June 23, 2014
It's rated about half way down the moderate list in the Guide to Moab, UT Backroads and 4-Wheel Drive Trails by Charles A. Wells.
As you head west on Spring Canyon Road, massive Tombstone Rock is the focal point.
Taking a left turn at Tombstone, the trail almost immediately becomes slickrock. There are several slickrock areas to traverse which give this trail it's rating.
This turned out to be a great last day of trails with Ronnie and Carol as our other 2 adventures didn't have any slickrock.
After some strategizing, we were on our way!
|Dee heading our way in Blanche.|
Dee knows these trail like the back of her hand...what a nice treat for us to follow!
And thank goodness for CB radios. Dee can give precise directions from her seat in Blanche on where to place tires.
|Blanche and Jade|
Our first stop was to see a place where water runs along rocks and flows over the cliff into the canyon. The rocks are smooth as glass. I bet it is beautiful when its raining.
This is where the water flows into Spring Canyon...its a long way down!
Our next stop was the parking area to hike down to the Dellenbaugh Tunnel.
Dellenbaugh is described as am "oddity in nature". It is a tunnel thru the sandstone. Way cool!
The picture doesn't show how dark the tunnel really is. If I had taken the time to think about it, I probably would have had the "hibbie jibbies".
|...Ronnie, Carol and Joe|
When we exited the tunnel and turned the corner, we were at the cliff edge. What a nice view for lunch.
We did echoes, listened to the ravens fuss, and someone in the group who likes living on the edge was very brave to swing their feet over the cliff.
By this time, it was pretty hot so we skipped the Secret Spire part of the trail and headed home. Next time for sure...
We enjoyed the ride home...the sky was gorgeous. Blue with white fluffy clouds that made pretty shadows and rain over the LaSal Mountains way off in the distance.
|Merrimack and the Monitor|
|If you look very closely on the left side, you can see the Windows Arches in Arches NP.|
Last Tuesday (6/24), we left Moab for a very long travel day to Colorado Springs...about 420 miles.
Colorful Colorado sure is green!
We went thru several tunnels...
I-70 is almost a double decker road in some places...
We made a stop to stretch and walk the Tan Clan at Wilkerson Pass...
and we weren't the only ones that needed a stretch and some fresh air.
We are all settled in at Garden of the Gods RVC Outdoor Destinations. Ronnie and Carol are at home right next door...so let the fun and exploring begin! We have never been to Colorado Springs...