More Utah Parks and Monuments, Sept. 11-13, 2020

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More Utah Parks and Monuments, Sept. 11-13, 2020

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:26 pm

When Liz and I arrived at Arches National Park at 1:30PM on Sept. 11, we found the road chained as the park was at capacity. Rather than sit around and wait we drove up to Dead Horse Point. The view of the Colorado River from there is more dramatic IMHO than the view of the confluence with the Green River father south in Canyonlands.
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View west:
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At far right you can see the Shafer Trail which turns south and ascends to the mesa in Canyonlands. I drove down Shafer Trail in April 2011.

View east over the potash evaporation ponds to the La Sal Mountains.
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We drove down and got into Arches at 3:30PM.

We spent Sept. 12 in Capitol Reef but couldn't resist this stop in Hanksville on the way.
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On Sept. 13 we drove from Richfield to Las Vegas. We took a 45 minute walk in Red Canyon, an easy stop with hoodoo formations at similar elevation as Bryce Canyon farther east. Overview:
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Zoom of formations high above:
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On the walk:
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More close views:
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We drove a scenic route to I-15 and stopped at the Chessmen Ridge overlook of Cedar Breaks.
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Tesla must be growing in popularity in Utah. The St. George supercharger has become a weekend choke point. We had to wait 20 minutes to get a spot, as I did in March on the way home from Snowbird. In all our travels ~270 supercharges since buying the first Tesla in 2016, there have only been two other times we have had to wait for a charge.
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Re: More Utah Parks and Monuments, Sept. 11-13, 2020

Postby jamesdeluxe » Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:08 am

Incredible rock formations. What were the daily temps in mid-September?
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Re: More Utah Parks and Monuments, Sept. 11-13, 2020

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:36 pm

As I mentioned in the Arches report, that freak storm had passed through a few days earlier and had snowed in the LaSals and in Boulder where I was then. So temperatures stayed down for awhile.

Average September high in Moab is 88F but it was a comfortable 75 on Sept. 11. On Sept. 12 it got up to about 82 in Capitol Reef. Elevation range in Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef is 4,000-6,000 feet.

Weather was probably normal on Sept. 13. The optimal elevation range for hoodoo formation in Red/Bryce is around 8,000 feet. The Cedar Breaks overlook is over 10,000, so both of those stops were comfortable too. It was over 100F when we got to Las Vegas.
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