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bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 08:39 PM
My Dad has been almost crazy when it came to the talk of Fable Valley, a track of land located south of Canyonlands Utah. Located in between the remote regions of Beef Basin and Dark Canyon, Fable Valley is on the edge of what is considered "Anasazi Country". Ever since our week long treek into Beef Basin, all i'd hear at work is " Fable Valley".

So when I informed Dad that this years Outlaws Run was not going to happen (:mad:), he suggested, almost before I could finish, "Fable Valley"?. Who could say no?

For three days we explored Fable Valley, hiking 10 miles a day. Dad would paint while I took photos and many naps. We found many ruins, many that were not on the so called maps. Came acrose t-shape doors, arrowheads, potterysheadrs as big as my palm and a ruin that has me totaly confused!

A great trip to end the season (?)

Hope ya'all enjoy the pices:cheers:

:beer::beer:

1-2) Sweet Alice Canyon
3-5) Dark Canyon

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 08:59 PM
More...

1-2) More of Dark Canyon
3) Biggest mushroom i've everseen:eek:
4) Looking back into Beef Basin
5) More views

:beer::beer:

Inukshuk
09-22-2010, 09:12 PM
Wow.

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 09:15 PM
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1) One of the roads into Fable Valley: We turned around here, solo and stock::(.
2-3) Dark Canyon
4) The road from base camp to the drop down into Fable Valle, It took us four miles of hiking just to get into the valley
5) Our first taste of Fable Valley:cool:

:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 09:24 PM
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1-2) More of Fable Valley. From the first pic, I can spot two ruins, one big pueblo located on the valley floor, and another high in the cliffs.
3-4) Views of the Henry's from camp:cool:.
5) So the road from the railhead to the start of the hiking trail looks like a lot of fun. Only spotted two tracks on the road. Dad thought it was impassible, but I thought it would be fun;):cheers:

:beer::beer:

Inukshuk
09-22-2010, 09:35 PM
Lets go.
How long was the drive to the dirt?

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 09:36 PM
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1) Nother view of Fable Valley.
2) My Dad on the "Road" down into Fable Valley. To be honest most this road was doable, except for the portion my Dad was standing on.
3) Fable Valley. From this vantage point, a cliff dwelling, and a LARGE peublo can be seen. Next to them, many grainerys. To the left of the pic, a ruin in a cave almost all the way up the cliff.
4) This pic does not do the sage justice; it was six to seven feet high.
5) There was a running creek through the willows.

:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 09:41 PM
Lets go.
How long was the drive to the dirt?

Daniel, to the turn off from 211 (The road to Canyonlands) was about 7hrs from Denver. From there it's two hours to Beef Basin, our camp was about another 1.5-2hrs from the turn off for Beef Basin. Like I stated, we stopped at the "trail head" due to being a single and stock vehicle. The road we hiked couled be easly traveld;). The other road we tried looks to be the same, even found the line to take through the ledges.

:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 09:54 PM
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1) After hiking the 4 mile hike into the valley bottom, and not a mile into the valley floor, we spotted this.
2) The Sunflowers were amazing!
3-4) We followed a side canyon to enjoy this spring.
5) One of many grainerys located in this side canyon

:beer:

wesintl
09-22-2010, 10:02 PM
:drool:

nice perry!

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 10:03 PM
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1) More of Fable Valley
2-3) The first ruin we came to in Fable Valey (ok, minus the big pueblo down on the valley bottom)
4) Gainery in the big cliff dwelling. The black wall is from many years of campfires.
5) More of the cliff dweling.

:beer:

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 10:19 PM
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1) More of that first cliff dweling. T-shaped doors! I've read about them in Chaco and other places, say the Sierra Madres, but to come across one in it's natural enviroment is just awesome!!
2-4) More from in side the dweling.
5) Back on the floor of Fable Valley, in route to another ruin:D.

:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 10:43 PM
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1-2) Within Fable Valley
3) Tower Ruins: From where I took this pic, was another ruin...
4-5) More views of Fable Valley

:beer:

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 10:53 PM
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1) Potter
2) Tower Ruin, we think that gap between the two cliffs was filled in with dwelings.
3-5) The Henry's

:beer:

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 11:06 PM
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1) Back in Fable Valley
2) This cave had me intregued, for good reasons;)
3-5) Coming into the southern end of Fable Valley.

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 11:36 PM
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Southern end of Fable Valley.

:beer:

bh4rnnr
09-22-2010, 11:44 PM
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Hulk
09-23-2010, 12:28 AM
Wow. Looks really cool.

nattybumppo
09-23-2010, 01:06 AM
Cool place. Great adventure. It is so neat to see those ruins untouched by goverment hands.

subzali
09-23-2010, 08:56 AM
Sweet, very cool Perry. Will have to get out there.

coax
09-23-2010, 10:39 AM
Very cool! Looks like a fabulous area. :bowdown:

Jacket
09-23-2010, 02:02 PM
So much to see, so little time.... Great pics Perry.

Lars
09-23-2010, 03:19 PM
Very nice. Sounds like it was a great trip Perry.:)

bh4rnnr
09-23-2010, 05:38 PM
Thanks for the kind words so far, only about half way through the pics, so still more to come:).

Friends are in town tonight so will try and get the rest up tomorrow

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pmccumber
09-24-2010, 03:54 PM
Very, very cool stuff. Keep 'em coming.

Beachboy
09-24-2010, 11:57 PM
Perry, we were on the other end the last two weeks on Cedar Mesa hiking Road, Lime, Fish, Owl and Comb wash. Beautiful area, and so much to see we spend about 2 weeks every year exploring and finding new ruins and picto's every year. We have always wanted to get up to Fable - some year.

bh4rnnr
09-25-2010, 07:00 PM
Very, very cool stuff. Keep 'em coming.

More coming.....:cool:

Perry, we were on the other end the last two weeks on Cedar Mesa hiking Road, Lime, Fish, Owl and Comb wash. Beautiful area, and so much to see we spend about 2 weeks every year exploring and finding new ruins and picto's every year. We have always wanted to get up to Fable - some year.

Awesome!

Cedar is on the list!! To many areas to explore. I'll take you guys to Fable if you take me to Cedar:hill::thumb:

:beer::beer:

bh4rnnr
10-02-2010, 01:50 PM
Alright, here are the rest of the pics (sorry for the delay:rolleyes:):

1) More views of Fable Valley
2) Confirmed my thoughts of a dwelling in that cave I spotted earlier. Perplexed as to what it could be. Need to go back and climb up to inspect.....
3) Nother view of Fable, looking west.
4) Sunset on our last night.
5) More night time fun.

bh4rnnr
10-02-2010, 01:55 PM
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1) A clear night over Sweet Alice Canyon.
2-5) Sunrise on the last day of the trip.

bh4rnnr
10-02-2010, 02:00 PM
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1-5) More of the sunrise.

bh4rnnr
10-02-2010, 02:06 PM
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1-5) More of the sunrise. After this it was a short drive out, then a stop at the Jailhouse for breakfast (though not the best service that day...)

bh4rnnr
10-02-2010, 02:12 PM
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1-5) Since the theme for the weekend was "Indian" we stopped and checked out the Rock Art at Sego Canyon, outside Thompson Springs. There's a good mix of Ute, Barrier Canyon, Fremont and Archiac work.