Beartooth Scenic Byway

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I remember driving this a few years back. I stumbled onto this picture and brief article today(www.fs.usda.gov) that reminded me I need to do this again. The cloud line was not nearly this high when I went, but it was still absolutely breath-taking.

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is filled with special places, too numerous to list all.  Here are a couple featured areas. 

Launching out of Red Lodge, MT on the Beartooth Ranger District this breathtaking 68-mile drive winds from dark dense forest up to the top of windswept tundra dotted with lakes.  Claimed as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Highways,” you will never forget this drive from Red Lodge, MT through the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park and accessing Cooke City, MT.

Closed Seasonally during Winter – two lane road.

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Adventure Bound River Expeditions

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A few posts back, I talked about our great camping spot in Moab. What I didn’t mention was the awesome chance meeting we had with our neighbor. This gentleman and his wife were camping at Gold Bar campground for a reason; Adventure Bound River Expeditions. They live in Grand Junction, CO. Which is less than a 2 hour drive from Moab. They were familiar with this particular area because the gentleman had spent the last several years dropping off rafters right down the road. He couldn’t have come over and introduced himself at a better time because we had just been wondering out loud to one another where all the rafters that had been passing by were headed? I said ” I wonder if those rafts travel all the way to the confluence?” The answer: They sure do!

Adventure Bound takes people all over the Green and the Colorado rivers! You get to pick how long of a trip you want, where you want to start and end, and they literally do the rest! Some of the starting points and destinations include Flaming Gorge, Steamboat Springs, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Colorado National Monument, and  lake Powell! Talk about a dream come true. The day I got home, I booked a trip for this time next year. Its going to be torture waiting that long, but sometimes the anticipation is half the fun!

Be sure to check these guys out! www.adventureboundusa.com

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With over 50 years of exceptional professionally-guided river rafting trips in Colorado and Utah, Adventure Bound has the experience to offer the best rafting vacations in the west. Since our start in 1963, Adventure Bound has specialized in multi-day rafting trips in the beautiful remote wilderness areas of America. Our all-inclusive trips will give you something you won’t find in other vacations; The total escape from the hectic world, completely free of distractions.

Backpacking the Grand Tetons

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The Teton Crest Trail runs through the alpine zone west of the summits, with amazing views of the soaring peaks that make up the Teton Range! 

Teewinot: 12,325-foot

 Middle Teton: 12,804-foot

Mt. Owen: 12,928-foot

Grand Teton: , and 13,700-foot 

You don’t really get a grasp for the glory of the peaks while just driving US191 through the Grand Teton National Park (although the drive IS amazing). So if you are looking for something more challenging and a way to really disconnect from the general flow of traffic, try this one on for size

The trail totals in 32.6 miles (via Cascade Canyon Trail) and is definitely not for the faint of heart. To find the trailhead from Jackson, go north 12 miles; turn left on Teton Park Rd. In 8.5 miles, turn left on Jenny Lake Rd. In 2.5 miles, turn left on String Lake Rd. Park in .3 mile.

As always with backpacking, plan ahead! Bring plenty of food and water and be sure to have your permits which you can get at:  www.nps.gov

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Spring Means Babies

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As those of you who follow this blog know, the 191 crew has been out the last 2 months traveling the beautiful scenic highway via car, back-packing, river, hiking, biking, camping, and any other ways you can think of to enjoy this amazing stretch of the west. Now that we are back to civilization and are able to compile our data, we are ready to show you all that we have discovered!

With Spring always comes a sense of new beginnings; wild flowers in bloom, fresh green on the mountain sides, and holy babies! We were greeted by baby bison, small fawns, baby cattle of all kinds, and the best of them all? Baby grizzly’s! The grizzly sow with three cubs making appearances between Gibbon Falls and Beryl Spring, on Yellowstone’s west side! It is funny at that age and size, they seem almost cuddle-able. Of course this is not the case, but they sure were fun to look at.

*If you happen to get a glance at these cute cubs, be sure yo contact the DNR if they are not already present. babygrizzlys

Zipline Moab!

