Every year my and I dad head out to Utah for an extended weekend of mountain biking around Moab sometime between March and June. This year our trip landed over Memorial Day Weekend which just might be THE busiest weekend in Moab, SO, we ended up staying in towns around Moab and got to see some awesome country while we were at it. We even found a new trail area in SW Colorado, which was Day 1.
Day 1 – May 28, 2010 – Sand Canyon, Cortez, CO
You can find Sand Canyon in the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument just southwest of Cortez, CO and it’s one of those places you would never know what there. I had seen a friend’s pictures a few weeks back and said to myself “woah, that looks just like Moab”. Well sure enough, the description on the Sand Canyon trail map is “This trail looks like Moab”. Crazy.
It was a great ride; pretty easy with a ton of ruins all along the trail. It took us a few hours but we took our time and checked everything out.
Our two thermometers both read 103+ degrees so it was definitely a Camelbak afternoon.
We would have stayed out into the early evening but the wind and dust was rolling in and we had to get to Bluff, UT for the night.
It was dusty when we arrived in Bluff so we didn’t get a good feel for the town. We weren’t even sure there was anywhere to eat but we asked the hotel desk and got pointed toward a little steakhouse with a very local look. Turned out to be absolutely amazing! The Cottonwood Steakhouse had great fresh meat (I had a juicy half-rack of ribs). Their water glasses were little cowboy boots (pic coming soon) which was pretty funny.
If you are ever remotely near bluff I highly suggest stopping into this little gem. Fresh beef, super friendly managers and servers and some local beer.
The night ended with a dusty but pleasant sunset.