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Apr 21, 2018 - Leprechaun Slot Canyon Trail

Happy Evening Everyone! I guess you noticed that I did not post yesterday. We left Moab and only went about 2 hours away to a little town called Hanksville. Not much to Hanksville, but a hub for Capital Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Park. The campground is called Slickrock RV park and we figured out they call it that because all the rock in this area is slick. The campground is just behind Duke's restaurant and I believe the best food we have had since we left. Sam had to have his pic taken with The Duke. Someone gave us a...

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May 14, 2016 - Hanksville, Utah

The Green River KOA offered a free continental breakfast and coffee bar. It was very good. They had different varieties of large and small muffins, donut holes, pastries, mini brownies, cinnamon buns, and hard boiled eggs. They had Keurig coffee with numerous flavors from which to choose. After that, we were off to Hanksville, which is only an hour or so away, and less than an hour to tomorrow's adventure. We traveled I-70 and then county road 24 (65 mph) and there was little traffic. Mostly it was campers with a few cars and no tractor...

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Oct 21, 2014 - Bicentennial Scenic Byway

Today, we drove back north to Hanksville via Highway 95, also known as the Bicentennial Highway. We did a little of this drive the day we went to Natural Bridges NM so we were prepared for the grades and curves at the southern end. We were just south of Natural Bridges and as we rounded a sharp curve, there was a deer standing right in the middle of the road, I kid you not. Luckily, we were going uphill so it was easy to slow down to let him run off to the safety of the trees. We stopped for a break at Glen Canyon Rec. Area where the...

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Summer 2014 & Beyond

Sep 15, 2013 - Temple mtn

We got a few supplies in Hanksville at the one store there and headed north towards Goblin Valley state park. There was a road outside of GV that lead towards Temple mt where we had read there were petroglyphs. About a mile up there was a beautiful panel and we camped right under it. It had had a few places fall off but was a great Fremont panel. The next morning we hiked up a trail but didn't see anything. We drove on toward Green River and saw an alcove that we figured we had to go see. We hiked about 2 miles up and found the most awesome...

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Jul 29, 2010 - Escalante and Capitol Reef National Park

As we pulled out of Bryce- Kathryn holding her blankie crying to stay...we headed out for a 5 hour drive to our next stop - Whispering Sands Motel in Hanksville, Utah. Travel Planner Pop described this stretch of drive as "one of the most spectacular sight seeing drives we will encounter". Logan watched Lion King two and a half times as Kathryn dreamed of Bryce as she snoozed away. Only kidding- it was a beautiful drive. The perk was that we did spot Pride Rock from the Lion King along the way!!! Logan was thrilled! We passed clay rock...

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Apr 7, 2010 - Little Grand Canyon of Utah

OVER THE SAN RAFAEL SWELL TO THE WEDGE, PART OF LITTLE GRAND CANYON OF UTAH: We take Highway 24 to interstate 70 and head back west, across the San Rafael Swell, a convex-upward fold (about 75 miles long and 30 miles wide, similar to the Waterpocket Fold except that its sides are not symmetric so it is known as an anticline in contrast to the monocline of the Waterfold). The anticline probably upwarped about 60-65 million years ago about the same time as the Waterpocket Fold (perhaps when the North American plate and the precursor to the...

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Apr 6, 2010 - Goblin Valley State Park

TORREY TO GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK ON AN ICY MORNING: We dawdle a bit Tuesday morning, waiting for the snow to melt some on the roads. When we pull in the slide-out, we are surprised to find ice crackling along the outer wall, piling in behind the driver’s seat. The ice is only on this one side, obviously reflecting the direction of the strong wind. A bit of scraping with our dustpan/broom combination allows us to toss most of the ice out the door; the rest we absorb with a towel—another lesson learned. We drive back through historic Fruita...

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Sep 27, 2009 - Blanding to Hanksville

We departed Blanding early Saturday, Sept 26th going west on SR 95. We had three possibilities and a fall back campground for our next stop. Our primary interest was a location that would permit us to visit Goblin Valley State Park and revisit Cathedral Valley in the northeast part of Capitol Reef National Park. The first choice was the Red Rock RV Park in Hanksville. It was listed in Utah Tourist literature as a full service campground with wi-fi internet. The location was ideal but we were uncertain of the campground quality. The second...

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Pacific Coast 2009

May 7, 2008 - On the Way to Capitol Reef

The drive out of Cedar Mesa continuing on Scenic Byway 95 through the Glen Canyon National Recreational area and crossing over the Colorado River was quite spectacular. Again, we encountered low water levels which closed the Hite Marina which is not far from Natural Bridges National Monument. More abandoned picnic and camping areas along what is suppose to be the waters edge. Luckily for boating enthusiasts, another marina named Halls Landing was not impacted and is still open. We arrived in the very small town of Hanksville (population...

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Sep 24, 2006 - Capitol Reef Utah

After leaving Troy, ID we went to Salmon, ID and say Susan, Doug, and little KayLee Jane. We then met up with friends, Dave and Carol, and headed South. We visited Flamining Gorge, WY/UT, then continued on through Escalante National Monument, to Capital Reef where we enjoyed hiking and seeing the fall scenery.

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Morfin Adventures

Dec 2, 2005 - Southeastern Utah

I spent the last three nights in the wilds of southeastern Utah. One in the Needles area of Canyonlands, one in the Islands in the Sky area of Canyonlands and last night in Capitol Reef NP. I had the campgrounds to myself all three nights. This morning in Capitol Reef it was 9 degrees. My furnace had drained my coach batteries but I started the Bigfoot which allowed me to start the generator. I made a short stop at Bryce Canyon NP but they had about 6 inches of snow in the campground so I headed for Cedar City, Utah. I couldn't go through...

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