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One activity that definitely got added to my bucket list while in Moab was the zip-line that went in not too long ago! I have heard nothing but great things about Ravens Rim Zip-line Adventure. The crew and I had this on our list for this trip, but simply ran out of time. I’d love some feedback from anyone who has coasted on this wild ride. We saw them sail overhead while on the bike path and the sounds coming from all of the thrilled customers sounded like sheer joy and exhilaration! Below is a description form their website of what the tour offers and a map. To book with them, visit : www.ravensrim.com

The course begins with Sneak Peak; a short 280-ft zip line with views dominated by to the La Sal Mountain Range of southeastern Utah, rising 12,721 ft above sea level.

 Cross over a natural bridge, home to a newly forming arch and onto B-Line, a 360-ft line which spans two red rock fins.

 Ready for more?!?zipline.moab

 The 110-ft long suspension bridge is our own engineering marvel!  Steadily walk the narrow planks as you peer through perforated treads below your feet.  Back to terra firma!  The foot path weaves through some of nature’s finest wonders; potholes! Some measuring more than 50-ft deep, they are a geological marvel! Also known as Tenaya’s, these are naturally occurring depressions in the sandstone that are home to organisms that have survived millions of years.

 Leaving pothole ridge,Tenaya Take-Off lands on another sandstone ridge, 450-ft from your departure.

 And now for Holy Zip, 1280-ft long, high above the desert basin.

 Ready for some wind beneath the wings? Fly across Cliff Jumper. Just 420-ft but with plenty of speed.

 And now the grand finale.  Home Run will fly you over 1,300-ft of desert terrain. Wave to the bikers below as you cruise over the world-renowned Slickrock Bike Trail.

Adventure time!

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The 191 crew is happy to announce that we will be out exploring parts of 191 for hiking, fishing, rock climbing, river adventures, camping and so much more for the next 3 weeks! This might make posting a little difficult being that part of what makes these spots so grand is being completely disconnected with the outside world (no service), or rather very connected to the outside, depending on how you look at it. Please stay tuned for great information upon our return.

The Secret Is Out

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The Other day I typed in US 191 on my Google search just to see what other information is out there regarding this beautiful stretch of US Highway. I was actually slightly surprised seeing that CNN Money had released the following article almost a year ago. When I started this website in 2012, there was nothing that came up in my google search about US191 besides the standard wikipedia definition. I think it is crazy awesome that a big company like CNN is giving it the recognition that it deserves.

Fell free to read about what they had to say about US191 on here, but also click the link to see what other American  road trips made the list!

http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2014/07/16/road-trips/

Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Arizona

A photo I took of Canyon De Chelly four years ago

6 Great American Road Trips

U.S. 191: Utah to Arizona

  • Trip length: 197 miles from Moab, UT, to Chinle, AZ

The scenery along Route 191 is spectacular any time of year. This red-rock country is a geological fairyland of arches, slot canyons, natural bridges and balancing rocks.

The road bisects the Colorado Plateau, which boasts one of the highest concentrations of national parks, monuments and recreational areas in the country. Just off 191 are Arches and Canyonlands National Parks; a short drive away are natural bridges, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon.

Outside Chinle, Ariz., lies Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “shay”) National Monument. This Navajo land features old cliff dwellings and Spider Rock, a thin sandstone spire that soars 750 feet from the canyon bed.

The scenic trails in Utah’s national parks lure many hikers. Be sure to wear some red to attract hummingbirds. There’s also whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking.

