, on our way to camp and cold drinks. Arriving late back at camp it is found that a heavy rain had pelted our camp leaving mud puddles. Today’s ride about 90 miles.
Later, it is time for our Chili and Grilled Sausages night, it is getting dark as we begin to grill a variety of sausages, from hot Italian, to Jalapeno to mild Bratwurst, the grill is sizzling. Chile with sausages and corn bread could not taste better as it becomes darker. Good times on the Burr Trail.
 
Saturday, Bob is packing up to head home, he was soon on his way, Mark and Judy are leaving later after our short ride today. Mike leads us away, down the Burr Trail to the Lampstand turn to the north. There were areas of run-off from the recent rains, muddy washes and holes to navigate. There are many roads to explore, no signs (except Road Closed) to be found. We again enjoy the views, the colorful canyon’s and cliffs, the vast expanses of lands. Coming to several routes we must turn back on several occasions. We see what we believe is the ‘Lampstand’ butte. Go into a canyon and find a mine, boarded up with a sign; ‘danger explosives’.
Going back, we take another route into the rolling hills to the end of the road at some white slick rock water pockets. Here, we took our lunch in the shade of a Pinion tree. Now heading back to camp, we arrive. Mark and Judy are packing up as a heavy thunderstorm pelts us with rain. Didn’t appear that they were having fun packing up. Soon they were on their way with a hardy good-bye. Mike and Winnie decided to go down Red Canyon, to the Gulch Trailhead to find an Indian site along that trail. Sam rode east on his ATV to explore a location where we had seen some vehicles, suspecting some Indian sites were somewhere. He wondered around with no success. Mike and Winnie came back with some great photos of Indian sites they located.
After an eventful day, it was easy to hit the sack early. 
 
Sunday, packing and breaking camp. We are on our way, down the Burr Trail, the Gulch, the white slick rock what a beautiful drive. Boulder, turning onto SR 12 and more unbelievable scenery, Calf Creek full of people, the slickrock grade then to Escalante. Mike & Winnie’s Motorhome is a tough unit, climbing the grades with ease. Through Tropic, passing Bryce Sam turns off for Lightening Ridge, he finds his Sunset View end of road camp-site vacant and is soon set-up and relaxing in the Pines.
Many thanks to Bob Wallen, Mark & Judy Habbeshaw, Mike & Winnie Reid all I believe had a great time exploring this glorious landscape. Looking forward to return soon.
SR Smith
 
Photo slideshow link:
 
 

 

July 20,2019 ATV Club Saturday Ride 

Kaibab National Forest, North Rim, Grand Canyon
Rider machines: 17
Distance traveled: 100 Plus miles
Sunny cool morning, meeting at the Shortstop in Fredonia, AZ. Departure at 8:30 AM. Guide and leader Bain Swapp. 
From Fredonia, onto US 89A to Forest Service 22, service route. To staging area at corrals at Snake Gulch, Jump-up, and winter road to Crazy Jug viewpoint. Ride begins with a brief stop at a petroglyph/pictograph site of viewing and photos. Continuing the winter road through the tall pines to the Crazy Jug road. Arriving at the Grand Canyon overlook. A beautiful clear view we enjoy.
Returning we climb out of the ‘Crazy Jug’ Canyon taking a route back to Castle Canyon, on to Mile and a half, Three Lakes Cabin the Big Sink, crossing SR 67 and on to Jacob Lake which was bustling with tourists. We were seated at the restaurant for lunch.
After lunch, taking another route we visit the historic Jacob Lake Ranger Cabin for a look see. Continuing to the Ladder Tree, and then returning to our vehicles just before 5:00PM. A full day of riding on the Kaibab on a warm, dusty but otherwise a pleasant day. 
Many thanks to Bain Swapp as our very able leader, and Ken Kuhni and Family who traveled all the way from Provo to surprise us.
 

Riders Report. June 15, 2019 ATV Club Saturday Ride

10 OHV's 15 Riders
The weather was mild and clear, slight winds in the afternoon, some gnats but not overwhelming. The roads which were recently graded were dusty, and a side wind would be welcomed. Off the road was okay, view beautiful, weather mild.
9:00 AM staging at Seaman Wash, and departure on the Great Western Trail (GWT) southbound. As we proceeded, we find a young lady horseback, leading a packhorse, we carefully pass as she leads her horses off the roadway. Giving our regards, she informs that she is on her own, horseback cross country trek, going from Central Utah to the Kaibab of Arizona, we are impressed. Her horses and outfit were top notch, and packed tightly. We continue with our first stop at Petrified Hollow, giving the history of the Mining of the agatized Petrified Wood taken from this area. Some remnants of the colorful greenish petrified wood could be viewed in the vast colorful Bentonite deposits here. Continuing we go along the dusty track to drive to the North Great Western Trail Staging area off of US Highway 89 then after crossing the Highway to the South Great Western Trail Staging area. Down the GWT with a side trip to Eagle Sink. All new riders were impressed with this landmark. Now taking back trails we begin up to climb to higher altitudes onto Buckskin Mountain which is much more of a long wide ridge ling that gradually becomes the Kaibab Plateau. However, on the Buckskin there is a peak known as Buckskin which is around 6800 feet. This landmark was pointed out as we get on the more remote routes going up canyons. We are greeted by numerous clusters of wildflowers, red stars, bluebells, a large white flower on a noxious plant, globe mallows, yellow daises and of course, the Utah State flower the Sego Lily, (see photo). Emerging in to the open and cleared rolling grasslands, as a result of our spring rains we have beautiful views to enjoy. Navigating through this plateau area all above 6000 feet with areas covered with Pinon Pine and Junipers milder temperatures are enjoyed. We find our way back to the GWT coming off the Kaibab and go south to the switchback drop off of the Buckskin. This location requires a stop and photo of all the machines lined up with the background of the entire Grand Staircase displayed. From west to east you could see Kanab, the Pink Cliffs of Bryce, Nipple peak, Powell Point and it seems forever. White puffy clouds adorned the blue skies. We drop off down the switchbacks, stop for lunch where we could find shade. The went to the original Honeymoon Trail descending down the trail, at times a little rocky. Getting into the lower altitudes it was a little warmer, in the mid 80's. Now on the final leg we reach the graded road taking us to Pioneer Gap, and right at the last wash crossing, it is totally washed out with a 4 foot drop off. So much for the beginner ride. We had shovels, as a team we knocked down the ledge to make the scary crossing doable. The ATV leads the way, and the newer riders were offered for someone to take their machines over the obstacle. No one wanted help, and one by one ten machines made the crossing without mishap. What sports, and the ladies impressed all by doing the crossing so well.  (see photos)
Once over we go through Pioneer Gap or Navajo Wells to the Honeymoon Trail Monument were our group photo was taken.
This essentially ending the Saturday ride with a short run back to the Staging area. 
But, not for seven of the units now going on a more aggressive ride west of 8-mile Gap as lead by Mark Habbeshaw.  And, ride they did, not getting back to the staging area and vehicles until after dark. That is someone else's story for I did not go.
SR Smith
 

ATV Club Camp-out May 29 to June 2, 2019
Poverty Admin. Site, Arizona Strip
Parashant National Monument

The Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument is one of the most desolate remote wilderness areas in the Southwest and this is a place where ordinary vehicles dare to go.  There are no paved roads anywhere near this this destination, so drivers of low ground clearance cars will be out of luck.  
Just to get to the borders of the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument requires a long drive over rough dirt roads that only a high ground clearance vehicle can handle.  Two wheel drive pickup trucks and SUV vehicles can handle most of the county dirt roads, but there are places where having the four wheel drive option will guarantee that you will not get stuck way out in the middle of nowhere with no hope of rescue.  If it rains, all bets are off, because even a tough Jeep will have a difficult time slogging through the deep mud in this vast expanse.  Since there is no use beating around the bush when it comes to safety’s sake, it is best to choose a rugged 4×4 or Jeep or equipped OHV if you really want to spend some time touring the vast wide open spaces of the Grand Canyon Parashant.   
Several of the dirt roads that lead to the Grand Canyon Parashant are in the Nevada, Arizona, Utah tri-state area.  This region is called the Arizona Strip and the respective BLM offices manage this area. Four access roads to Grand Canyon Parashant start in the Gold Butte National Monument, Mesquite, St George and near the community of Cane Beds.  Each of these roads requires about an hour of rough dirt road driving just to get to the Grand Canyon Parashant boundary, so fuel supply management becomes critical.  Once inside this park, it can be well over 50 miles to the chosen destination and the return trip also has to be figured into the fuel mileage range calculation.  To be on the safe side, carrying 5 to 10 gallons of extra fuel is highly suggested if you plan on doing a Grand Canyon Parashant venture.  Carrying one or two extra spare tires is highly suggested too, because it is an awfully long hike back to civilization if the vehicle is stranded.  
Basically, the Grand Canyon Parashant is the gigantic wide dry wash ravine where the water from southwestern Utah drained into the Colorado River in ancient times.  There are several ridge lines and mountain ranges that guide the water runoff to the river way downhill in this vast dry wash that extends for over 100 miles.  Volcanic cinder cones, fault lines, eroded mesas and massive upheavals of rock strata can be seen all over this panoramic landscape, which is as pristine as can be.  The views from County Road 103 in the western end of the Grand Canyon Parashant truly are as majestic as can be, so be sure to bring a good camera along for the ride!
When traveling to the Kelly Road junction on CR 103, a visitor will pass through several mountain dry washes and a few juniper forests. Because the air is so clear in this place, the distances are deceptive and the rock outcrops in are actually much larger than they appear to be from the roadside.
For the rest of the ride to Kelly Road Junction, a visitor will definitely get acquainted with the harsh Mojave Desert terrain, which at times seems to be unending.  There occasionally is some wildlife to be seen, but most of the local creatures are nocturnal, because the summertime temperatures can be brutally hot.  Elk and deer have been known to frequent this region and coyotes wander through these parts.  Mountain lions tend to stick closer to the high ground and Desert Bighorn Sheep can be spotted here as well.  The most likely large animal to be spotted in the Grand Wash region during daylight hours is not what most naturalists would expect to see.  Wild burros from the old mining days roam this region with ease, because they are so well adapted to the rough terrain and they can go for several days without water.  The wild burros in Grand Canyon Parashant are not used to a human presence, so they will nearly always trot away to a safe distance, instead of strolling up to say hello. 
It is easy to see that the Kelly Point Road junction is an important coordinate for navigating the desolate terrain of the Grand Canyon National Park from the Parashant NM. Be sure to take plenty of time to enjoy the majestic scenery of the Grand Canyon Parashant, because this literally is a place where few others have gone before! In this vast pristine wilderness area, there certainly is plenty of room for a great escape venture like no other. ATV 4×4 and Jeep is the recommended mode of travel in this rough terrain.  
Kelly Point
The Kelly Point road (NPS1203) leads to fantastic views but is only for those with the fortitude to withstand 4-5 hours of bouncing around the cab of a vehicle. NPS1203 starts by Mt. Dellenbaugh where Mohave County Road 103 ends at the BLM/NPS boundary. (This road is closed from November to March). There are numerous flat sandy places to camp at the end of the road near the rim all with stunning views. There are no camping permits, fees, or reservations needed.
This is one of the roughest and slowest roads in the monument. It is 26 miles one way from the NPS boundary at Mt. Dellenbaugh to Kelly Point. See video link below. It is strongly recommended that only OHVs, Jeeps or similar type vehicles, light dirt bikes, take this route. There are multiple stretches of road across volcanic boulders the size of watermelons. Speeds will be between 5 and 15mph for much of the drive. Plan 4-5 hours to travel one way to Kelly Point in a Jeep. OTVs usually make it in 3-3.5 hours.
While almost all of the Parashant has no cell service, it was recently discovered that Verizon customers get service (data and voice calls) at the very end of Kelly Point. There is a Verizon tower at the Grand Canyon West Skywalk on the Hualapai Reservation. This service is not guaranteed so DO NOT count on it for rescue.
Grand Gulch Mine
As a part of our Camp-out on the Arizona Strip, after we visit Kelly Point, we’ll be going down to Grand Gulch Mine. We start from our Poverty Admin. site camp. On CR103 to ride to the south, we make the first a right turn at BLM #1071 to visit the Wayne Gardner memorial. This memorial is for a rancher who lost his life trying to get feed to his sheep during the terrible winter of 1949. We’ll continue as described below to the mine.
Going to the Grand Gulch Mine:
From St. George the drive time to the Grand Gulch Mine is about 2.5 hours one way. Most of the year the mine is accessible. The two exceptions are after a winter snow when the road can be impassible until dry, and from July - September when flash floods in upper Pigeon Canyon can wash the road out creating high cut banks. Take a shovel.
Directions:
From Interstate 15, take Exit 2 east onto the Southern Parkway (Hwy 7) toward the airport. Take Exit 3 (River Road) and turn south. Set your vehicle trip odometer to 0 where the pavement ends at the state line.
BLM Road 1069:
You have now crossed into Arizona and are on BLM Road 1069. The road is well maintained gravel. For the first 4 miles you will be on Arizona State Trust Land. At mile 4.4 you will pass the BLM Arizona Strip sign. You are now on BLM land. BLM1069 winds its way up to Quail Hill Pass. At mile 20.6 you will reach the BLM1004 junction in Wolf Hole Valley. Continue straight.
Mohave County Roads 5 and 103:
At the BLM1004 junction in Wolf Hole Valley, BLM1069 turns into CR5. Travel 18.5 miles south through the broad Main Street Valley to the turn onto CR103. Travel 25.2 miles on CR103 until you reach the right turn onto BLM1002. After a short distance BLM1002 drops into Upper Pigeon Canyon where high clearance and four wheel drive will be needed.
BLM1002 winds its way down 10.3 miles through the scenic canyon on a moderately rough road. Continue on BLM1002 past the BLM1012 junction another 4 miles to the Grand Gulch Mine historic district (map). There is a loop road around the digging area. Please note this digging area inside the loop road is private property so do not enter. The main road continues to two large dump trucks and several ruins. Do not park off the road in this area due to a large amount of metal waste that will flatten tires. You are free to explore the site and go inside the historic bunkhouse. 
In 2019 a vault toilet will be installed at the Grand Gulch Mine airstrip. This airstrip is still open to pilots.
Other Roads in the Grand Gulch Area

BLM1002 continues 2 miles north of the mine site where it meets BLM1050 and drops into Grand Gulch Canyon.
DANGER: BLM1050 is currently not passable down Grand Gulch Canyon to the Pakoon Basin due to severe dropoffs. Only professional offroad drivers with heavily modified rock crawler 4x4s may be able to navigate the dangerous dropoffs.
BLM1012 that heads south up into Snap Canyon is very rough. It is recommended for Jeeps and OHVs or modified short wheelbase 4x4s up to the Snap Point area.
Places to see on the Parashant NM
Nampaweap
This site displays messages left behind by native tribes that once inhabited Parashant National Monument. Nampaweap, meaning "foot canyon" in Paiute, is thought to have been a passageway used by the native peoples for traveling from the Grand Canyon to the higher elevation ponderosa pine forests. Thousands of petroglyphs marked into the smooth surface of basalt rock are thought to be a record of events, memories and stories of Anasazi who had once passed through this canyon.
Tassi Ranch
Fed by multiple springs, Tassi Ranch, may have been an important waypoint for Native Americans and American settlers, explorers and ranchers. By the mid 1930's the informal use of the springs led to construction of reservoirs, irrigation ditches and a house and outbuildings clustered around the spring. These historical structures illustrate how dependent ranchers and homesteaders modified the natural landscape of the desert to create sites for agriculture and settlement in a harsh and remote environment.
Waring Ranch
Horse Valley, the original headquarters of Waring Ranch, was homesteaded by Jonathan Deyo "Slim" Waring in the mid 1920's. Waring acquired even more land by purchasing others' improvements, filing for water rights and buying tracts of land containing water as they became available, gradually building up control of the grazing rights to the entire Kelly Point plateau. By the mid 1960's Waring was the largest private land owner on the Strip, owning 13,000 acres of land and holding three grazing allotment permits.
Hells Hole
Located in the Mt. Logan Wilderness, amid pinyon-juniper woodlands, Hells Hole is a naturally eroded ampitheater that displays the colorful nature of the Moenkopi Formation. Lacking a basalt cap, Hells Hole was created from erosion of the soft sandstone resulting in topography of high relief, rounded cones, steep slopes, abrupt rims, and several areas of gentle sloping terrain. 
 
UT/AZ ATV Club Guided Rides
For the Castle Country OHV Association
Emery County, Utah
 

UT/AZ ATV Club Guided Rides
For the Castle Country OHV Association
Emery County, Utah
April 12-14 2019
Camping and Staging from the Hog Canyon/Crocodile Staging area, Johnson Canyon.
 
On April 12, 2019 the UT/AZ ATV Club welcomed a planned visit from the Castle Country OHV Association from Emery County, Utah.
They had 13 large camp units which filled most of the Staging area, others stayed in Motels in Kanab. They were well satisfied with the staging area and location. 
Several of the Castle Country OHV Assn. board members were present. My contact person in setting up the guided rides was Wayne Pahl (435 609-5151).
 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 9:00 AM
Arriving early, we began to assemble the group. Todd Giesick and Lou Ann with friends from St George had come up to participate in the ride, and camping overnight, as did a couple from Hurricane who were staying in town in a Motel.
My drag was Mike Joranske who drove in from Page, AZ driving his Polaris ACE.
When assembled, we had 20 machines and a total of around 45 people not counting the kids and dogs. It had been a cold and frosty morning with the low temperature being 24 degrees. Friday, it had rained and offered snow pellets overnight. Saturday morning, although cold and frosty was clear and promised to be a beautiful day.
We did a pre ride briefing and I was informed that our guest riders were experienced and familiar with the drop system. The group was briefed on the strenuous and planned lengthy ride planned, which they had requested.
 
