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Old 05-09-2011, 12:28 PM
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Default Moab question: Beef Basin or Lockhart?

I am about to go to Moab with a small group (yeah, I know that I just missed CM2011). We are going to be in a stock Suburban and the plan is to do some camping, light trail riding, and a little bit of mountain biking. Which is a better trail for camping...Beef Basin or Lockhart? Preferably a little bit of shade, nice views, and maybe somewhere close to the Anasazi art work as well.

We are going to try for a last minute backcountry permit for White Rim, but that looks iffy given that it is peak season.

Any other nice stock trails that would be good for this sort of thing?
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:14 PM
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You may have a tougher time with a Suburban on Lockhart - there are a few ledges and narrow spots that could challenge a long, stock truck. But the views are spectacular and the riding would be fun. Not much cover at all.

Beef Basin has some scrubby trees that provide some cover, and the roads shouldn't give you any trouble if the weather is good. Lots of ruins to visit. The two areas are very different, so it's tough to compare them.

How many days will you be out there? I'd suggest that you do both.
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If into Beef Basin, you heading North into the Park or just in & out?
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It is a very fast trip; we only have about 2 days. This is a scouting trip more or less for future family trips.

We are planning to enter both/either trail from Hwy 211. I don't think our rig will be able to get all the way into Canyonlands via Beef Basin or through the north end of Lockhart. We are just going to go where we can safely go and enjoy some beers and scenery.
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You may have problems in the Park. Lockhart is nice scenery, can just turn around when ready. Beef Basin is cool, just not as drastic as a touch further North...
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If we hit Beef Basin, will we feel like we've "seen" the area or it is just a long dusty road?

I am open to any suggestions that have secluded camping and nice views (and accessible to a stocker).
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Opinions may vary but Beef Basin is a good desert road and remote area in which one can get lost (in a good way) but is generally the stretch of road in-between destinations. Personally, I think a nice camp in the valley here at (38.324435,-109.679334) is a more classic Utah feel.
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Opinions may vary but Beef Basin is a good desert road and remote area in which one can get lost (in a good way) but is generally the stretch of road in-between destinations. Personally, I think a nice camp in the valley here at (38.324435,-109.679334) is a more classic Utah feel.
Thanks...is there any shelter around there (looks like some scrub or small trees in the aerial)? Appears to be in a "basin" off the main road? Might have to check that out.
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>I am open to any suggestions that have secluded camping and nice views (and accessible to a stocker).

Gemini Bridges? My buddy and I took a stock 4 door Tahoe through there without much trouble, and even did some washes and side roads.
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>I am open to any suggestions that have secluded camping and nice views (and accessible to a stocker).

Gemini Bridges? My buddy and I took a stock 4 door Tahoe through there without much trouble, and even did some washes and side roads.
Any good camping around that area?
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