: Ouray Colorado / SE Utah Labor Day Weekend


thenexus
09-03-2008, 10:43 AM
Teaser - 500+ photo's to sort though but this will do for now.

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Tred
09-03-2008, 03:41 PM
NICE! I need to get out more!

thenexus
09-03-2008, 05:27 PM
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
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Owl Creek:
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Friday-Day 2: Engineers Pass / Nellie Creek / Carson Townsite / Cinammon Pass / Animas Fork / North Fork Cutoff
Engineers Pass
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)?
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Nellie Creek
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Caron Townsite (continue up the trail to the contintenial divide)
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Cinammon Pass
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Can you spot the cabin
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Animas Pass (the interior photo's came out kind of creepie like)
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Saturday-Day 3: Black Bear Pass (ran w/ a group from IH8Mud) and Imogene / Yankee Boy Basin
Black Bear
Partial Group Shot (12 LC, a Tacoma and Me)
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Opps!
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Imogene
Black Bear pass trail
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Sunday-Day 4: Hoveenweep / Lowry Ruins / backway to Blanding Utah (a night in a hotel was needed)
Hoveenweep Area
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Lowry Ruins
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Backway to Blanding
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Blanding, Utah backway
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Creek Crossing fun
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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)
Exploration
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Natural Bridges
Sipapu Bridge
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Trail Down
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Horsecollar Ruin
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Kachina Bridge
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Two-way waterflow
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Owachomo Bridge
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Muley Point/Moki Dugway/Goosenecks/Valley of the Gods
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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:
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JJackson
09-03-2008, 08:01 PM
T, let me know when you go back, I know a couple of people that would like to explore those areas more as well.

Tred
09-03-2008, 09:18 PM
Me Me!

JJackson
09-03-2008, 11:41 PM
I am sure Greck would be in as well.

motochain
09-04-2008, 12:41 AM
I'm on the list.

BOVADS
09-04-2008, 11:05 AM
nice pics
this was the first year in a long time that i didnt go to colo to run some passes:( . i always ran into schedule conflicts. i think after this year im done racing

Kaistie
09-04-2008, 11:24 AM
I am in too for the next trip. Taking the 06 though.

BuckeyeT
09-04-2008, 01:27 PM
Nice trip... these longer exploration runs are my favorite. You actually went to a lot of the stuff I did on my San Juan trip, like Hovenweep, Lowry, Goosenecks, Valley of the Gods, etc.

I also went through Monument Valley on this trip since I hadn't been through the tribal park, but I have been to Natural Bridges Nat Mon... good choice.

thenexus
09-05-2008, 10:11 PM
Nice trip... these longer exploration runs are my favorite. You actually went to a lot of the stuff I did on my San Juan trip, like Hovenweep, Lowry, Goosenecks, Valley of the Gods, etc.

I also went through Monument Valley on this trip since I hadn't been through the tribal park, but I have been to Natural Bridges Nat Mon... good choice.

Ya, I was pleased with the trip which was around 1900 miles after I filled my last tank. I would've hit up monument valley but I wanted to get back home to my own bed. Differently worth the time and money. I about melted when I got out of 4runner in Peoria on the way back. I got use to the 70 degree weather.

Next year, I probable be heading back to Ouray and run some of the other trails I didn't get to this time or I'll be running though the Peavine Corridor between Blanding and Moab (going up a switchback in reverse sounds like fun.:D )

thenexus
09-05-2008, 11:57 PM
Just pulled these off my cell phone:

Jeep at the KOA campground in Ouray:
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Right behind Gouldings campground in Monumnet Valley:
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Spinnas
09-05-2008, 11:59 PM
Very cool. So this was a 5-day trip of actual exploring? Think 7-8 days would be a relaxing pace?