Moab Campground questions

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  1. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Hey, I'm heading for Moab next week and will be staying in a campground. Four of us in one pickup, with a 12' enclosed trailer and one tent.

    We're going to be riding trails for 3 days. 2 guys 2 girls. We want to do fairly easy and scenic routes. I'm studying up on trails that will fit us. All rides to come back to camp same day.

    There are campgrounds along the highway north and south of town. For easy access (one of the bikes is not really plated) from campground to trails, should we look to stay north or south of town?

    Been through Moab just once in a car, so not very familiar with the area.

    Thanks for any insight.

    SR
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  2. modette

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    I know you said one bike not plated...but close to SlickRock area, nice bathrooms. It's where I have stayed 6 times maybe. Get a spot along the creek, you then can have the creek view, its a little more green, plus shading from the trees for tents. Place is pretty CHEAP, rent two spots and spread out.

    http://www.packcreekcampground.com/parkmap.html
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  3. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    I'd go north, lots to ride up that way and all you need to do to access it is cross one or two paved roads.

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  4. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    Slickrock Campground would probably be fine. I was there two weeks ago to do some 4 wheeling in the Jeep... Seemed like there were quite a few bikes running around without plates. I think if only one bike isn't plated, put him/her in the middle of the group to kind of camouflage the fact the bike isn't plated.

    Hit fins n' things. It's the quintessential Moab trail. It will get you into the mindset of the obstacles, traction, and angles you'll be dealing with while you're out there.

    BLM land is all good.

    The national parks require plates for the trails within them. So if you're planning on riding to eye of the whale or tower arch or go down south to the needles to run elephant hill to hike to the convergence of the Colorado and Green rivers that one bike will be out of luck..

    Have fun, take extra water, and be safe.
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  5. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer

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    Just another suggestion...not sure what type of riding your looking for.

    Head out towards (west out of Moab, south of the Colorado River) Hurrah Pass - lots of stellar, newish CG's (near the LB turnoff), and ride right out of camp - mostly two track though. Lockhart Basin. It's worth the short drive out, just to have a look even if you don't camp/ride.
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  6. OHDRTRDR

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    The link below has good info on Moab trails.

    http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/518789-moab-info-look-here-1st-before-you-post/

    Latitude 40 makes great trail maps. It's too late to buy them on-line, but you can also find them at many shops in Moab.

    For an unplated bike, I would say the best campground is Archview about 10 miles of town. There are trails around it that head in almost any direction. All other campgrounds require riding at least some paved roads to get to the trails.

    Small world. A few of us will be towing our bikes from Ohio to stay next week at Archview. Maybe we'll see you there.
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  7. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    The Archview on the North end accesses the Sovereign/Saltwash single tracks and the Sovereign ATV loop from the parking lot (plus gas and general store) You can also hit Klondike Bluffs farther north. You can cross the highway and hit Metal Masher, Gemini Bridges, Monitor/Merrimac and if you have maps, you can find your way to Gold Bar/Gold Spike/Poison Spider

    Camping at Sand Flats, gains you access to Slick Rock, Hells Revenge, Fins-n-Things, and Porcupine rim
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  8. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Well after reading a bunch of reviews and talking to a few campgrounds, I made reservations at the Portal north of town. Got the last spot, some events around town that weekend had everything filling up, couple of others I called had no room.
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    Pica Hudsonia Super-dupergenius

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    I wouldn't worry too much about getting from campground to trail on the non-plated bike. The local law enforcement in that town is pretty lenient, as long as you're not being obnoxious. Is it a four stroke with mild exhaust? Shouldn't be a problem. Two-smokers and loud mufflers might attract too much attention, and so does recklessness on the street. Don't speed down mainstreet (they enforce speed limits), keep both wheels on the ground 'til after the pavement ends, and you should be fine.
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  10. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    They are not lenient on marijuana or drinking laws however.

    You'll go to jail for possession, and I guess they look very closely for DUI's and it's not a big town, and there's one way in, one way out, one main street.

    Idk where you're from but you'll wanna bring a bunch of beer from home unless you have liquor laws like Utah where you live as well.

    If I had to do my trip 2 weeks ago over, I'd have bought a couple of cases of real beer before I crossed the border.

    Liquor stores close at like 7, too.. Unless it's "the season" then it's 9..

    When I was there it was 7, and by the time I was ready to drink the liquor store was closed and we had to go to a bar to get a buzz on..
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  11. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Non plated bike will be an old XR200 thumper with quiet exhaust, has lights and probably will have one of my old license plates stuck to it to look good. Other 3 bikes plated and legal so I'm not too worried.

    And we'll be packing all our drinks with us, don't want to have to deal with Utah goofery on that end.
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  12. MTDuke

    MTDuke Been here awhile

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    Shady,

    Looks like you have plans for camping.

    We were down there over spring break, heading out of Bozone. What a great trip. Although on day 1 I had a get off on fins and things and tore my ACL and various other fibrous bits in my knee.

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    Try not to do that on day one if you can help it. It worked out though, day 2 I rode my wifes bike and could manage on pills and sitting way back on the seat to shift. Same day 3....day 4 I could ride mine but my brother had to kick it over for me....same day 5. Finally I used it into submission and the rest of the trip was fine.

    Had to rest sometimes tho

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    Our favorite trail was Kane Creek by far but also had fun on the Top of the World, Gemeni Bridge, Chicken Corners, and lots of riding out on Sand Flats.

    Best camping for us was hauling out of town on Kane Creek Road all the way out to where Kane Creek splits off to Chicken Corners. Few people, kids could ride without any BS, we felt more like we were home in MT. I highly recommend it and we had quite a large rig and got back there fine.

    We will be back many more times, great fun. +1 on bringing your own beer/likker! Some random pics.....

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