Trail Pictures

Chaffin Geyser

Old car

Chaffin Geyser

Chaffin Geyser

Chaffin Geyser

Chaffin Geyser

Henry Mountains

Henry Mountains

San Rafael Desert

San Rafael Desert

San Rafael Desert

Granary Springs

Trailhead

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Dirty Devil

Angel Point

Angel Point

Angel Point

Dirty Devil

Angel Point

Dirty Devil

Angel Point

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost

127 Hours Sign

127 Hours Sign

127 Hours Sign

127 Hours Sign

Turkey

Electric Lake

San Rafael Desert

        Utah Area Trails Causey Sep 2013 Leidy Peak/Lakeshore Little East Fork Blacks Fork Brown Duck Basin Robber's Roost May 13 Coyote Gulch 2013 Happy Canyon Robber's Roost Mar 13 Comet Needles Feb 2013 Colton Cabin Moab Bill Moonshine Wash Uintas Fall 2012 McCoy Park 2012 Spider Lake Popo Agie Tosi Creek West Fork Blacks Fork East Fork Bear River Camp East Fork Bear River Center Park Uinta River Moab and San Rafael Swell Dirty Devil with James West Desert San Rafael Desert S. Utah with Cory Lake Powell 2011 The Needles The Maze E Fork Burnt Fork Leidy Peak Burnt Fork Granite Highline Causey May 11 Green River Buck Canyon Antelope Apr 11 Smith Fork Grizzly Ridge Yurt Moab Arches Bear River Moab Flight Snowbasin Art Nord Moab Rim Zion Dry Fork Naturalist Basin Timpanogos Cave Meteor Shower Yellowstone Creek McCoy Park Ostler Creek Granddaddy Causey Southern Utah Coyote Gulch White Canyon - Moqui Canyon Tetons - Cabin Southern Utah Wildhorse Canyon Snowbasin Great Salt Lake Snowbasin Robber's Roost Deep Creeks Farmington Canyon Nine Mile Canyon Fish Lake - McCoy Park Harris Wash Antelope Island Moab Southern Utah Log Hollow Moab Lake Powell Wasatch Buckskin Gulch Deseret Peak Pine Valley Logan Canyon Causey Reservoir China Meadows Haystack Lake Cow Park Highline Grandaddy Lakes Amethyst Basin Uintas Cat Canyon Southern Utah Southern Utah Glen Canyon Swett Canyon Antelope Island Uintas - Yurt Pebble Creek Robbers Roost Antelope/ Lost Creek N Fork Provo River Capitol Reef Pine Valley Wilderness Uintas Stillwater Reservoir Grandaddy Mountain Logan Canyon Canyonlands Arches Twin Lakes Kabell Lake Amethyst Basin South Cedar Ridge Canyon Hurricane Wash Middle Fork of the Ogden River Moab Cat Canyon Crack Canyon Causey Reservoir St George Log Hollow Canyonlands Steam Mill Canyon Row Bench Rubies Highline Causey Reservoir Flat Tops Grand Daddy Lake Antelope Island White Pine Lake Brown Duck Flaming Gorge Snowbasin Swasey Lakes Spooky Gulch White Rock Bay Grand Gulch Cat Canyon Moon Lake Antelope Island Antelope Island Long Park Grand Daddy Lake Hades Pass Tom's Canyon Just arrived

The weekend of 23 Mar 12, Tracy and I headed down to the San Rafael Desert (Google Map)

to explore roads and canyons that we hadn't yet checked out.  We left out of Green River on

Saturday morning to drive south onto the Lower San Rafael Road.  This road mostly parallels

Highway 24 between I-70 and Hanksville, but it runs through the middle of the San Rafael

Desert closer to Green River, before making its way to the Horseshoe Canyon unit of

Canyonlands and then getting into all of the great canyons of the Robbers Roost area.  We are

usually down in southern Utah in the winter, and this area can be inaccessible when there's

snow, so we've never explored much of this area.  Not only that, but access to the area

requires over 50 miles of dirt roads...in fact we did about 200 miles of driving this weekend on

dirt roads.  Outstanding.

Our first stop was a surprise finding of Chaffin Geyser.  This was a cold water geyser just off

the road before it crossed the San Rafael River.  We actually didn't know what it was when we

were there, but later learned that it was a geyser.  We didn't see it erupt, but it was still cool.

From there, we crossed the San Rafael River on the nice, new bridge.  We then checked out

another side road that had views out over the Green River near where we had camped last

year at the mouth of Horseshoe Canyon.  There were also some nice views of the Henry

Mountains from here.  Our next stop was at the Granary Springs trailhead for Blue John

Canyon.  This is the canyon where Aron Ralston got stuck and had to cut off his arm.  It's

strange to think about how he was stuck in this canyon for over five days without seeing

another soul, and now, because of the movie about his ordeal, this trailhead was fairly

crowded.  We checked out this trailhead, which is the one that the girls started from that he

met in the canyon, as well as the trailhead where Ralston started.  Both trailheads had several

cars parked at them.  While they weren't terribly crowded, they were fairly crowded for this

wonderfully remote area.  As a result of this increased popularity, and the increase in people

needing rescue, the local search and rescue squad has begun posting warning signs around

the Roost.  The signs warn that the desert out here likes to kill people, and help may be hours

or days away...if it ever comes.  It also points out that the blue pool featured in the movie is

several hundred miles north of here, and nowhere near the desert, much less the canyon.

From there, we checked out the trailheads for a few canyons I want to do: Not Mindbender;

Robbers Roost; South Fork of Robbers Roost.  These canyons were absolutely beautiful from

up top.  This area is just covered in slickrock, and I really want to play out here more.  We saw

less than 10 other cars after leaving Granary Springs, so that was nice, too.

We ended up deciding we didn't feel like camping, so we drove to Hanksville for the night.  On

Sunday we drove through Capitol Reef, and then up Highway 89, before driving over Skyline

Drive out of Fairview, onto Scofield Reservoir, and then on home.  It was bizarre being able to

drive up into the mountains this early in the year...but it's been a very low snow year.

I still want to explore more of the roads in the Roost, and I really want to do some of the

canyons out there.