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Thanksgiving hiking and camping in Moab, Utah!

Well a few of us are kid less this Thanksgiving and thought that an outdoor adult trip would be fun. This will all be weather dependent of course.

The Plan: To leave out Wednesday evening (11/27) after work and drive over to Ken's lake in Moab. Will spend Wednesday through Saturday in the area and come home on Sunday.

There is a plethora of activity to do down there. From Hiking, fishing, mountain biking and offroading. Amanda and I plan on doing some mountain biking and hiking in the area with possibly one easy off road trail.

The campsites are $15 dollars a night and have toilets and picnic tables. THERE IS NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE AT THE SITE SO BRING YOUR OWN. And please bring wood for campfires.

Moab has generally mild winters but can get cold at night with snow in the higher La Sal mountains so be sure to pack appropriately. There are also several hotels in the area so you don't have to camp if you don't want to.

For the Thanksgiving feast I thought we could do it potluck style. I will be happy to cook a ham or turkey if others could bring some sides.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    On behalf of Amanda, I uploaded more photos. Thank you again Micah & Amanda. Best Thanksgiving trip. Lots to be thankful for.

    December 2, 2013

  • Richie C.

    Weather sucked but company was great ... Thanx Micah-Amanda for putting this together

    December 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Best Thanksgiving hiking and camping! Thank you Micah and Amanda, cannot wait till I go backpacking with you guys. Thanksgiving dinner was amazing, all the dishes were delicious, especially the ham.

    December 1, 2013

  • Mark

    Had a great time. Thanks Micah

    December 1, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Me andark r at Ntewer

    November 29, 2013

  • Dinah

    Is there a specific time for dinner? Ken's Lake, I'm assuming?

    November 28, 2013

    • Joe

      I think it's a loose 4:30 when everyone gets back for different hikes. But don't hold to it.

      November 28, 2013

  • Dinah

    What time are we meeting at the Moab Brewery, and how will we find each other? I was just there, thinking that we were meeting there at 5, and they don't have any reservations listed & never heard of us.

    November 27, 2013

    • Joe

      Drive faster, I have gone disco.

      1 · November 27, 2013

    • Richie C.

      Just made it to camp
      Looking forward to hiking with you Dinah

      November 28, 2013

  • Joe

    I'm in site 17 at ken's lake

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Crescent Junction

      November 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Per Micah Cresent Junction and take a left.

      November 27, 2013

  • Richie C.

    I'm not familiar with the Wooley parking lot
    What do I look for as far as you guys are concerned
    And I'll be there at 5:15 - will anyone still be there or should I just not bother to stop ?

    November 27, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Waited, but got a full car. Sorry we missed you.

      November 27, 2013

    • Richie C.

      Just to confirm -- no one is at the meetup parking lot
      Can someone please leave a message here if you gather and leave the brewery
      Thanx

      November 27, 2013

  • Joe

    Just got to camp site. Only two other campers. The rest is open

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Paul T.

    Is anyone planning on staying over the weekend and biking or hiking Sunday?

    November 27, 2013

  • Joe

    See you guys tomorrow, I will leave a light on, I just don't know which lite I will have on. The DISCO or Lanterns. :')

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Richie C.

    I saw an earlier mention of a potluck Thanksgiving dinner but I didn't see anyone mentioning items they're bringing .. Are we doing potluck or finding a place to eat on Thursday ?

    November 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I forgot to add dinner rolls to the list. Will bring some as well.

      November 26, 2013

    • heather p.

      I made tabouli.

      1 · November 26, 2013

  • Mark

    How do we go about getting a campsite? Or do we get one when we get there late at night.

    November 25, 2013

    • Mark

      Get one for. Guess heather wanted to share a site as well

      November 25, 2013

    • Joe

      Also picked up some corn and if there is anything else i can bring just let me know.

      1 · November 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tempting... though, if I drive all the way to Moab, I might have to also bring a bike. Anyone interested in biking 1 of the days?

    November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes Micah is planning a ride for Sat. I am also bringing a bike.

      November 25, 2013

    • Joe

      I have the bike packed and ready to go already.

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Nate J.

    Hi all,

    I will be leaving for Ken's Lake after work on Wednesday around 5:00pm. I would like to carpool - either as driver or passenger. I am able to accomodate one passenger in my truck, but if anyone has an empty seat I'd love to join you! I work in Golden and could meet up at Wooley Mammoth parking lot. Also, any ideas of what is needed for the Thanksgiving day pot-luck?

    November 25, 2013

    • Mark

      Nate. Meet me at wooley mammouth parking area at 530 on Wednesday. I drive a black xtetra. My phone is[masked]

      November 25, 2013

  • heather p.

    Anyone want to share a site? My tent doesn't take up much room.

    November 23, 2013

    • heather p.

      Thanks for the carpool offer, but I have to leave on Saturday...didn't think of that when I asked to share a site. Do you still want to share a site?

