Ouray, Colorado and SE Utah Trip Report -
After seeing multiple trip reports of the Ouray, Colorado I decided it was time for me to go and escape the heat of Yuma, Arizona for a few days. Original, I had planned to though the Peavine Corridor between Blanding and Monticello, Utah but fiqured this was a better idea.
Weather was great, got a little rain and it was nice and cool the whole the trip. A little breeze at night though.
Thrusday-Day 1: Drove to Colorado / checked into the KOA / ran a portion of Owl Creek Trail
Friday-Day 2: Engineers Pass / Nellie Creek / Carson Townsite / Cinammon Pass / Animas Fork / North Fork Cutoff
Brown Bear, I wonder if that is a good sign for the day (crappie photo, I zoomed in didn't want to get to close)?
Caron Townsite (continue up the trail to the contintenial divide)
Can you spot the cabin
Animas Pass (the interior photo's came out kind of creepie like)
Saturday-Day 3: Black Bear Pass (ran w/ a group from IH8Mud) and Imogene / Yankee Boy Basin
Partial Group Shot (12 LC, a Tacoma and Me)
Black Bear pass trail
Sunday-Day 4: Hoveenweep / Lowry Ruins / backway to Blanding Utah (a night in a hotel was needed)
Backway to Blanding
Blanding, Utah backway
Creek Crossing fun
Monday-Day 5: Explored some of Elk Ridge Area / Natural Bridges Monument / Muley Point and Mokee Dugway / Valley of the Gods (camp at Gouldings Campground - good site to stay at)
Muley Point/Moki Dugway/Goosenecks/Valley of the Gods
Be careful though the Vally of the Gods unless you feel like jumping your vehicle in a few locations (I about did). Would be fun though in a rally car.
Tuesday-Day 6: Returned to Yuma, Az
Estimated Total Mileage not including last tank: 1814.7
Best MPG: 26.2 (Ouray to Montezuma Creek, got to love going downhill)
Worst MPG: 8.45 (Black Bear and Imogene, in low range a good portion of the time)
Avg. MPG: 18.85
No major drama happened on this trip unless you count one landcruiser tipping over and about losing another one on a hairpin turn on Black Bear (4wd and powersteering went out, no photo trying to help out and it didn't seem right to take photos). Things to fix on my 4runner after this trip the exhaust - sounded like it was going to fall off and put the bud built skids back on. The stock ones were banging around like mad.
The time spent wasn't long enough there is so much to explore and to do in those areas. Another trip will be in the works to continue the journey though these areas. This trip was will worth the cost and time involved and I'd recommend it to anyone.
The rest of the photo's can be found here: