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Old 06-04-2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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Missouri to Moab....a hopeful summer trip.

Tonight the family went out to dinner with my mother for my birthday, and a few discussions came up about travel. I was talking about taking some time and heading out west since I have never been.

Since Amy cannot get time off, I wasn't really considering a cross country trip with Collin in the back seat for a long boring drive by himself. My mother chimed in that she would love to head out west to an area like Moab, UT. I have heard a lot of good things about sights in this area, and I am interested in hearing what people familiar with the area have to say about it (Sound off FCU members).

I am sure there are some nice sites to see on the way out west, and hopefully many places to courtesy park .

The trip is tentative for the beginning of August, so any special events that may be going on would be nice to hear about as well.

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Hi Steve, I don't know how much time you have on your trip and a lot depends on that and what you want to do between MO and MOab. If you have the time, some side trips through Colorado would be nice. One nice route would be through southern Colorado....Durango, San Juan Mtns., Mesa Verde NP...on to 4 corners and Monument Valley and up to Moab.

Of course, Arches NP and Canyonlands NP are a must see. I would estimate a minimum of 3 days for this area...more if you want to explore in detail. It will most likely be hot that time of year, so a campgound with power to run the AC would be nice. We stayed at Archview Campground about 4 miles north of Moab and it was nice. Full hookups, nice views, gas station, store, and it's right across from the road to Canyonlands NP.

Moab is a small town and very touristy. It's quite fun though and there are some good restaurants and shopping. There are plenty of outdoor type businesses that cater to things like 4WD adventures, mountain bike tours and rentals, etc. The wole area is beautiful with the red rocks and the Green/Colorado River. Enjoy tour trip!!
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Hotter than a pistol..

I love Moab, especially for mountain biking. I pretty much rule it out from late May to late September as is hotter than a blast furnace. Dry, but hot. It is hard to just stay hydrated watching TV!
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What about the Rocky Mountain VAC Rally Aug 7-10 for the return trip?

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Moab is a FANTASTIC place, but be prepared that it will be HOT in August. Rent a Jeep for the day and go play! As was already mentioned, Arches NP is a must see, as is Canyonlands NP. On the way back, see the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, see Ouray, CO (and rent another Jeep for some fantastic mountains views!) and pop up to Salida for RMVAC rally.
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Hi Steve,

I have a bunch of photos from Moab from the late ’80s (before mountain biking) that I use for screen savers and desktops. Give me a few days and I’ll send them to you.

Believe me, it is spectacular! Amy is going to be jealous, though. Be forewarned.

I spent my time wandering thought the Arches with the theme from the Magnificent 7 (Marlborough commercial music, for those who remember) going through my head. It really looks like the American west in all its glory.
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There may be an issue with the heat since I will have Collin with me. Seeing sites is nice, but I have to think about his comfort, and how if he isn't comfy that I will hear about it. I am trying to avoid going over some steep graded mountains as I am towing a 29' beast with a 1/2 ton chevy.

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There may be an issue with the heat since I will have Collin with me. Seeing sites is nice, but I have to think about his comfort, and how if he isn't comfy that I will hear about it. I am trying to avoid going over some steep graded mountains as I am towing a 29' beast with a 1/2 ton chevy.

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Hi Steve,

It will be an absolute furnace. When I was there in the late ’80s, I hiked up to the Delicate Arch (forgive no image uploads, quota issue) I met a 60’s couple with no water. I flagged down someone returning from the arch that still had water and asked them to give it to them (I didn’t take water, against all common sense and USPS directives because at that time I was trained in hi-temp activities and the distance was short {3 miles or so [but, as it turned out, brutally uphill]}, now I would bring extra for others, just in case). They were ok, but it could have gotten ugly.

If there is no way to keep Collin cool, bring all 3 of you back another time.
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We were in Moab last year after the Vintage Airstream Rally in Breckenridge, CO. While there we visited Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Both great sights.

