Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Horsethief Campground

We signed up for one more day but really didn't need to. Joe called a repair place in town and then a tow company who took the Jeep to it to be fixed. Joe took his bike but had barely gotten back when we call a call that the Jeep was fixed It just turned out to be a bushing on the drive shaft that came out. Moab 4x4 Outlaw, the repair shop, only charged us a small amount.  We would definitely recommend them to anyone that is in this area. We just took it easy the rest of the day, only leaving the campground for supplies.
The next morning we left for Horsethief Campground, which is 4 miles before the entry to the Island of the Sky District of the Canyonlands National Park They have about 60 sites and many that are big enough for large RVs We picked a nice spot that was quite large

We got set up and had lunch We then decided to take a drive into the Park. Canyonlands just celebrated its 47th birthday as a national park about 10 days ago. There are many overlooks with great views. One is Green River Overlook, where you can see the Green River, which along with the Colorado River, carved out the landscape.

We also drove to the Upheaval Dome, which can be reached by a short 1 and 1/2 mile walk. It was uphill and a good work out.      Upheaval Dome contains rock layers unlike any in the surrounding area. Scientists still debate whether this oddity is the remnant of a meteorite impact or a salt dome.

We got back and had dinner, followed by a beautiful sunset Even more beautiful  was the dark sky later that night. The campground is far from any lights and the sky was filled with stars and the milky way was clearly visable as well.  I wish I could have gotten a picture of that



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