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Old 09-15-2017, 10:04 AM
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Default Thanksgiving. On a Tailgate?

I realize it's about two months out, but I've been kicking this idea around for quite some time. Wanted to post it up and hear any input you've got to share so that my brain stops running in circles.

Thinking about taking the week of Thanksgiving and spending it in Utah/Moab as it should be cooler and hopefully quieter. Current consideration is to start around Mexican Hat or Monument Valley and take as much trail as possible to Moab- spending some time in Bears Ears/Manti-La Sal NF, Beef Basin, The Needles/E-Hill, and exiting through Lockhart Basin.

At this point, trucks could bail back home in time for Thanksgiving, but we'd probably want to restock in town and run some other trails in the area. Considering Fins N Things, and White Rim before calling it a wrap and heading back home. Something just sounds so appealing about cooking Thanksgiving dinner on a tailgate in Canyonlands.

Apart from resources online, I'm not familiar with Bears Ears, Beef Basin, or Lockhart Basin. I welcome any advice or input you're willing to share and company is always welcome.
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Old 09-15-2017, 10:19 AM
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Ironically, we were thinking about a similar Moab thing over Thanksgiving. Maybe not as much 4 wheeling but more mountain biking.
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Old 09-15-2017, 10:23 AM
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Ironically, we were thinking about a similar Moab thing over Thanksgiving. Maybe not as much 4 wheeling but more mountain biking.
Oh man, I'd love to bring my niner! My fiance doesn't mountain bike though, so she'd probably want to hike or do some other exploring.
And realistically, I'm always too eager to include more trails than we can reasonably drive or sit through. So this list might be shortened somewhat.
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:34 PM
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Personally I would start at Bluff, Moki dugway is not much, but travel up Comb Wash. But the other part of the trip is great back country and you are staying off highways all the way to Moab. Great.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:47 PM
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NP crowds will still be there. A couple years back we did Zion the weekend before Thanksgiving and it was zoo.
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My brother and some friends always hit up the moab boogie for BASE jumping around mineral bottom. Check them out if your in the area. I may head out there rhis year too. Was thinking about running white rim if I make the trip.

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A bit farther and join me in Baja? Otherwise, happy to get with you after 9/30 and discuss routes.
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Baja sounds wonderful but I don't think I could make it before the week of Thanksgiving.
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I have been wanting to do this run again for awhile, we gone from bears ears to elephant hill via beef basin before. I have never ran butler wash before. If you guys are riding I will have to blow the dust of my niner.
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Expedition Utah forum is a great resource.
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