If you like Diner food, try the Moab Diner. They have a green chile sauce to die for. It is not HOT at all, but very tasty and they put it on lots of stuff including Hamburgers. The will sell you some to go if you ask. Really good.
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It is not HOT at all, but very tasty and they put it on lots of stuff including Hamburgers.
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Hot temps, great biking, spectacular scenery

Check the average temps in August for Moab on Weather.com. It's beautiful, though, and the biking is awesome. You can always cool off on a raft or duckie trip on the chocolate-colored Colorado river. If you go on an overnighter, they'll cook you a fancy dinner. I've only been in the spring, and it was hot enough. I believe my latest trip to Moab has been mid-June for that raft trip.

First two are on the Colorado River just outside Moab, camped across from Fisher Towers; the saguaro cactus is near Tucson, AZ, and the fourth biking pic is on Lion's Loop of the Kokopelli Trail near Fruita, Colo. The final pic is of me after we got snowed out of the final day of our Kokopelli trip on May 5, 2007; we came out Onion Creek and crossed the creek 26 times in the snow, sleet and rain. Epic.
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I have been to Moab on several occasions. I have been there in august with it 105 to 108 in the shade, and that is just BRUTAL.

Riverside Oasis RV Park on the north side of the Colorado River bridge has large trees and shade. Pasta Jay's has some of the best Italian you can sink a fork into.

I have also been to Moab with the monsoon in full force and it gets to about 95 and about 2 pm thunderstorms move across and cool things off to mid 70s the rest of the day....HINT: Pray for a strong monsoon for the shade of clouds and showers.
And if it is hotternhell, you could stop short of Moab and just stay in Colorado's mountains.

There are several photos at the link below in my photostream of the area around Moab.
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Check the average temps in August for Moab on Weather.com. It's beautiful, though, and the biking is awesome. You can always cool off on a raft or duckie trip on the chocolate-colored Colorado river. If you go on an overnighter, they'll cook you a fancy dinner. I've only been in the spring, and it was hot enough. I believe my latest trip to Moab has been mid-June for that raft trip.

First two are on the Colorado River just outside Moab, camped across from Fisher Towers; the saguaro cactus is near Tucson, AZ, and the fourth biking pic is on Lion's Loop of the Kokopelli Trail near Fruita, Colo. The final pic is of me after we got snowed out of the final day of our Kokopelli trip on May 5, 2007; we came out Onion Creek and crossed the creek 26 times in the snow, sleet and rain. Epic.
Again,

Please pack extra water to share. Arches is a tremendous draw, and people will set out on hikes that they shouldn’t without water, It doesn’t seem like a big deal from the signs, but it is easy for people who are not heat acclimated (extreme heat acclimated, in this case) to get into trouble.

Really, don’t you want to be able to help? Especially when all it takes is a little water? Consider it for all hot-weather destinations.
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Please pack extra water to share. Arches is a tremendous draw, and people will set out on hikes that they shouldn’t without water, It doesn’t seem like a big deal from the signs, but it is easy for people who are not heat acclimated (extreme heat acclimated, in this case) to get into trouble.

Really, don’t you want to be able to help? Especially when all it takes is a little water? Consider it for all hot-weather destinations.
Totally agree. I have encountered people in extreme heat distress on the trail. You need air temp water, not ice water as you don't want to put someone with heat exhaustion into shock.

Also, bottled water has much of the minerals needed for electolytes purified out of it. We buy powdered gatorade to mix into the water bottles. Just pour out a half a shot glass of water and replace that volume of powdered gatorade through a funnel, recap and shake to mix. Drinking this will keep you hydrated and your electolytes balanced.

Park personnel regularly encounter people who are adequately hydrated but have sweated out all their electrolytes and are in extreme physical danger of heart failure, etc. due to electrolyte imbalance.

We also carry salty snacks such as trail mix made with salt nuts and M&Ms and raisins to keep energy levels up and eletrolytes balanced.

Be prepared, don't be a statistic.
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not only will utah be ridiculously unpleasant in august...

crossing ks will be just as hot PLUS humid, so boondocking, rest stopping or walmarting...

will be horrible.

crossing colorado WILL be an extreme challenge for your tow vehicle...

and there isn't that much to do in the moab area IF you aren't a biker or hiker type, with heat seasoning...

skip going west in august, if u can't make it to the pacific NORTHwest...

go to wezzconsin (the dells) or minnetota (the boundry waters) or meeshegan (or any great lake area)...

your truck can handle the grades going north...

it may be hot, but not nearly as bad as mo or utah and the skeeters can be trained...

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