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Desert Southwest Trip 2010: Day 2, SE Utah & Moab

Day 2 – May 29, 2010 – Monument Valley, Moki Dugway, Gooseneck, Moab Utah
Day two of our recent trip meant heading toward Moab for some rockin’ mountain biking. The day started crystal clear, a stark contrast to the dust of the evening before. Since we were so close to Monument Valley we decided to take the long way around to Moab and see all we could see.

After a stop at a local “uber granola” coffee shop we were in the land of amazing red rock formations. We passed by Valley of the Gods and stopped at the classic Monument Valley Pass overlook, the Goosenecks overlook, up the Mogee Dugway Moki Dugway and across to Blanding and Monticello.
Update
: I just learned that the Dugway is actually spelled “Moki Dugway”, not “Mogee Dugway” as I spelled it and have seen it spelled across many sites. And, strangely enough, the sign on top spells it “Mokee Dugway”, as another traveler’s photo shows here.

Valley of the Gods Utah

Just a snippet of the Valley of the Gods

Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley Utah

While we were at the Goosenecks there was a group of French guys with a $10,000+ commercial HD camera filming some sort of Indie documentary of the West. They had a copy of a Nat Geo with “The great American West” on the cover with a photo similar to mine above on the cover.  They decided so film inside our window of our vehicle because we had mountain bikes inside. Gotta love it.

The Goosenecks, Utah

Overlooking the Goosenecks - My friend Laura was down there somewhere 🙂

Mogee Dugway, Utah

Heading up the Moki Dugway

Looking south on top of the Mogee Dugway

Looking south on top of the Mogee Dugway

Utah Tribal Ruins

Stopped and saw some more ruins semi-near Blanding, Utah

After a long morning we finally hit MOAB and went straight to Dead Horse Point State Park for a ride on a fairly new trail called the Intrepid Trail System. We hit the trail around 5PM and were treated to some AMAZING late evening colors on the rocks.

Intrepid Trail. Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab Utah

Intrepid Trail. Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab Utah

The trail was relatively flat with a few spots that were steep and some gnarly but not over-the-top technical stuff. We rode the 9 mile loop, took our time, dealt with a group of 20+ young family riders and finished in under 2 hours. The only real challenge to this trail was keeping your speed low enough so you could see around some sharp, blind corners. This trail is an absolute mountain biking MUST in MOAB! One of the best!

Intrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point - Moab UT

The view East starting out

Intrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point - Moab UT

Looking South - Intrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point - Moab UT

Intrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point - Moab UT

Plenty of Crypto soil along the way to check out and NOT touch

Intrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point - Moab UT

Intrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point - Moab UT
Intrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point - Moab UTIntrepid Trail - Dead Horse Point - Moab UT

Awesome Views


The day ended watching the sun set over the valley. Check out the deep colors I was able to get in the late-day light.

Dead Horse Tree Sunset

Dead Horse Tree Sunset

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