Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1
Geri and I went to Blanding early Thursday morning to do laundry and a bit of grocery shopping. We were back at the rigs by 10am and packed, ready to go riding by 11am. The cowboy chose the Arch Canyon trail for our ride. Twenty miles, eight ruins, Cathedral Arch outstanding views and about twenty water crossings later our senses were in shock! Red rocks, ruins, running water, a massive arch—amazing!!
The trail traveled alongside a creek and was lined with cottonwood trees making for a pleasant ride. This trail is a little more used and well known—we met up with more people on this trail than on any other we’ve traveled.
Access to Cathedral Arch is over a well used trail but suitable for high clearance four wheel drive or ATV only.
Friday morning dawned with beautiful clear skies once again. We were attempting a ride onto the mesa above Arch Canyon where we rode on Thursday. Nope—not happening! Once we left the county road the trail quickly became a serious black diamond pile of rocks—even Larry and Geri with all their experience decided this wasn’t the trail for us. I have some video I will post when my internet connection improves.
We called it a day shortly after lunch and spent the rest of Friday taking it easy. After another delicious dinner Geri and I drove up the road to the Mule Canyon Ruin site—an Anasazi site occupied from AD 750 to about AD 1200. The state of Utah and the BLM have preserved this site—
On Saturday, we are heading north toward Moab, Utah.