Starting off just after 9:00 AM, we drove to Nephi Pasture Staging area and proceeded to the large deer petroglyphs, (in such a large group turn around and parking areas must be considered), from there it was to visit Inch-Worm Arch. As the group was proceeding up the rutted trail, we had a mishap, a woman from Wellington, UT riding an older ATV, as I was later told, got high on a curve and rolled her machine injuring herself. Thanks to having our rugged radios, communications was available to get the lady into a large 4-up Rzr and bring her to the Turn-off to Inch-Worm.
We accessed her injuries and decided she should go to the Hospital. She was stabilized okay in the machine. It was coordinated for Wayne to ride her machine out and the 4-Up to transfer her back to the Staging area. Her husband who was riding the other ATV followed. Wayne was provided a map, and we agreed to meet him at our planned lunch site at the Dino Tracks Point above Seaman Wash. I took the remaining group to the Inch-Worm Arch parking area where a number of people hiked down to the Arch and photos were taken. Every stop brings forth toddlers and a multitude of dogs. The little ones loved playing in the sand and the dogs had many other dogs to exchange butt smells with.
 
From Inch-Worm we return to the Nephi track #556 a short distance to #563 up to the turn-off to Dino Tracks point. Taking the group out there got them all pumped-up with many saying how much fun the 5-mile route is. At the point we managed to get 18 large OHV’s arranged and parked and lunch was declared. Soon Wayne found us here with his 4-up and family aboard. He reported that the lady was being taken to the Kane County Hosp. to be examined. (It was later revealed that she had fractured three ribs in the rollover). After lunch, Todd Giesick led a group down the path to the Dino Tracks and over the edge to the petroglyphs and pictographs.
After the strenuous hike back to the top, when all had recovered we were on our way back to what I call three points above the Seaman Sand Hill. At this time, I recommended all go to 4X4 low for the descent of the sand hill. As I went down the track, was all rutted up and unstable. (It appears a vehicle had attempted to climb the sand hill and got stuck, as I noticed tracks where two people had walked out of Seaman Canyon)? Everyone successfully descended the hill and got through the rock narrows below, through the scenic canyon and now able to bypass the creek mud hole due to a bypass being built recently. (as done by Jan and Sam Tuesday last).
Down the Seaman wash road, across US 89 to the Honeymoon Trail monument, thru Pioneer Gap or Navajo Wells route to Buckskin Mtn. into Arizona, taking the right fork to the Winter Road #1025 we climbed the switchback’s up to Buckskin. Proceeding on to the Great Western Trail, (GWT) we are again heading north to the switchback’s off; mainly for the absolutely beautiful view from Kanab to Navajo Mtn. On we go down the GWT across the dusty flats as the group are taken to Eagle Sink. The kids are ordered to stay on the outside of the fence, our friends are marveled at this geological wonder. Back to the GWT we go, again crossing US 89 at the GWT Staging area noticing a camper at one of the staging areas. Continuing along the GWT through Petrified Hollow and to Seaman Wash. It is explained to the group there are only two ways up to the plateau between Johnson Canyon and the Buckskin/Kitchen Corrals road; Seaman Canyon and Fin Little Canyon which is damaged). Up the Canyon and the climb out on the challenging sand hill we all make it just fine. Now staying on the GWT past Neaf Spring Canyon, to the Button Cabin water line road. At the Button’s Cabin we take a break, many are running low on gas, I say you must see Pink Cove as our last stop. We are at 89 miles at this point and it is nearing 6:00 PM. On to Pink Cove we go, where we group up as much as possible for folks to have a photo opportunity. (Everyone who visits this site are very impressed especially when the sun is just right). Okay, I say we’ll take the Bain Swapp short-cut back to the Nephi road #556, (it is a puzzle to figure out the way out with the multitude of hunting routes there under the White Cliffs). We make it and count machines, we are all there, and it is a Bain/Tony fast track back over this sand trail. From Nephi Staging area, I congratulate all at arriving back at this point after 10 hours. Everyone said it was an outstanding ride and over some of the most beautiful county to be found. (How fortunate we are to have this available). I thank Mike Jaronske and Todd Giesick for their help with radio communications. 
Back at camp I am thanked by the two folks from Hurricane, they are heading home. Todd/Louann are staying overnight for tomorrows ride. 
I meet with Wayne; we had driven 105 miles in a 10-hour day. He said it was an outstanding ride and exactly what they wanted. Their Club has a dinner on Saturday nights and conduct drawings, giving away prizes purchased by the Club.
We all were invited to take part in their dinner and drawing. All I wanted for myself was a shower, dinner, and a cold Bud. I learned the next day that for many of the riders it was the same. However, for the younger riders after dark they followed the Hog Canyon trail signs and rode over to the towers overlooking Kanab and howled over the town. Oh, to be young.
As I said to many of the Castle Country OHV members; the difference between your club and our club is 35 years. Wayne said their membership is about 60 families. The dues are the same as ours, they make their extra funds through an annual Poker Run. The difference is that their members are much younger, with a few seniors mixed in. Many families who participate in their campouts. 
Our ATV Club was given a standing invitation to come to Emery County and their club would guide our club to three of the best rides on the San Rafael Swell.
 
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Hog Canyon/Crocodile Staging area
9:00 AM half day ride
 
Sunday morning is much warmer, clear with high clouds. Today we ride to the west, and we are down to 15 machines for this ride.
I ask when they want to be back to get ready to leave. “At least by 2:00 PM”
Okay, it is a go. Todd Giesick will be my drag today; we both have our rugged radios which work outstanding. 
Off we go on the Crocodile road, drop off to go by Cowboy Cave, the back way below Red Pinnacles then down below Cutler Point and the White Cliff to Brown Canyon wash. Across the wash back up Brown Canyon to the Hoodoos for a break and camera opp. Back on the trail we follow the reverse course of the 2018 Fun Run, bypass a total washout of route #103S drop down to Kanab Creek, 2 ½ foot drop into Kanab Creek still flowing bank to bank. Up pass Three Bears to Peek A Boo wash and to the parking area. Our guests really enjoyed the walk up Peek A Boo slot, despite the tours and other visitors. The sand climb-out, the route used in the Fun Run has changed and appeared much steeper than last year. Seeing that our visitors had too much air pressure in their OHV tires, that was not attempted. They were taken to Peek A Boo staging area by the conventional route. After a potty break, over to Best Friends, Crocodile and onto the Hidden Lake. Finally, past the Indian ruins. It was just past 1:30PM. I say we will fast track, (Bain’s warp one speed) back to camp down BLM #100, no drops to be made. This we did having 5 minutes to spare. Miles traveled 45.
Many of our visitors wanted to pass on the UT/AZ ATV Club their appreciation for the two rides. They loved our trails and riding opportunities and said they wanted to come back and explore more trails.
Again others offered; an invitation to come to Emery County and their club would guide our club to three of the best rides on the San Rafael Swell.
 
Many thanks to Todd Giesick for his very able assistance as our drag. And to Louann for riding her own ATV on this tough course we took. And Mike Jaronske for the photos and being a drag the first day.
 

ATV Club Saturday Ride 3-23-19

Crocodile/Hog Canyon Staging area, Johnson Canyon.
19 machines, 27 riders
10 AM departure. John Scribner is our leader, with Chris & Gail Dvorak being the drag. 
It is a cold overcast morning. All units assembled, everyone is bundled up, the temperature was in the cold 40's at our departure. It is apparent that by the numbers of attendees everyone is ready to get out and ride, despite the weather. It later proves to be a good decision. 
Climbing onto Wygaret Terrace, with the first stop at Cowboy Cave, the heavy sand is wet and there is no dust. Continuing we proceed next to the Red Pinnacles and drop off to reach the Brown Canyon Hoodoo's for a break. Leaving Brown Canyon, we continue crossing John R Flat heading south to reach the overlook of Hog Canyon Staging areas. Lunch is served as all enjoy the scenery and camaraderie. There is time for others to view the Dino Tracks located there. The weather has turned pleasant. Sun is out, the day has turned beautiful, we take the opportunity to take a group photo, thanks to Tony. Continuing along the Circle/Water Glyph trail we visit a location where you can view these mysterious flat sandstone petroglyphs. Continuing, we get to experience some trail challenges over some rock obstacles as we head back east. Other than a few mud-holes to dodge on the trails, we are heading back to our staging area. Enjoying pleasant views of the sunlit White Cliffs, and pink snow-covered cliffs of Bryce far to the north. 
Back to the muddy Crocodile/Hog staging area just after 3:00 PM with a ride just under 40 miles. All had a great ride and day. 
Many thanks to John, Chris, and Gail and our ATV Club for a great ride which will be popular for the upcoming rally. 
 
 



2018 Rider Reports

Riders Report: Whitney Pockets Camp-out
March 21 to 25, 2018
Camp site at Whitney Pockets off the Virgin Mtn. road GPS 36.524.420 114.132.680.

March 21, 2018 Wednesday, arrival, cloudy skies, mild temperatures. Camp set-up and evening campfire.
March 22, Thursday, cloudy and rain threatening. Ride to Mud Wash, to Red Rock trail head into the Red Rock forest of spires, hoodoo’s and formations. This area is also known as Devil's Fire or Hobgoblin's Playground, Little Finland is the unofficial name of a remote area.
Old road is cabled that went further into this area. After a brief hike to look for petroglyphs and a break we return to Mud Wash trail, on to the first Red Rock outcropping. High on the right is a significant petroglyph panel, with some interesting designs. It is located in an alcove along the wash. It is obvious that the rock art was crafted years earlier when the base of the ground service was much higher. We found a geographic brass marker driven into the rockface of the wall along the wash base. Also, some faint axle grease markings. We continue up the wash to take another track up to more red rock formations and indentations caused by wind erosion. Here we took our lunch at a unique camp site. Back to the wash we continue to the northeast portion of Little Finland, near Red Rock spring, and what I call the weeping rocks where moisture seeping out of a sandstone wall hosts a number of old Fan Palm trees growing along the wall. It begins to sprinkle rain as we leave, with the moisture there has been no dust. It begins to rain as we secure our rain coats as we drive into the storm. Staying warm in our ourfits we press on along the base of the Lime Ridge wilderness. Reaching the Gold Butte road it is a drag race along the 21 miles back to camp.
We arrive and start a fire, at the lower elevation conditions are warmer and dryer. The fire is soon going with snacks and treats served.

March 23, Friday. After some rain over night but warm temps we are greeted with a beautiful morning, clear skies to the West. We are on the trail early. First stop was the Devils Throat sink hole, now fence off so that you can not see into the hole. We examine all the apparent archaeology fenced off sites to surveyed. They are staked off and signed at several locations along the Gold Butte road and at Devils throat. We are on our way to Gold Butte site and first explore the actual mine, somewhat difficult to locate but accessible. Two of us went in as far as the first cave-in, Jim goes all the way to the end, looking for the quartz vein. After exploring this mine we take a two track underneath Gold Butte Mtn. and follow a trail to the south. We find a old burned out, old circa 1940 Semi-Truck trailer converted into a sort of trailer. It was once wired with doors and windows installed. It is totally rusted out and located near a rock outcropping with beautiful views of the Overton Arm of Lake Mead and to the west. The weather had cleared, and it was a pleasant day. We continue south into Cedar Basin looking for the Treasure Hawk Mine of Gold Butte legend Eddie Counsel. Now a landscape comprised of huge boulders in all shapes and forms. We locate what is believed to be the support facilities of the Radio Crystal Mine, then further south the Bonsall runway next to the corrals where he kept his homemade “Prospector” Airplane with its Volkswagen engine. We found Grapevine Spring but not the home site of the Bounsalls. Following a two-track rough route we go over the saddle between Gold Butte and Mica Peaks called the Pierson Gap, down to the eastern and a long canyon we reach the Devils Cove road as short distance from the Gold Butte road. It was mid afternoon but today was Dutch Oven cooking day. Back to we zoom, along a dustless road. Whitney Pocket camps were filling up with lots of City campers. We saw no OHV’s on any of our rides and just a few vehicles mostly along the main road. Our ride was about 80 miles.
We a fire going despite the mild temps, (it did become windy in the afternoons), we are soon cooking away our Dutch Oven dinners. Cowboy Beans, Cowboy potatoes, and a Basque Dutch Oven cobbler with ice cream. 
An enjoyable evening as the City folk zoom up and down the roads and we watch the Scouts climb all over the Sandstone rocks as if they were mountain Goats.

March 24, Saturday. Another early start, we are heading for Devils Cove and the Colorado narrows. Back down the Gold Butte Road, another glorious day of sunshine. It does get cooler as you climb from our camp, about at 2800 feet to the higher elevations around Gold Butte. We get the Devils Cove road and head south with the road being in great condition. The views are spectacular, gaining elevation into Pinions and Juniper. We climb over two passes and finally reach what is called “Hells Backbone” and enter the Leak Mead recreation area. There the road is mostly washed out and you follow the track of previous OHV’s. As the temps warm we are greeted with large field of beautiful yellow wild flowers we believe are Buttercups. At roads end within and below the high-water marks of Lake Mead there is no way to get through the narrow canyon to view Lake Mead. Actually, we saw later that the river below Devils Cove is still flowing the muddy brown of the Colorado, meaning that the Grand Cliffs basin is totally dried up. Pierce Ferry is high and dry. We were in our short sleeves where we took our lunch. Devils Cove was once a launching dock and there was a number of old trailers down there. Now all gone with time and weather. Jim had the idea that we could find a way to Mica Peak via a trail going above the Jumbo Wilderness. We took a track to the high ridge and found the climb out totally washed out and unpassable. It was at least that way for me. We took some photos of yellow fields of Buttercups and leisurely returned on the Devils Cove road. We then explored another back way towards Gold Butte finding the remains of an old home site. A break to explore and find many discarded trinkets at this old place, now just a foundation. Back to Gold Butte site, where no one was camped. Several took a side road to the Blackjack Mine and returned. Later now we head back to camp for our grilled dinners. 87 miles covered and another great day, not seeing one OHV all day.
Back at camp we got the fire going enjoyed our dinner and burned up the remaining firewood stack. Everyone to bed early like a bunch of tired puppies.

March 25, Sunday. After breakfast, it is time to break camp. Everyone busy at this task. By noon, it is time to leave and slowly go down the 20 miles of the Gold Butte road. It is a slow process, but no one had any problems, trailer tires pumped to maximum pressure made a difference. Everyone made it home and happy to get in the easy chair and rest.

Thanks to all for contributing to a great camping trip. There remain so many trails to explore at Gold Butte.


2018 Third Annual Warriors Ride.

On May 19, 2018 we celebrate Armed Forces Day to honor all of our US Veterans who have served. May 29, 2018 is Memorial Day remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.
The UT/AZ ATV Club will be honoring our member veterans and encourage members to bring a veteran to our May 17, meeting to be recognized, and enjoy a hamburger dinner with us. Moreover, on Saturday May 19, 2018 we will meet at the Hog Canyon Trail-head just off of US 89 north of Kanab for the Warriors Ride departing at 8:00 AM. Some may wish to drive their OHV from town to go on this third annual Warriors ride. We are inviting veterans as our guests. We will be meeting at 7:30 AM, and departing promptly at 8:00 AM to ride Hog Canyon, to the communications towers, then up the Mosdell to Thompson Point for a Hot Dog roast and return.  (See  below for more details)
Watch for the May 17 meeting agenda, on May 15, we will be giving a report on the Fun Run, awarding scholarships, and honoring our wonderful American Veterans. Start thinking about some side pot luck dishes to bring on May 17, Jan will be putting out an email. Thank You.

May 17th Club Meeting: 6:00 PM. Rancho’s City Park. Hamburgers and pot luck sides. Meeting Beginning at 6:00PM we will conduct a brief ceremony honoring our veterans, including our veteran members followed by the meeting and then by a hamburger cookout. (See ceremony agenda)

May 19th  2018 Club ride: “Warriors Ride”,departing at 8:00AM from Hog Canyon Trailhead.

This ride designated as our third annual “Warriors Ride” where Club Members invite and host veterans, including disabled veterans which they sponsor, and either take them in their OHV or provide an ATV for the ride. This is in lieu of ARMED FORCES Day. The Club will host the Veterans so that they are able to experience the beautiful areas that we are privileged to enjoy.


2018 ATV Club road trip

June 11 to 14 Vehicle Road Trip Itinerary
To Capital Reef NP, Henry Mountains, Tickaboo, Burr Trail, Hells Backbone road.

June 11, Monday
7:30 Breakfast at Houston’s or What is open……
8:30 Depart Kanab, 
N/B US 89, rest-stop break at restrooms north of Glendale continuing to SR 12 with a 10 Min stop at the Red Canyon Visitors Ctr. 
Turn on Tom Best road FS 117 continuing to John’s valley road, with stop of 20 minutes at the Widstoe Cemetery. 
Turn onto Escalante Canyon FS 117 to Escalante Summit. Turning on Griffin Top FS 140 climbing steeply to cross the Griffin Top alpine meadows, at an altitude of over 10,000 ft. There will be vistas to the East overlooking Escalante and the far away Henry Mtn.’s and to the west of Mt Dutton and the Hunt Creek mesas. We are crossing the Escalante Mountain range, look for Deer, Elk and Wild Turkey in the meadows. Traveling 21 miles to the Posey Lake to Bicknell FS 154 and turning left we dive across the Aquarius Plateau with more stands of Spruce, Pine and Aspen. The Aquarius Plateau is the highest timbered plateau in North America. We have plenty of time to take pictures. Look for bear off in the distance their presence has been increasing over the last several years. 
We drop off the high country into Wayne County, passing the Bicknell Bottoms Wildlife Management area, looking for to Torrey road, which goes right past the airport to Torrey. 
Overnight at the respective Motels, planned dinner time as a group at 6:30 pm, location decided by the ladies.

June 12, Tuesday
7:30 Breakfast, depart promptly at 8:30 am.
Leave Torrey via SR24 entering Capital Reef NP (Don’t forget your Park Pass). Visit the visitors center, 30 Minutes, find Fremont River Petroglyph panel. Continuing E/B at 2.6 miles after exiting Capital Reef NP turn left on the Cathedral Valley loop road. Immediately do a water crossing of the Fremont River. This is a 55-mile loop to Cathedral Valley within Capital Reef, we see south and east desert views and the historic Morrell Cabin, we will be passing Jailhouse Rock, Temples of the Sun and Temples of the Moon sites as we go down Middle Desert wash, then Cainville wash for the second Fremont river crossing. Crossing SR 24 we do our final river crossing and into the Henry Mtn.’s on the Town Wash, Bull Mtn. Trail. Depending on the time we continue S/B in the Henry Mtn.’s over the Stanton Pass Trail, RT on the Clay Point Road and finally the Shootering Canyon Trail into Tickaboo.
As I understand, the Tickaboo Lodge is the only show in town, with a restaurant and lodging. Dinner is 6:30 pm.

June 13, Wednesday
7:30 Breakfast, depart promptly at 8:30 am.
Back on the Shootering Canyon Trail to the Clay Pt. road which will take us to the Bullfrog road. N/B we reach the Notom intersection, but we take to the left to climb the infamous Burr Trail switchbacks up to the Waterpocket Fold plateau. We continue towards Boulder Town passing the Wolverine loop petrified forest loop. We will be looking for our July Camp site while here. Continuing along the Burr Trail over the Gap into Red Canyon with a short stop at the Red Canyon slot, parking permitting. Now on pavement we continue along the winding road into Boulder. Just after leaving Boulder we turn on the Hells Backbone road, crossing the new Hell’s Backbone bridge, then driving above and next to the Cliff’s which drop into the Death Hollow wilderness. We will pass the Blue Spruce Campground for a short side trip and back to the main road from Posey Lake to Escalante. Dropping off the mountain we head for Escalante, if the sun is right it will highlight the Escalante Canyons wilderness area as we drive on. Arriving in Escalante we are staying at the Prospector Inn. Dinner location will be decided during the day by the ladies, meet at the office at 6:30 pm for our dinner location.

June 14, Thursday
7:30 Breakfast, depart promptly at 8:30 am.
Return options discussed at breakfast, there are five different ways
to return to Kanab.


2018 ATV Club ride to Hatch, overnight and return.
Monday, August 6th returning Tuesday August 7th 
Staging from the Nephi Pasture staging area in Johnson Canyon. See ATV Club website: www.utazatvclub.org/for directions under “staging areas.

Departing at 7:30 AM, sharp.
Be there early. Ride Leader: Bain Swapp,
The ride to Hatch is tentatively planned via the Sand trail, to Deer Springs, up Crawford Pass or Water Canyon at the discretion of the ride leader. Ride to Monument Point, up the Paunsaugunt East Fork, Paunsaugunt Trails, up the switchbacks, there is some restrictions on OHV size. Large OHV’s or 4 ups’ may not make this trail. Continuing along the Sunset Cliffs, Rim Trail to Proctor Canyon and Hatch. 
Overnight in motel or accommodations and return the next morning departing from on front of the Mormon Church at 8:00 AM sharp, up proctor Canyon to Tropic Spring continuing via the ‘under Bryce Great Western trail, going a different route to the Crawford Pass Kiosk. We will be riding the Paunsaugunt Trail System
. Check for details on the Club Website.
Attending: 
Sam & Jan Smith, Bain Swapp, Tony Wright, Mark & Patty Kubeja, Ken Hodson


Utah/Arizona ATV Club Saturday Ride
August 18, 2018 
Panguitch, UT
Ride Report, by SR Smith

Ride leader: Joe Orman
There were a number of ATV Club member who traveled to Panguitch to go on our scheduled Saturday ride in the northern Cedar Mountain area. Although I did not make this ride due to trouble with our machine. (Later, Jan and I were able to get our machine going and we did our own ride to Bear Valley via Sandy Mountain). I know the route taken because I later rode this route the next Tuesday and guided this ride for the Bryce Rally on Thursday.
As I recall on the day of the ride there were about eight of our members that drove up from Kanab and a number of the Panguitch Rough Rides to make it about 19 machines leaving Panguitch at 9:00 AM. 
Leaving they group went up US 89 a short distance turning on to access routes to Three Mile Creek and climbing up to the southern slopes of Sandy Peak. They pass through last years fire area for a few miles. The creek was flowing clear, and after the fire damaged area the route is covered with trees and green grass. There were several steep climbs and descents and the last a long rocky descent into Bear Valley. Crossing Bear Valley another mountainous range with a rugged two track is climbed and after the saddle the descent is through a thick forested area with firs and pines and a running creek. At the bottom the route climbs again along a underground pipeline service track, and finally down to the Buckskin Canyon road. Across the valley SR 20 is reached and crossed. Now turning to east paralleling the power line the group turns down a beautiful rock front canyon proceeding to the Beaver Road. No one could identify exactly where some petroglyphs are located nor was anyone willing to go mountain goat and try to find them.
This Beaver road is well graded and a fast track up to the treeless Fremont Pass which overlooks the fertile ranchlands at the southern mouth of Circleville Canyon. Off the Fremont Pass everyone fly’s, not smiling too much for fear of eating a bug. At the bottom is a single pole power line and it’s service road is to be followed to the southwest to get access the Bear Valley RV Campground. Some steep areas, it is slow going because of some rocky tracks. Once through this track you reach SR 20 to cross just west of the intersection with US89. A stop at the campground allows folks to use the bathroom or get a treat. Once all are ready, it is off they go along the lower eastern flanks of Sandy Peak, and behind the ranches that line US89 as you head across a number of routes to the south. One interesting point of interest is when you pass a isolated cemetery which I believe is the Spry Cemetery. (There are unconfirmed reports that this is where Butch Cassidy is buried). Continuing south, crossing washes and small creeks the group continues. Soon arriving back at the Flying M restaurant at around 4:PM, traveling about 86 total miles.


Utah/Arizona ATV Club Camp-out
August 29 – 31, 2018
Kaibab NF off FS route 213.

Camp-out report, SR Smith

After many telephone calls from some saying that the Kaibab has some roads closed, or was smokey, I took the time to make inquiries with the Kaibab National forest and it was determined that our selected camping area off FS 213 was open, there were no road closures or fire alerts on the north Kaibab. Bain and I make the effort to select camping locations, in lieu of our more isolated camp spots which we prefer, because they will accommodate more camping units and are easier to get to. However, on this camp-out only three had committed via RSVP to come camping. Two others had cancelled, due to personal issues. So here is how our camp-out went.

On Aug. 28, Tuesday. Ken & Susie Hodson arrived first, Sam Smith and Bain Swapp arrived shortly later to secure the camp. Camp was just .3 of a mile off the paved Grand Canyon SR, AZ 67.
We set up a camp. There was no fire pit, so a hole was dug, Bain went out collecting rocks to line our fire pit. In the meantime, Sam was splitting the wood he had brought down from Lightning Ridge. A little later Dave Little arrived. We were all set up and now visiting for the remainder of the day. That evening our temperature was a cool 34, brrrr.

Aug. 29, Wednesday scheduled for arrivals. No one arrived so at 9:00 AM the four of us took off to go see the reconstructed cabin at Jumpup Point. Down to Castle Canyon and finally negotiating the badly washed out north route to Jumpup we arrive and explored the new facilities and the locked up cabin located there. The Cabin was reconstructed several years ago and can be rented by the night. There was no one there. However, they have an outdoor toilet that is a must to see. At this lower elevation it is now hot and time to move along. Off we go heading for Big Saddle and Crazy Jug point to the southeast, then taking some more rustic back routes along the points trails. We get back on track to camp arriving in mid afternoon after going 89 miles. When we had cell service I called Jan and she said on Thursday Deb Siebol and her friend was coming up for the Thursday ride, there was no other RSVP’s. Susie Hodson had stayed at camp and said no new arrivals.
That evening we had a nice fire and Bain made his delicious Cowboy sourdough biscuits which we enjoyed for desert.

Aug 30, Thursday, nice morning. Dave Little left early because of work commitments. Deb Siebols arrived early. At 9:00 AM no other shows, so we departed, just three units. This ride was the Trail Bosses’ option, so we went and dropped off the Kaibab to the Houserock valley, saw a large herd of Antelope down at the bottom. We continued on to Cane Ranch and checked it out as a point of interest, it remains the same. Continuing north we pass the Bean Hole Ranch and Bain speaks of the history of the murders there. Then comes the long steep climb to get back onto the Kaibab NF. All made it just fine, and as we enter the coolness of the pines we stop for lunch. The Bow Hunters are out, and we visit with one young man passing by. We take the route back through Mile and a half, lots of Bow Hunters and early arrivals of campers for the Labor Day holiday. We get to see several groups of nice Mule Deer Bucks all still in velvet. We are back at camp in the early afternoon. Visit with Deb and her friend Lisa from Boston, Mass., with her definite cute accent. They are heading out and are invited back on Friday for we are scheduled to go to Point Sublime. No commitment. 
Later Jan arrives, she says there are no calls or emails on the ATV Club email account of anyone coming for any of the day rides. Hey, we make the most of the delightful weather, as Bain fixed more of his Cowboy Sourdough rolls and Sam fixes a large pot of sausage gravy to go over them for our dinner. Several varieties of cookies for dessert. No one could eat any ice cream.

Aug. 31, Friday. Ken and Susie are up early, they are leaving. Bain and Sam are scratching their heads and say what’s up with this. 9:00 AM, ride? It’s just like it was last year, no shows for the day ride. Since Bain, Jan and I had been to Point Sublime many times we wanted to explore new areas. So off we go, Jan driving her Rzr and Sam her passenger. Jan is told that she will be the leader; she leads Bain and I away taking some back routes just above VT Park. As a result, we find routes and explore tracks to the south between the Park and Wilderness, never explored by me, but open roads nevertheless. Ending up at Saddle Mountain. We discover a beautiful location, outstanding in every way, is all I can say. After pictures and admiring the endless views, too bad for the haze, because on a clear day it will be unforgettable.
Bain finds many elderberry patches with ripe berries, we spend some time picking groups of these berries. Jan finds a back route that takes us to a breathtaking knoll, with more outstanding views in every direction. We are on the south side of the fire and see the smoldering Saddle Mountain wilderness fire. Jan now goes on a grown over track that takes us back to the original route, but she is not done exploring. On our way back, she finds a track to Marble View. Five miles out and was it worth it. The best overview of Marble Canyon and the Houserock Valley I have seen. Here at this windy point we retreat into the trees for our lunch. Nice.
Off we go, Jan is now being very adventurous and tries another track that teaches her that when the track becomes so over grown that it will soon end. Now, you have to be able to back out or turn around. Backing out for us was a no-no, the turn around was done despite almost tearing off the mud flaps. Out we go, Jan is again given her way as leader, I am just her passenger with Bain following with a big smile on his face. Up another track that dead ends at Dog Point. The only good thing is she did not go fast through all the mud bogs and water holes. Back we go, but Jan finding another route with a big mud hole, so she has to go that a way. It drops off and gets us onto the main route. We stop and say Jan you want to go the convoluted way we got here or take the fast track? Well, that was easy for Jan, after all the slow going, it is the fast track, back across AZ 67, she takes warp speed 2, maybe a little slower than Bain’s, warp 3 speed 
but exciting enough for me. Enjoying our day of explorations immensely and back at camp. Bain has a great idea. He said that some of our route would be great for a fall colors ride, and I could not agree more.

Tired, after a long 4 days of waiting for no one. I suggest we go home. No one is coming tomorrow, the ride is scheduled for Crazy Jug, we’ve already been there. I’m ready for my own bed and a long shower. Besides, we have such a short turnaround before we are heading up to Cedar Mountain in a few days, not sure anyone will even show up.
But, the good thing, we’ll have Jan there who can take us to places we didn’t even think to go to.

So, when you make the decision, it doesn’t take long to break camp. Sam had made Texas Chile and we shared it with Bain and looked forward to getting home and warm up those leftover Sour Dough biscuits and have some of that Texas Chile.

That’s all folks, such is the life of a route buster. There are many places on the Kaibab yet to be explored. Thank you, Bain for your time and commitment.

ATV Club Cedar Mountain Campout
September 5 to 8, 2018
On the Mammoth Cave Road. 

Event/Rides Report
Camp-out and Rides report for the Cedar Mountain Camp-out.
September 5 to 8, 2018

Camp location changed to FS 064, the Mammoth Cave road, just off the pavement of the Mammoth Creek road.

Attending:
Mike & Carol Jaronske
Don & Suzy Bagley
Bain Swapp
Linda Wilson
Sam & Jan Smith
Mark & Patty Kubeja
Jim Harris
Dennis & Jan From Scottsdale, AZ members of the Arizona Trail Riders Assn.
Hinz & Helen from Germany, brief visit and friends of the Bagley’s
Ken & Susie Hodson, Friday ride

Wednesday Sept. 5,
The Jaronskes’ and Bagleys’ had arrived early on Monday or Tuesday. They had found the Houston Flat site full of camp units. But, by Wednesday it was empty. That had changed camps to another location as indicated above. The camp was large enough to accommodate all of the camp units with room to spare. It was a nice location we had Deer and Antelope wondering around our camp every day. It was great until Saturday when the road got busy with tourists and city folks. We were all settled in by early afternoon and by evening had a nice fire going. Our large group gathered at the fire ring and told our stories of wonderment and adventure. We did have passing showers in the afternoons.

Thursday Sept. 6,
9:00 AM ride. We are off first to show some of the folks where Mammoth Cave is located, then to the Bowers Ridge track, to a two track ATV Trail. (Note: New signs posted in some of the restricted routes now say restricted to a maximum 72” inch vehicle width). The Bowers route had been recently graded and as a result was very dusty. Saw many Deer and one nice Buck as we covered the two-track route. As usual the routes in much of the Cedar Mtn. areas are extremely rocky to traverse. Over to the Turkey Trot loop we go. Viewing more deer and lots of campers. Bow season had started. We had a 11:30 time to meet up with the Jaronskes’ who drove over to Aunt Sue’s Chalet for lunch. After a delicious lunch we are off on the Mammoth Crk. ATV Trail #4 to Henries Knoll, we climb to the Knoll which is basically an ancient volcano Hummock, with a caldera inside. In this hummock, most of the original volcanic layers were visible and preserved during the eruption event thousands of years ago. Some lavas exposed in crater. The same andesite and basalt lavas are visible in the upper part of the crater walls in which we climbed over to reach the top. The views of the Cedar lava flows are clearly visible from the edges of the knoll. No one could hear the old volcano rumbling so we were safe to go into the center and we survived. Taking the slow cut back to camp we soon arrive ready for some R&R time and a cool drink. Interrupted on several occasions by passing but short rain storms. After our dinners, it was time for a fire and again, tales of various origin concerning a multitude of past events. In the mountains the bed buzzer almost always goes off at around 9:00 PM, and everyone hits the sack as the fire is put out. A hard day’s ride induces a restful sleep.

Friday Sept. 7, 
Crisp morn, lots of wet dew. Cool enough to start a morning fire to break the chill. Ken and Susie arrive before the 9:00 AM, our only day rider of the camp-out. The machines are getting ready, lunches are prepared. Ken reminds the guide it is after 9 and we are late. Oh well, I think that Ken would be a great Trail Boss next year. We are off to our first stop, Assay Knoll, which is another rounded Hummock with an outstanding 360-degree view of the area, the Sunset Cliffs of the Paunsaugunt all the way to the Kaibab Plateau, to the south, then to the north, Mt. Dutton and Powell Point. Off we go to the recently graded Assay Bench road, now very dusty as a result. To the Mammoth Creek / Hatch Road we go, crossing Mammoth Creek onto FS 1555 going down the road. Which is the controversial abandoned Garfield County road despite being a RS 2477 road. Entering the road from the Mammoth/Hatch road a sign is posted saying the road is a private road. No gates were closed until you apparently get to a corner of the Hatch Ranch where two new gates and fences were erected. The gates are posted ‘private road’ but not locked. About another quarter of a mile is the second gate. It was pushed open when we got there Thursday morning, in the afternoon it was closed. All gates we passed through were closed if they were that way when we got there.
From there back into the National Forest some back routes over some seriously rutted tracks we reach the Panguitch Lake to Hatch road. Down it we fly to the Panguitch Road, going to Stage Hen Hollow seeing some Antelope and one nice Buck. Dropping off the ridge to Coal Spring canyon we stop for our lunch in the shade of the pines. After lunch we climb the two track up to the top of Haycock Mountain and the Pass back to the Panguitch Lake Road. A short way down it we turn off on FS 1536, looking for FS 2069, the actual sign was altered to say 069. With some help from Bain, Sam finds the right trace to the infamous ‘Goowiggle’ dugway grade. It is a rocky descent. Now down on a good track we race through the pines up to Birch Knoll ridge passing some outstanding Lava Flows and Lava mountains that many tourists never see. Down off the ridge, we go, more seas of lava to view, more deer in the trees, back to FS 1555, through the gates all carefully closed thanks to Mark we make our way to the Mammoth Creek Road in which we fast track back to camp. 
Time to get an early fire going, break out the wieners and all the sumptuous sides to enjoy. Ken is in a hurry and grills his and Susie’s hot dogs over the fire and is gone with Susie, we sure thank Susie for her dessert. 
We get the grill set up, roasting wieners, and Mark and Patty making a Dutch Oven ‘Lave Cake’. We had cold slaw, beans, mac & cheese, all the condiments and for desert Patty’s Lave Cake, topped with Suzy’s Raspberry Fluff. We even tried Susie’s tasty Oatmeal, chocolate peanut butter squares. With some of her squares saved for our next day ride. They were soon all gone as well. Delicious all together, no matter how you look at it.

