Thursday, July 29, 2010

ATV-SUV Trails Near Canyonlands

Canyonlands Overlook by L. Sessions
I think I've told you before about Dennis, a friend of Offroading Home who helped find us a new home when ATT went out of the web business.

Well, he's been putting together a map of one of the most picturesque riding areas in Southern UtahCanyonlands.   [For a free Google Earth file of this route see: Hamburger Rock Trails]

It all started with a ride known as "trail 25" at Hamburger Rock and grew from there – as they say, "the rest is history."

The map by no means lists all that there is to ride down there, that's more than any one person can do in a single visit; but he has plans to add more as time goes by. [YOU could help a bit if you would]

There is another Moab Riding Area Master Map available - which I started some months ago but which hasn't bubbled to the top of the to-do list yet.

It is also available at: Moab Trail System and contains many waypoints, trailheads and trail ratings. Like I say the trails aren't complete and would welcome GPS tracks added to them from people who have ridden in the "Land of Canyons."

In the Hamburger Trails Map, Dennis has listed several campgrounds and descriptions about how to use them from first hand experience. The area is magnificent all year long but is especially excellent as a winter riding area due to the sunny climate. Be sure and bring sun screen.

I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they now do.”
Will Rogers
And, he has given GPS tracks for six of the areas trails which he rode in 2009-10 along with their descriptions, difficulty ratings, waypoints and suggestions: Trail 25 Loop, Lock Hart Road, Hart's Draw, Lavender Creek Rim, Harts Point Road and Shay Mesa.

Additionally, many of the trails are accompanied by photos taken in the area during his rides, which give more than amply the feeling of what the ride is like.


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