View Full Version : Blue Notch Canyon, Memorial Day weekend, 2010

06-01-2010, 01:35 PM
It was a great trip!

We headed out of town late on friday and made it to the Lone Warrior campground at about 3:30am. It was a late night but worth the cool weather we had that night to sleep in... we also got to help a random guy that ran out of fuel on I-70 in teh wide open spot near the border (Thanks Marc!)

Next morning we woke up and headed down to Hanksville via the back roads to Gobblin Valley state park. The route we took was a new one to me and was very pretty and fast. After fueling up in Hanksville, we started heading down to Hite to meet Luc and Micah. About 35 miles from Hite we were able to get Micah on the HAM which made meeting up much easier. We met Luc and Micah at the ranger station there at Hite at about noon, paid our fees, and headed out to Blue Notch.

The drive in to Blue notch was a nice well travelled graded road that made for quick time. Once arriving Art and Trey were waiting on us at the point where it started to get confusing. They guided us in to the area that we would be camping in, and took us to Arts truck which was stuck :D

I'll let Art tell the story..

Anyways, we bumped into some rangers down there and they were some of the only ones that were able to tell us the rules.... You can drive anywhere as long as it is below the high water mark, and you can burn any driftwood. So the main group looked for a campsite while a smaller subset worked on unsticking Art's truck. After a few hours all was well and we were all back at camp. Didn't take long before the homebrew was tapped, floats were inflated, and beers were in hand. It was a nice night of burning wood, drinking beer, swimming, and listening to music. The dogs had fun since they were all ok off leash in the middle of nowhere where we were. They ran and swam till they passed out...

Next mornign Marc and I took off in his Rubicon to find the beginning of the Red Canyon road that leads away from Blue notch. after a little bit of searching we were able to find what we thought was it, so we turned around to go get the rest of the group.

Once we got everybody packed up, Allison got back from her morning mountain bike ride, and Dana finished her run we took off.

IT was a great road, and had some interesting parts. We had a few decent climbs and some detours around rocks. had to get out and spot folks a few times, btu it was relatively tame overall. After driving for a few hours, we finally got to the section where it drops into the wash for the first time. The tamarisk bushes were really tight, and the drop into the wash was pretty steep so we decided to make that point Lunch and head back to camp. There was cold beer in the coolers there anyways.

So we headed back the way we came and had another great afternoon at camp. Marc and I both caught a few bass, the ladies all soaked int he rays in the lake, and we just generall hung out. We had great fires every night too which was awesome.

Yesterday we headed out at about 10 or noon (didn't look at the watch or phone) and made it back to denver at about 9:30. We had a nice leasurly drive back with a stop at the brewery in Glenwood springs for dinner.

I'd say all in all it was a great Memorial day weekend trip. The blue notch road and campsite was nice and easy to get to, remote, and empty. The Red Canyon road was a great challenge for sunday and allowed us to get some wheeling in. I think that it'd be a great trip to go back there and make the drive down that road an overnighter. It took us a while to make it the 6 miles that we did (about 2 hrs) and to go farther would have taken even longer. The wash was full of very soft sand....

Anyways, here are a bunch of randome pictures.. Enjoy, and thanks to everybody who came!!!!

pic 1 - ready to go
2 - Trey and Danna in their 62 making their way up one of the climbs on red canyon
3 - Art Abby and meghan in the 60 on Red Canyon
4 - all of us parked at the turn around on red canyon
5 - Trey heading back to camp on Red Canyon

06-01-2010, 01:36 PM
1 - Red canyon, heading back to camp
2 - Made it to camp
3- Mead is tired....
4 - Tossing the big Brown Egg.
5 - Allison getting back from a paddle

06-01-2010, 01:37 PM
1- allison again
2 - at Lone warrior, looking at the day's route
3 - lone warrior
4 - kind of a duplicate with the dogs.
5 - swaseys cabin

06-01-2010, 01:40 PM
1 - more dogs
2 - heading to Hite from Hanksville
3- getting setup at camp
4 - camp from afar
5 - Homebrew is tapped!

06-01-2010, 01:40 PM
1 - relaxing while the others swim
2 - the others swimming
3- caught a bass!
4 - Meghan is ready for the water
5 - allison and Adrian, guess they were excited to see me.

06-01-2010, 01:41 PM
1 - our little fire
2 - Trey and Danna recouperating
3 - Heading out from blue notch
4 - Kris trying to see who is the one taking pictures
5 - Dogs passed out on I-70 last night.

06-01-2010, 01:47 PM
Here are a few of my pics
















More can be seen here. http://s393.photobucket.com/albums/pp12/bagndragblazer/Blue%20Notch%20camping/

Link to the GPS..

06-01-2010, 02:27 PM
Very cool. Looks like a great trip/great pics. Thanks for sharing!

06-01-2010, 05:10 PM

Thanks for the report and pics Marco. Looks like you guys had a awesome time:cool:


06-01-2010, 10:25 PM
Thank you guys for putting this together. That was some intense sun, but a great group of people. It still blows my mind how incredibly huge our country is and how little of it I've seen.

I've got a bunch of pics but it was a long day at work, so I'm going to crash. I'll work on organizing and uploading tomorrow.

06-01-2010, 11:35 PM

06-02-2010, 12:28 AM
Meanwhile at the Other end of the Lake....
1. Face Canyon Slot
2. Daniel in West Canyon Slot

06-02-2010, 09:35 AM
that looks pretty sweet daniel!

There are tons of slots near where we went, but it was too tempting to soak in the lake and go for a wheeling adventure. The ones you told me about are close, but there were others much closer to blue notch road... right across from blue notch road at the intersection with the hwy actually.

maybe next year!

06-02-2010, 11:00 AM
that looks pretty sweet daniel!

There are tons of slots near where we went, but it was too tempting to soak in the lake and go for a wheeling adventure. The ones you told me about are close, but there were others much closer to blue notch road... right across from blue notch road at the intersection with the hwy actually.

maybe next year!

It was amazing. I like this convergence of 4-wheeling, expedition travel, canyoneering and water!

06-02-2010, 12:33 PM
Sign Jackie and I up for next year! She'll love to use the kayaks.

Caribou Sandstorm
06-02-2010, 03:32 PM
Super cool!!

I was at Nolan's RV today, looked at zodiacs..uhm, during my lunch break of course...would be fun to zip around in one of those..

06-03-2010, 07:41 PM
Marco, you get to take the coolest trips. Great pics. Now I'll got back to work so I can pay my mortgage and buy diapers :)

06-06-2010, 10:40 AM
I had a great time guys! I'll try to put some pics up as well. My truck is about 5lbs heaver, all dust!