Saturday Sept. 8, 
Another beautiful morning, clear and dryer. No one shows for the 9:am ride so we take our time to get ready. Leaving we first go to the Assay Creek, lava canyon overlook. Then across the two-track trail to the Hatch road. Arriving in Hatch we went to the hamburger place on the south side of Hatch which did not open until noon, we were early. So, we go up to the Adobe Restaurant and ate a nice lunch outside. Back on the Hatch road to return to camp, we take a roundabout return route viewing the Antelope in Bowers Park below Bowers Knoll. Back at camp, many are packing up to head home. Mike & Carol and Jim Harris staying over for one more night. Being Saturday there are lots of people going down the Mammoth Cave road, and lots of OHV activity on the roads during the later hours of the day. My conclusion is for future reference: find more isolated camp sites, do our camp-outs on Cedar Mtn. mid-week for more enjoyable rides.


2018 October Fall Colors Ride Report

The ATV Club 4th annual Fall Colors rideOct. 2 to 5, 2018.

We enjoyed a great ride, had loads of fun, it was cold, it was muddy, it was not dusty. Click below to view the full ride report.
Link to Riders Report

 


2017 Riders Reports


Ride Report:
Utah/Arizona ATV Club Camp-Out (Arizona Strip)
March 22nd to 25th 2017 ATV Club camp-out: Wednesday to Saturday.
Touroweap road to Hack Canyon

Directions: From Kanab: S/B to Fredonia, from Tony’s Shortstop Store, go to turn-off go W/B on AZ SR 389, 8.9 miles to the Toroweap turnoff watch for the Toroweap signs. Left Turn onto the Toroweap road. 
From the west, after you pass Pipe Springs, several miles make a right turn on the signed Toroweap Road. 
The Toroweap road which is also named the Antelope Valley Road or Mojave County Rd. 109 at the turnoff, and later Mojave County, AZ road 109. You will see the sign saying Hack Canyon is 21 miles but, it is not correct if we are to believe the green milepost signs set for every mile. Continue south on the all-weather road for 22.9 miles to the Hack Canyon turn-off. The road is in basically good condition as of Sunday March 19, regulate your speeds at creek crossings, cattle guards and curves. There is some washboard, but mostly the road is in good condition. Expect dusty conditions, not bad, but only a few dust bowls noticed.

Once you reach the signed Hack Canyon left turn go a short distance further, to a good road angling to the right. (BLM Road 1014) The road maker is down but look for the ATV Club sign here. Staying to the right go up the slight grade through the wide canyon for .8 miles to the planned camp-site. This is on dirt, so be aware of parking if it is wet or muddy.

Precautions: Check the weather, check your vehicle tires and bring spares, the weather has predicted a 90% chance of rain on Wednesday afternoon, and 30% rain on Thursday morning. Although the Toroweap road is all weather it can become dirty and slick with rain. Otherwise thereafter the weather should be cool with night-time lows in the 30’s and daytime highs near 70. There is not cell phone service on this area of the AZ Strip. Camp GPS N 36.37.294’, W 112.51.394’. Altitude 4974’.
Attending: Bain and Arlene Swapp, Sam and Jan Smith, Mark Harreshaw, Tony Wright, Bob Aiken.

Wednesday: March 22, 2017 Arrivals and set-up.

March 23, 2017: Thursday Ride departing 9:00 AM from Camp (subject to weather) Bain took the group across the Arizona Strip on BLM Rd. 1014 to the west, the weather was threatening and cold. We then headed N/B on a better road then cut back east towards the old Esplin place. We circled that location onto adjoining road to an old rock home, with a dugout cellar in much disrepair. Continuing we went to a small mesa, found a way by parking and walking through the rock to the top and a large Anasazi site with the outlines of the pit dwellings, and the remnants of the building of a wall around this site. We thought we saw another site to explore but had to walk off the mesa butte to the road where we had parked our OHV’s. We took out lunch break here, and watched as black clouds formed and were coming our way. Time to put on raid gear and it began to first hail, then sleet, turning very cold fast. It sleeted very hard for a half an hour as we headed south going to Yellowstone, Mushroom Houses. It stopped sleeting as we readed Yellowstone mesa and found our way to the old Mushroom house. Bain, told the story of the guy who worked for Kaibab Lumber, back in the 50’s who built a clapboard house down at the bottom of this broken country full of cilica and other unusual rocks. The old home site was either torn down, or burned you now only see the foundation. Floods have taken their toll on this country, however, it remains good cattle country. After a some cold riding of nearly 60 miles we made our way back to camp through occasional storms.

Now going to Friday Ride departing at 9:00 AM to be determined by the Trail Boss due to Gramma Canyon being closed to us, (what a shame, so beautiful). Saturday ride departing 9:00 AM to AZ Strip points of interest as determined by trail boss. Some will be staying overnight and leaving Sunday.

All size OHV’s are okay for this camp-out. However, if a ride is scheduled to Tuweep or the Toroweap overlook within the Grand Canyon National Park street legal OHV’s would be required. The BLM changes the rules, arbitrarily it seems, it was once the rule on the strip that street legal OHV could ride on any roads and non-street legal OHV’s were restricted to three numbered roads. The Toroweap road was once BLM route 22, that number was not seen all the way to Hack Canyon, it is now designated as County road 109, what that means we cannot say.

Then again, we have to deal with the National Park Service who seems to make rules on OHV’s as fast as we try to learn them. It is the belief of the Utah/Arizona ATV Club that if a licensed street-legal dirt motorcycle’s (or 4X4 SUV’s) can go into the park then why can’t a licensed street-legal OHV’s do the same.

From the Toroweap Road, (Mojave road 109) side roads of interest: From SR 389, at mile 8.7 road to left. At mile 16.9 road to left BLM road 1006, at mile post 20 road to right 1068.

 


Riders Report
Escalante overnight ride June 2 and 3, 2017
ATV Club Had 13 OHV's and 19 people do this ride.

JUNE 2 to 3, 2017
ATV Club OHV Overnight Ride: Friday and Saturday, to Escalante overnight and return.
We departed promptly at 7:30 AM. Trailered the rigs to Big Water. The Day was clear and still cool and we unloaded our machines. Bain and Arlene were leading us out of our staging area and everyone was full of anticipation to get going.
The Ride: Friday: Driving down the Smokey Mtn. road from Big Water, the beauty of the morning was uplifting. We had some guest riders from Provo who had two young boys and they were fun to watch. Their excitement of the adventure was contagious. The winds were favorable and cleared the dust as we traveled east along the Smokey Mountain road. Also with us was Darrel and Kristen, members from Kanab who were sharing this adventure for the first time. This ride is a favorite of the Club. Across the northern side of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon NRA, we continue onto the Croton, Fifty Mile bench road marked Road 340. At the Croton turn to the north a strenuous and lengthy climb begins. We were suprised to find the road was recently graded, so not as difficult as in previous years. The views in all directions were spectacular and it is evident why this area is known as the burning hills. Some of the geology of the rock formation are red as if they were on fire. This ride was now at the 40 mile mark, and all is evident that it is for veteran riders due to the very steep grades, heights. The weather conditions were favorable, with scattered clouds and it was warming up. The Cedar gnats appeared when we stopped for breaks. Reaching the top of the 50 mile bench we proceded to the parking area of the Anasazi Cliff Dwelling. At the higher altitudes it remained cooler. Some Cedar gnats to bother us. I guess it depended on location. Many were slathering bug spray on themselves. Another effort to find the Indian Sites that elude us was made before we continued to Left Hand Collet Canyon. It was; as always, a beautiful ride down this narrow canyon and wash. A few riders were experiencing mechanical issues with their OHV's and they proceeded on to Escalante. The remainder of the riders were not far behind. To the Hole in the Rock road, turning at Cedar Wash it was a fast track into Escalante. Around 110 miles traveled. Folks fueled up OHV's and were soon checked into the Prospector Inn. We were all grouped close together. The weather was pleasant on the shaded side of the Motel where many of the riders gathered and visited before dinner. At 6:30 we all went to dinner. Then visited some more as some drifted off to shower and retire for the evening.
Saturday Morning: After a group breakfast at the Circle D, we start rallying at around 8:30 AM next to the parking lot of the Prospector Inn Motel. We are fueled up, got our lunch, and are ready to depart at 9:00 AM sharp. To the turn off to the Smokey Mountain Road, #300. We enter a colorful canyonlands, passing the turn-off to Death Ridge. The road is fast paced with stops to look at a few Anasazi granaries. Once we reach Smokey Mountain it becomes rougher and rockier. The Cedar gnats were particulary bad as it seems to be much warmer. Out on the mesa we pass ‘Heads of the Creeks’ road and Pilot Knoll. Soon we will pass a turn off to the namesake of Smokey Mtn. the coal seam holes which the very pungent smoke of these ancient fires exit the earth. We reach the Kelly Grade, such a dugway which defies imagination. Once down this 8-mile grade we are back to the long and usually hot ride back to Big Water, and our staging area via the previous day’s route in reverse. Reaching our staging area Joe Orman said it was 103 degrees there. It did not take long for everyone to load up and get going with the A/C on full and head home. It was a fun experience, maybe however, we should plan it a little earlier in the year. What you think?

