Moab to Goblin Valley (Hanksville)

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  1. bike_pilot

    bike_pilot Been here awhile

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    Anyone done this and/or have tracks for this ride? Sounds like Green River can only be crossed in the City of Green River or Hite (Lake Powell). Green River runs into the Colorado River by the time it gets to Hite. Just wondering if there is anything fresh out there. I may make a loop out of it and cross in both places.:wink: I'd like to keep it off road as much as possible.
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  2. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I sort of know some routes down south. Maybe Lockhardt basin out of Moab then over to some dirt roads that go down near Monticello. There are a dirt roads out of Blanding (Elk Mountain and Wooden Shoe) over to HIte. Then you can go into Canyonlands Maze area then up the Flint Trail and then a long scenically boring sandy road over to Hanksville.

    I have never been to Goblin Valley itself.

    I have posted tracks for much of this for several different rides on GPSXchange and DualSportMaps.com

    DualSportMaps is easy and fun to use. You just draw a rectangle around the area you are interested in and the program will print and show a list of all the tracks that cross thru that rectangle.
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  3. boney

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    I've ridden in Canyonlands west of the River(s). I've attached the tracks. Two things to be aware of. First, you're supposed to pack everything in and out. By everything, they mean everything. So bring one of those river-rafting-poop-bag things if you're gonna poop. Next, you'll need reservations to stay within certain areas, so if'n you're gonna camp- plan ahead. If you go out to the Maze district, plan on spending a lot of time out there. It's slow and technical on a big bike.

    This track starts/ends across the street from Goblin Valley. Just south of it is a 4wd road that will take you in also. Over by the Hans Flat ranger station you'll find some dirt roads that will take you right up to Green River. I've never ridden any of them. I went out there in the fall, and there had been rain several days before. The Dirty Devil, according to the rangers, had made the crossing down south of Hanksville "impassable." ( I think it's Poison Springs Wash, but I can't be sure- I don't know where my paper map is!) Side note: I live in California. When the rangers here say it's "impassable" it means you can't get a 2wd sedan down the road. When the rangers in Utah say it's "impassable" it means you can't get anything down the road. I only had to go find out for myself once, and backtrack 40 miles, to learn that lesson.

    Anyway, here's a great map:
    Canyonlands Maze District Map
    They have them for Island in the Sky, and the Needles also, which would probably help you on the east side of the River.

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  4. bike_pilot

    bike_pilot Been here awhile

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    That will definitely help me get started on this! Thanks!:clap
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  5. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I saw that the newly mapped Utah Back Country Discovery Route has just been posted on DualSportMaps.com.

    It shows a dirt route down to Blanding, but it is probably not doable until late spring due to snow.
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    Is there a good 4wd guide that'll map out GS'able routes? I'm looking for a way to join up Moab w/Hanksville via some mild dirt. So far, my route has me heading to Spanish Valley east of Moab via La Sal and then hoping to head south to join Natural Bridges via some off-road. I'm coming from San Diego to see the WSB race and then make a part dirt, part street run beginning at Moab.

    I/we are including the Pony Express on the way into Tooele.

    TIA!!!
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    ^^^^^

    Never mind, found what I was looking for, and more!:clap
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  8. boney

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    Care to share?
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  9. erkmania

    erkmania Still Adventuring

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    Sure. Here's what I have at home. The dualsportmaps website is one hell of a resource (thanks to previous poster),

    http://www.dualsportmaps.com/

    I also found that the ranger/trail specialist from the Utah Dept. of Natural Resources was very congenial and sent me some paper maps and a CD with ATV trail maps. The phone number is 801 707 2131, ask for Mr. Bartholomew. He also pointed me to a Utah ATV site that had these maps converted into *.gpx format for gps's, but I must have that bookmarked on my work computer.

    If you want to see what some of the more gentle trails look like, another inmate videoed much of her trip through some of the more popular routes. The inmate is Timinator and the videos are in the "Pics, pics, pics" forum. She did a lot of fire road/scenic stuff which might be perfect for a long road trip on a GS.

    That's it for now.
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  10. 9.5isCanadian

    9.5isCanadian "Missing a few pieces."

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    My brother and I are coming down from Canada to watch the WSB Salt lake round then heading down to spend 10 days riding in Moab, New Mexico, Arizona. Planing on putting in as many off road miles we can find. Even the route down from BC we have a few legs of dirt.

    Maybe see you there. I'll be on my Scrambler and my bro on his Guzzi.
    Peace
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