Day 12: Headed Home – North Rim to Sedona, AZ
We drove out of the Grand Canyon and headed straight for Flagstaff, AZ. After grabbing some Chickfila we continued down to Sedona, AZ.
After window shopping and waiting for a storm to pass we settled in at a local bar called the Sundowner. This...
Day 11: Sand Hollow and the North Rim
The original plan for this day was to do some hiking in Zion. Seemed great when we planned the trip but the trail was closed. Plus the bus system used to transport people from trailhead to trailhead really didn't appeal to us as we hadn’t showered in a few...
Day 10: Bryce Canyon and Zion NP
After calling an audible the night before and finding a place to camp near Kanab, we made the drive over to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Definitely a unique place. The problem with NP’s is the tourists. As we ate lunch we watched bus after bus drop people off...
Day 9: Page, AZ
I got up early to catch sunrise from our campsite and was not disappointed. The day started as promising as any, no sign of the things to come.
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Day 8: Ouray, CO to Page, AZ
Eager to move on to a new area, we packed camp and were on the road by 9:00. As we passed south towards Utah, one could only watch as the terrain changed from an alpine environment to desert.
Stopped in Blanding, UT at the Patio Drive In for lunch. Highly...
Day 7: Imogene Pass
Our last day in Colorado would be one of the best. Imogene Pass had been on our minds for the past couple of years because we did not get a chance to run the trail the last time we were in the area.
On our way up to the pass. The trail was pretty crowded and it was pouring...
Day 6: Ophir Pass and Last Dollar Road
Left camp that morning, headed north towards Ouray, and turned off at the Ophir Pass road trailhead. Thought about airing down but saw a huge caravan of jeeps at the bottom of the road and decided to just deal with it and blew past them hoping not to be...
Day 5: Clear Lake
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After a chilly night we packed camp and made our way back down the road along South Mineral Creek. We nabbed an open campsite next to a waterfall closer to the Million Dollar Highway to use as a basecamp for the next few days.
Day 4: Bonanza, CO to Silverton, CO
We were reminded of the joys of cleaning up wet gear the next morning as we packed camp. A quick drive out to HWY 285 put us on course for Creede, CO.
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Day 3: Cloverdale Mine, CO to Bonanza, CO
We took the morning to sleep in after two hard days of driving and ate breakfast before packing up camp.
The trail continued up to the mine and got increasingly narrow as we got closer to the top.
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This would be our 4th trip in 4 summers and we decided to center our journey around Ouray, CO and Page, AZ. This would be a 14 day trip with the main goal of hitting as much dirt as possible.
Our group consisted of five college friends and two 4WD Toyota Tacomas.
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