Ride Description: Upon leaving Big Water on the Smokey Mtn. Road, we will be heading NE, the scenery becomes immediately outstanding with views across Lake Powell, Navajo Mountain to the south into Arizona. We continue below the stark cliffs, gray clays and gold sandstone with unusual beauty used as the background in numerous movies. Turning off the Smokey Mtn. road we go onto the Croton Road #340 going towards 50 Mile Mtn. After a long ride, we reach the turn off to the north. The long climb up the Croton Road begins and goes through some of Utah’s most interesting geological areas, called the burning hills. On top, (50 Mile Mountain) we will stop at a Cliff House Anasazi pueblo before dropping off into Left Hand Collet Canyon. Taking this route out to the Hole in the Rock road and turning north towards Escalante. The ride along the Hole in the Rock road is fast paced. Look for Devils Garden to the left. Watch the traffic of the tourists along this stretch. We soon reach the Cedar Wash road taking it to Escalante, passing Cedar Wash Arch and Covered Wagon Natural Arch.
Upon reaching Escalante, fuel up your OHV, buy your snacks, there is a Subway there in Escalante at the Phillips 66 Station. The group usually goes to dinner at 6:30PM driving our OHV’s to the Cowboy Blues up the street from the Prospector Inn. (There was once a restaurant at the Prospector Inn, closed last year). Just across the street is the Circle D Eatery which is also a nice restaurant where we generally eat our breakfast.


July 26 to 29, Lighting Ridge Camp-out
Thursday, we did a ride down Limekiln Canyon to Panguitch for our lunch, returning via Casto Canyon, (this is always a beautiful ride) the larger OHV’s returned via Limekiln Canyon due to size. Another great ride, and beautiful day.
Friday, we rode the Paunsaugunt Rim OHV Trail all the way to Straight and Robinson Canyon. Lot’s of views to see we returned via the fast track on the East Fork Road.
Saturday, no one showed for the ride, so the Aikens and Smiths went on a road trip across Griffen Top to Posey Lake, the down the Hell’s Backbone road across the Bridge to Boulder. Taking scenic SR 12 across the Hogback to Escalante with a visit to the Hole in the Rock Monument. Then back to camp.


 2017 ATV Club ride to Hatch, overnight and return. 
Friday August 11th returning Saturday August 12th 

Staging from the Nephi Pasture staging area in Johnson Canyon. See ATV Club website: www.utazatvclub.org/  for directions to the Nephi Pasture Staging area.
Departing at 7:30 AM, sharp.
Ride Leader: Bain Swapp,

The ride to Hatch is tentatively planned via the Sand trail, to Deer Springs, up Crawford Pass or Pipeline Canyon at the discretion of the ride leader. Ride to Monument Point, continuing along the Paunsaugunt Trail, climbing up the switchbacks. Note: (Be aware that there are some restrictions on OHV size. Large OHV’s or 4 ups’ may not make the switchbacks on this portion of the trail this trail).
Continuing along the Sunset Cliffs, Rim Trail to Proctor Canyon then down Proctor Canyon to Hatch. (Remember to gas up and get lunch for Saturday).
Overnight in motel or accommodations, and return the next morning departing from the Adobe Café at 8:00 AM sharp. Be finished with your breakfast and be gassed up and ready to go.
Returning up Proctor Canyon to Tropic Spring continuing via the ‘under Bryce Great Western trail, going a different route to the Crawford Pass Kiosk. We will be riding the Paunsaugunt Trail System. Down Crawford Pass to Deer Springs Ranch, taking an alternate route back to our Nephi Pasture staging area.
These are two long rides, so bring lots of water, sun block, camera and extra gas, money for food and gas and lunches. Dry warm weather predicted, but be prepared for thunderstorms.


Cedar Mountain, Autumn rides.

Dates: Friday, September 8, to Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Cedar Mountain, all rides start from our Houston Flat camp at the designated time so get there early for the scheduled rides. Since there was no RSVP for our camp-out, there will be the following Day Rides. It was noted that there have been some fall color changes to the trees, moreover we often see lots of Deer and Antelope and if lucky Elk on our rides.

Day Rides offered

Friday, September 8, 2017.
10:30 AM Ride: No one RSVP to this camp-out, however we offered day rides, even at that no one showed. No problem, this allowed Bain Swapp and Sam Smith to become re-acquainted Sheep experts all over again. There were 2600 sheep, as we were told, being grazed up there. It might be hard to believe but watching flocks of sheep can actually be entertaining. The weather was a little rainy, but it was pleasant. We had lots of time to solve the problems of the world. They moved out the sheep that evening and it was a sight to see those Border Collies at work, and the Basque herders rounding and moving them to another meadow.

Saturday, 9:00 AM Departure from camp.
Bain and Sam took off in that morn after no one showed, again, and started for Asay Bench. Then the rains came and got us a little wet, but we did not melt. Guess that was why the Town folk did not show for fear of a little water. We dried out, and that afternoon went back out and toured the newly graded roads on Asay Bench to the East overlook then retuning back to camp for an afternoon campfire and more intellectual conversation.
Sunday, September 10, 2017.
9:00 AM Departure from camp.

Mark and Judy Habbeshaw who had actually RSVP attending showed before 9:00 AM. The four of us took off in the brisk cool mountain air. First to visit Asay Knoll for a panoramic view in most directions. Across Asay Bench to the North fork of Asay Creek canyon and on to the Hatch Road. Across Mammoth Creek to the trail along the north side of Hatch Mountain. Now on BLM lands and onto Panguitch Bench, (we negotiated a tricky washed out area), to continue to the Haycock Mountain two track, two-track climbing to the top, stopping for lunch in a Aspen Meadow. Dropping off Haycock Mtn. we have view of the Brian Head Fire result as we return to the Hatch road just off SR 143. Then navigating to Pass Creek OHV Trails via the ‘Goowiggle, and the steep rocky grade down to Rock Canyon, we divert to visit Aunt Annie’s Cheese House for a look see. Returning we climb up to Birch Knoll, we passed by the impressive giant lava flows down off the mountain and back to the Mammoth creek valley to the Mammoth Creek Road, then finding our way back to camp via a different route.

Several moderately difficult climbs were experienced on our 72-mile ride. We had the opportunity to see lots of wildlife up close, lots of deer and some nice Buck Antelope. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, it was a great day enjoyed by all.


UT/AZ ATV Club 4-Day, 3-Night (Fall Colors) OHV Ride October 10 to 13, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Meet and depart at 7:30AM from Nephi Pasture staging area in Johnson Canyon, trailer OHV’S to Deer Springs Ranch, 9:30 AM (approximately) departure for OHV travel to Escalante Utah via Skutumpah Rd. and Cottonwood Rd. Turn to Grosvenor’s Triple Arch, Death Ridge, Alvey Wash, (Smokey Mtn. Road) to Escalante. 
Prospector Inn, Escalante: phone (435 826-4653).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Departure from Escalante, after breakfast at the Prospector Inn at 8:00 AM, travel to Circleville. We will be riding up Escalante Canyon, past Posy Lake to Griffin Top turnoff, continuing to the Clayton Kiosk, and going on the Poison Creek OHV Trail, (this is a most difficult section) dropping off the Mountain to Antimony. Time permitting lunch in Antimony RV Park burger place. Note: Everyone should gas up in Antinomy. Not sure of gas services in Circleville.
Leaving Antimony climbing up the north face of Mt. Dutton, to the Rocky Ford OHV Trail, (also rated Most Difficult) continuing down to the Paiute Trail and into Circleville. All units fueled and ready if gas is available.
Butch Cassidy Hideout Motel & Cafe, Circleville(435 577-2008Rooms available at $76.29 including tax.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017, Departure from Circleville, Butch Cassidy Motel at 8:30AM, travel to Panguitch. Depart on the Fremont OHV Trail via Smith Canyon to Sanford Canyon and Creek climbing back to the Aspens under Adams Head (10,426’) onto Sand Wash Bench continuing to Lime Kiln Canyon and dropping off to reach Panguitch. All units fueled and ready for next day.
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Friday, October 13, 2017, Departure from Panguitch Flying M Restaurant at 8:30 AM. All units fueled and ready. Departing Panguitch, we will go up to Sage Hen Hollow, Haycock Mtn. Pass Creek to Cameron Throughs, Rock Canyon, Birch Mtn. to the Hatch Road, continuing to Hatch, time permitting, Lunch. (Fuel up machines if necessary) Continuing up Proctor Canyon, to under Bryce Paunsaugunt Trail, Dairy Hollow OHV Trail, through the Aspens on Sieler Creek to below the Pink Cliffs and Pipeline Canyon dropping off to Meadow Canyon and our Vehicle Trailers.