5th Water Hot Springs, UT

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Diamond ForkWhile I was in Utah for Easter Jeep Safari, I figured I might as well cross a few other items off my “Utah-Must Do” list. One of these destinations is a beautiful 15 pool hot spring that I’ve been gawking about on my Pintrest page for over a year now. Okay, so 5th Water Hot Springs is just about an hour from 191, but it’s way too amazing not to blog about. To get there, I traveled south on I-15 from Salt Lake City and then got off on Hwy 6 in Spanish Fork. There was a sign for Diamond Fork that led 10 miles back on a windy road to where we parked to begin the 2.5 mile hike up the hot springs. Let me say, it was worth all of the 2.5 mile hike; I would do it again even if it was 10 miles! During the entire trek up, the gorgeous flowing river is on your right subtly changing colors from a deep blue, to an almost tropical green, and then to a glacier like icy blue. The water at that point is anything but icy though. By the time is reaches that light blue shade, you can smell the sulfur and see the steam rising from the stream. As if this view wasn’t spectacular enough, to “top” it all off, a breathtaking waterfall! The waterfall towers 20-ish feet high and is an invigorating place to cool off when you get too hot in the spring pools. All of the soak stations vary in temperature, ironically the hottest being right under the chilly waterfall . So if being blasted with cold water isn’t what you had in mind to cool off, simply move downstream. This sight seriously is one of the most beautiful and most relaxing I’ve experienced in Utah. Definitely something to add to your “must-do” list if it;s not on there already .5th Water Hot Spring

On a last note, of course nothing this beautiful is a secret, so do not be discouraged when the parking lot is full. There is a constant cycle of people in and out of the pools. You will get a turn and even if you have to wait a few minutes, it is beyond worth the wait.

Easter Jeep Safari Shirts

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Did you miss your chance to get an Easter Jeep Safari shirt at the vendor expo in Moab? You are in luck! We still have a few left. There is a few of each color left in both Mens and Womens. Also, we’ll be running the EJS special online; 1 for $20 or 2 for $30. Send me an email if you are interested. Info@US191.com

EJS Logo Back Tag

EJS Logo Back Tag

 

Some History of Moab; Sunset Grill

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The Charlie Steen Story

The Sunset Grill is in the former home of Uranium King Charlie Steen.  In the early 1950s Moab was a small farming community.  Arches and Canyonlands were places only a lucky few experienced.  In 1952 Charles A. Steen, geologist and prospector, put Moab on the world map.

The Atomic Energy Commission was offering a $10,000 reward for finding domestic uranium. Charlie had the knowledge and skills it would take to locate the uranium. While other miners were content gathering small amounts of surface deposits around Moab, Charlie wanted more. After three long years of searching with his family nearly destitute, and his resources expended, he made his final attempt to extract ore samples 240 feet beneath the earth’s surface.

Having broken his drill bit at 180 feet, he went into town.  He stopped for gas, not realizing what lay in the back of his jeep, ore samples he found at 70 feet.  The attendant approached the jeep with a Geiger counter.  They were both surprised by the activity it created.  It was July 3rd, 1952 and Charlie had finally hit his “paydirt.”

Life of course changed dramatically for the Steens.  They went from using a washboard in the river to having their laundry flown by Charlie’s private pilot to Grand Junction, Colorado.  Every year there was a new red Lincoln Continental, and because of poor television reception in Moab, Charlie put a television in his plane, and would fly his family over Moab to watch their favorite shows.

Charlie was a generous person.  He donated property to local schools and churches.  He built “Steenville,” a housing development for his employees, and offered low interest mortgage loans.  Charlie also bought a mountain and built his dream home.  Complete with green house, servants quarters, and the largest swimming pool in the state.  Roses lined the street below and flowers grew everywhere.  Longtime locals can tell of his $50,000 poker game, rubbing noses with celebrities like Henry Fonda, or even an “I Love Lucy” episode, where Lucy tries to get Ricky to join her in the hunt for uranium.

After 9 successful years, Charlie moved his family from Moab to a 22,000-sq. ft. house in Reno, Nevada.  After years of living in a true millionaires fashion, Charlie and his wife M.L., moved from Reno to Colorado.  They have passed on now, but will always be remembered as Moab’s most famous millionaire.

Charlie’s former home is now the Sunset Grill.  Come up and see the the “Million Dollar View” he created.   On display at the restaurant are 3-foot replicas of Charlie’s discovery boots, cast in bronze.

The Clayton family invites you to join us for an enjoyable evening at Charlie’s.  So come up and experience “Dining above the Rest.”

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