      November 24, 2013

    • Mark

      Sharing a site is fine. Meeting at wooly mammoth parking area around 530 if you want to follow.

      November 24, 2013

  • Mark

    I get off work at 3 on that Wednesday. I live in highlands ranch and work in Lakewood. Can leave from either place if anyone wants to ride in my vehicle. We could meet at wooley mammouth parking area off I70

    November 22, 2013

    • Richard B.

      I'll ride with you and split the gas. If you don't mind driving at night, I was thinking about driving down early Thursday morning.

      November 22, 2013

    • Mark

      I'm going Wednesday night if you want a ride. I put my number on a message earlier

      1 · November 22, 2013

  • DJ

    Assuming it's the Canyon Lands campground?

    November 22, 2013

  • Mark

    I'm retired military so might be able to get discounts on certain activities. Contact me if you want me to check on a certain activity. I can drive if anyone wants to ride with me. [masked]

    November 22, 2013

  • Richie C.

    I just checked for hotels if anyone is interested .. There is a pet friendly hotel nearby .. $79 a night .. I am a diamond member in these hotels ( Choice Hotel ) so upgrades are automatic .. For dog friendly hotels they are very clean .. If we do a hike that's not dog friendly .. You can leave your dog in the room

    November 21, 2013

    • Richie C.

      $79 a night is for two queen beds so people can share a room

      November 21, 2013

  • Richie C.

    I'm leaving from Boulder .. I have room for three more people if others want to carpool

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would so love to join you. Can't think of a better way to spend Thanksgiving but have to work. Have an awesome time.

    November 21, 2013

  • Joe

    My itinerary:
    As some of you may know I like to travel by moon lite and will be heading out late Tuesday night and stay in a rest stop south of Moab. Wednesday I will head into town and fill my water containers and have lunch, and then head to Ken's lake. And if there is a problem with spots it would be great to share my campsite.

    Are we there yet?

    November 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Micah, I can leave earlier or even take the day off too let me know.

      November 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I came in late due to our amazing snow heehee! worked from home in the am. I'll take the day off and come on over early. It will be a dead zone in our office anyway.

      1 · November 21, 2013

  • DJ

    Is this trip still open? Are the campsites first come / first serve?

    November 20, 2013

    • DJ

      Thanks Micah - This sounds like a great trip, I'll see if I can make it happen.

      November 21, 2013

    • DJ

      BTW - I see that your pic is in the Narrows - I just did that trip to to bottom in September and it was awesome!

      November 21, 2013

  • Joe

    I have been looking for showers I can use in Moab. Here are two sites that we can drop in and take a shower for 4 bucks. And they also have water to fill your water jugs.


    Pack Creek Mobile Home Park
    1520 S Murphy Ln, Moab, UT ‎
    (435)[masked] ‎ · packcreekcampground.com
    Water and showers 4 bucks and water

    Slick Rock Campground
    1301 N Hwy 191, Moab, UT ‎
    (435)[masked] ‎ · slickrockcampground.com
    (435)[masked]
    $4.00 Showers for NonCampers

    November 14, 2013

    • Joe

      Yeah, I have a little dog, Sam is a Silky Terrier. It's still up in the air if he will be coming. If he does it sounds like he will have a girlfriend there. : )

      1 · November 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Micah has already approved the additional seat for my girl. So, she will most likely be there to hike and play ;). Marbella and Sam can hang out. She's not an out of control one, she's very friendly, and playful.

      1 · November 20, 2013

  • Dinah

    I found a great website with pictures of severral dog-friendly Moab hikes:
    http://www.watsonswander.com/2013/dog-friendly-hiking-in-moab/

    The following site has the elevation gain & distance for those hikes:
    http://www.discovermoab.com/hiking.htm

    1 · November 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Dinah - I'm not sure if I'm more excited for myself or my girl ;). She's tiny but she's strong ;).

      1 · November 20, 2013

  • Lisa

    I must ask my standard question....are dogs allowed in Moab?

    September 19, 2013

    • Lisa

      Sweet! But can't commit yet - might have visitors in town..but now I'm hoping they don't come until AFTER Thanksgiving :)

      September 19, 2013

    • Dinah

      Dogs are not allowed on hiking trails in any of the National Parks, as far as I know. You can have them in a car, and the turnouts, but not on the trails.

      November 12, 2013

  • heather p.

    I'm interested in joining y'all. I see that you're bringing a dog. Are you doing dog-friendly hikes or do you know somewhere in Moab to park your pup when hiking in Arches? I have an old lab that I'd like to bring.

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first Thanksgiving away from the family back in Chicago. Really looking forward to it! I'd love to drive with someone. I can absolutely take my car, but if anyone wants to drive with me, let me know!

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Micha! Absolutely. I'm really looking forward to future meet ups and meeting everyone!

      November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Micah

      November 8, 2013

  • Joe

    Are we there yet?

    November 3, 2013

  • Alissa M.

    I'm putting a yes assuming my boss will give me the Friday off to meet there.

    October 21, 2013

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