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Colorado River - Moab, UT


I spent four wonderful days around Christmas together with Connie at Moab. Hiking, searching for rock art, photographing, watching movies (Lord of the Ring) and, of course, paddling. I managed to escape for three short trips with my Sea Wind on the Colorado River in the vicinity of Moab. The river was quite low (~2200 cfs @ Cisco).

12/25/03: Moab - Hall Canyon - Moab. Cloudy, dark day, not very good for photography but great for paddling. I launched at the boat ramp at Moab above the bridge, The first 5 upstream miles were quite easy, further the current was getting stronegr. I had to walk through the last shallow rapid below the Hall Canyon (too shallow to paddle). GPS trip odometer: 14.5 miles (7.6 upstream), moving time 4:17 h, moving average 3.5 mph.

12/26/03: Potash - Gold Bar (almost) - Potash. I launched at Potash landing ~17 miles below Moab. After paddling 5.6 miles upstream I decided to turn back (~0.5 mile below Gold Bar). I was afraid of the strong wind blowing upstream. Indeed, the headwind in the canyon was really brutal creating steep 2-3' waves in places with a stronger current. GPS trip odometer: 11.5 miles (5.6 upstream), moving time 3:33 h, moving average 3.2 mph, max speed 6.6 mph

12/27/03: Moab - Gold Bar - Potash. An easy downriver paddle with a stop for lunch with Connie at Gold Bar. A little breezy at some spots and quite cold. The front deck of my canoe was covered by ice. GPS trip odometer: 17.5 miles, moving time 3:06 h, moving average 5.6 mph, max speed 9.5 mph

approaching Moab

sunset at Professor Valley

one of the rapids above Big Bend
photo by COnnie Uliasz

a few miles below Moab

... from the Potash Road

above Gold Bar

below Gold Bar

rest stop

Jug Handle Arch

Moab Salt - solution mining of potash

above Potash landing

below Potash landing - wind waves!

12/29/03. A lot of ice was flowing on the river when we were leaving Utah and heading back home
Panorama of La Sal Mountains shot from Arches National Park (viewpoint near Courthouse). The Canyon of Colorado River is visible just behind a field of petrified sand dunes.

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river flow: Colorado River near Cisco

My related trips in southwest

Jerry's local river guide

River Runners' Guide to Utah ...

Belknap's Waterproof Canyonlands River Guide

Exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

River Guide to Canyonlands National Park ...

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