Eastern UT and western CO suggestions

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  1. Hypermofo

    Hypermofo Been here awhile

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    So I have 4 or 5 free days this coming weekend and week and I'm thinking about doing a loop from Denver to explore eastern UT and/or western CO.

    However this will be a family truck camping trip with dirt bikes in tow for some riding along the way. To meet everyone's interest it's not solely a dirt bike trip and I want to work in sightseeing, some hiking and camping,

    Anyone have suggestions for routes, sites, hikes, camps, and areas to explore where I can get in some of everything? I'm thinking of sticking to mostly eastern UT to save driving time and I'm looking for something other than Moab that is more off the beaten path. Some slot canyon hikes would be very cool. Also thinking about momtrose area and hitting peach valley but I'm also concerned about the early season snow...

    Any suggestions would be welcome!
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  2. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    Yampa Bench rd if you want sight seeing, Blue MTn over look after that. Some good dirtbiking 20 miles west of Maybell in sandwash.
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  3. enduro-ince

    enduro-ince dirtslave

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    peach will be prime! check out the black canyon while you are in the neighborhood. theres also good riding west of peach out at dry creek.
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  4. Thunder_Jay

    Thunder_Jay Here and There

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    Black Canyon is definitely a sight to be seen. But I'm a rock climber so my hands get sweaty and I start drooling slwhen I see big rock faces.

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  5. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    I always enjoy Butler Wash/Comb Ridge area. West of Blanding, south of the Abajoes. Good hiking to ruins, good riding, secluded.
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  6. enduro-ince

    enduro-ince dirtslave

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    Done any routes in there yet? I've been itching to get back into some big walls and that place definitely delivers. Probably a lot cleaner routes now than back when I was climbing there. Climbing traffic increased a shit ton when the guidebook came out. Plus a bunch of new routes!
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  7. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Well, climb Painted Rock wall and take some close up picture of the wall and the river below, with a few 18 inch brown trout in it. The article below calls it one of the best climbing routes
    https://www.climbing.com/people/read-this-benighted-in-the-black-canyon/
    But they had to spend the night on the wall because of route mistakes
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    Not me below, from the web, and similar to the trout we caught below Painted Rock (but no climbs!!)
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    I am not a rock climber, only a hiker and fisherman, but if I was into such I would really like the Black Canyon and here is the book I would start out with:
    https://fortheloveofclimbing.com/2017/01/10/gear-review-the-new-black-canyon-guidebook/
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  8. Thunder_Jay

    Thunder_Jay Here and There

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    My wife and I hiked most of the way down Oh My God Gulley to climb Kathryn's Route but it was late in the day and she wasn't feeling good about it so we didn't get to climb at all. Someday we will head back and spend a few days there.

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  9. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Couldn't find where OMGG is, but really impressed with all the climbs in the area and the climbers/writers. The web site below and the book I cited above are really fun to read, even if you are like me and not going to climb the walls:
    https://www.mountainproject.com/v/black-canyon-of-the-gunnison/105744397
    And if you want to know the geology of the canyon area, this old report by Wallace Hansen, USGS, is about as good as it gets
    https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/1191/report.pdf
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  10. jwrover

    jwrover Been here awhile

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    Check out the Gateway-Paradox to La Sal area. Rimroker Trail etc
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  11. Hypermofo

    Hypermofo Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the awesome replies! Some great suggestions! Im working up a rough route... going o keep it flexible.
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  12. enduro-ince

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    i think its SOB gully he might be referring to. luckily I've never had to hike up on those. Its a huge motivator to find your route and climb it efficiently knowing if you don't you'll be slogging back up one of those gullies.

    found an old pic from back in the day, brings back some great memories. This was on Comic relief or escape artist, can't remember which.
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  13. Thunder_Jay

    Thunder_Jay Here and There

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    As enduro-nice corrected me, it's SOB gully. Some exclamation/explative anywho.

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    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Well, whatever the name, looks like from enduro's pic you get a great view of Painted Rock Wall. Oops, I guess his pic was not on SOB.
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    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    North Face climber looking at Painted Rock
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