There’s not a lot of traffic on the Moab Daily these days, but once the COVID-19 virus is knocked down and people renew their love affair with this 13-mile stretch of the Colorado River, they will enjoy a much-improved Take Out Beach.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Falcon Flow, Moab’s newest mountain biking trail. It is the product of 1,800 volunteer hours organized by Moab Trail Mix, headed by Madeline Logowitz and Tyson Swasey. Many kudos to the volunteers and county staff who put in the work to make this trail a reality.
Last week, Grand County officially opened a new mountain biking trail in the Sand Flats Recreation area. The 5.4-mile long Falcon Flow is the first in a series that will constitute an alternative ending to the widely popular Whole Enchilada, providing riders a more moderate option to the sometimes-treacherous Porcupine Rim.
Several environmental organizations and the Bureau of Land Management will take part in a two-day Leave No Trace event at Indian Creek from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20-22 at the Supercrack parking lot and Beef Basin Road turnoff.
Walt Dabney, former superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service, speaks to local outfitters and guides at an annual meeting conducted by the Bureau of Land Management Thursday, March 5. Dabney, speaking to a full room at the Grand Center, provided a history of public lands to help educate the many local hosts who provide permitted recreational use to the thousands of tourists who visit southeastern Utah.
Moab Trail Mix posted the following mud report on social media on Monday, March 9:
Permits are required to go boating on the Colorado River within Canyonlands National Park, according to a reminder from the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks.
Each spring raptors return to the Indian Creek area for nesting. Eagles, falcons and other migratory birds use shallow depressions on ledges, cliffs and rock walls, and often return to the same site year after year to raise their young.
There are only a few precious months each year when The Whole Enchilada is open for mountain biking. The popular and challenging trail, which takes thrill-seekers 34 miles downhill from the La Sal Mountains to the Colorado River, can remain closed due to snow and mud as late as mid-July or even early August. Some years, the trail is open to commercial shuttle services fewer than 10 weeks in total.
On Feb. 8 the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office and Sand Flats Recreation Area hosted an outfitter workday on the popular and iconic Hell’s Revenge 4×4 route. Volunteers from local outfitters and guides, including Moab Cowboy Country, Xtreme 4×4, Outlaw Jeep, Dan Mick’s, Highpoint Hummer, Big Iron, and Moabsherpa, joined BLM and Sand Flats staff to focus on restoring damaged areas by defining the designated route, repairing fencing, raking tracks and remarking the trail. More outfitter workdays are planned for the spring and fall.
The BLM announced today, Feb. 21, that parcels 11 and 12, located within Moab’s Sand Flats Recreation Area, will not be included in the June 2020 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The move follows pushback from the city council, county council and state officials.
For those who don’t ski or snowboard, winter in Utah can feel never-ending. But another great way to get outdoors is embarking on an afternoon or a weekend of fishing. Here are three spots that offer great fishing this month, as well as incredible views to help folks forget the cold temperatures: