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Old 03-12-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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San Rafael Swell - Central Utah

Spent a few days with some fellow club members in the San Rafael Swell this past weekend. Had a great time and spectacular weather. We base camped at the Lone Warrior campsite not far from I-70 and spent our first day exploring the Lucky Strike and Dirty Devil mines and then drove down to Temple Mountain. My brother and I left the group and spent a few hours in Goblin Valley as well. Yesterday we packed up and headed home taking the scenic route through Black Dragon Canyon and saw some petroglyphs and a really cool cave that is completely hidden from the canyon floor. We exited back near I-70 and back to Green River to gas up and head home.

It was just what I needed for a few days. I didn't plan on giving a more detailed report, but just share lots of pictures instead. Was busy driving so I don't have a lot of action shots but tons of the scenery. Hope you enjoy them.

Gassing up in Green River before heading into the Swell


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Then it was on to the Dirty Devil mine










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Wow, these are amazing pictures. Now I'm jealous.
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Sweet pics man! I spent a few days in the San Rafeal Swell a couple years back. IT was a canyon hiking trip and not offroad, but definitely a sweet place!
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:30 PM   #13
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Wow awesome post! Looks like an amazing area. I am jealous of you southern Utah folks. I have really started to fall in love with Utah in the last couple years. Pics like these remind me of that.

I should say those of you who have easy access to that part of Utah, just realized you dont live in the southern part... oops
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so much WOW going on here!

amazing pics! thanks for sharing....looks like an excellent adventure!...better than bill & ted's to say the least

so many great things to say about so many of those photos so i'm just going to say awesome! and leave it at that...
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Wow! So jelly right now... One day I will get out of pa and make it out there.
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great pictures man, the petroglyfs are my favorite part
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Very Nice! Been to Goblin Vally a few times...miss those weekends! Thanks for sharing.
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Looks like fun!



Great photos to boot. Thanks for bringing us along for the ride.

How did the new spare carrier work out for you? Any more changes needed?
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That whole area is in my back yard, those pics definately make me want to take many more road trips and adventures!
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