Canyoneering and canyon hiking - Robber's Roost

  • May 24, 2014 · 7:00 AM

Canyoneering and canyon hiking - Robber's Roost 

    Historical Land of Outlaws - Now a hotbed of outdoor recreation

Canyoneering will be great this time of year in The Roost. Any water we encounter (let's hope there is some to cool us off) will be warm and canyons will be a nice shelter from June sun, as well as beautiful in their own right. 

We now have a camping plan:

I had been debating where to camp in Robbers Roost. There is one main spot canyoneers like to go referred to as Motel 6, a derelict building with that name painted on one wall. There are many other smaller sites, some with juniper trees and some with no trees at all. In all that big area called Robbers Roost on the sketch map above, there is one sit-down toilet; and that one is just a pit with a concrete structure over it in a trailhead parking lot

Well, one of the group members sent me a message saying 'hey we camped at Duke's Slickrock Campground right in Hanksville and it was great' so . . .

that is where the group will camp (unless you opt to go elsewhere and just meet us for activities. There is plenty of FREE dispersed camping on BLM land all over southern Utah)

Dukes Slick Rock/RV and Campground 
275 East Highway 24 Hanksville, Utah 84734 
Phone is (435)[masked]

One of the members of Backpackers MeetUp has negotiated a $10/tent group rate for the campground. That includes showers. When you arrive, just tell the staff you are with WSA or Backpackers to get the $10/tent group rate.

Robbers Roost is a very spread out area. It is difficult to find one central location that gives good access to all or even many of the different canyon areas.

By camping right in Hanksville we have a number of advantages, including:

• Easy to find camp spot (in the Roost roads go every which way and it is easy to get lost looking for fellow campers)

• Access to gasoline (in the Roost you can burn a lot of gas going from one point to another and still have to come to Hanksville to fill up, especially those who are planning on 3 days)

• Restroom facilities at Duke's include indoor, flush toilets (there is one pit toilet in the whole Robbers Roost area) and  showers.

• Camping on grass or for those with RVs, etc level ground and hook-ups.

• Those who want to go to the Roost can do that and if others want to hike or canyoneer off other directions, Hanksville is centrally located for that too.

• Cold beverages - access to ice to chill your water, suds or other items all the way to Monday.



WHEN:

You can come for one, two or all three days of the Holiday weekend. There will be canyoneering and hiking going on each day. Nothing is formally organized for you so please read the information on-line, bring any canyon, hike or other activity descriptions you want to do with you. This is a shared adventure weekend; like all of our meetup events, it is not a guided activity.

WHAT to DO:

My first choice is always technical canyoneering. I will list a wealth of canyoneering resources and suggested canyons down below.

Depending on condition of the roads, there are many canyons and a handful of hikes that can be done in this area. If you have a high clearance vehicle (and fill-up on gas in Green River) hikers can go all the way to access points for day hiking or backpacking into The Maze. Other suggested day hikes can be found in the Road Trip Ryan resource below. 

Geocaching is another option for weekend events. 

We will need persons to volunteer to be the organizer of various events this weekend so in the comments section of this page, please post what you want to do and if you are willing to help make that happen.

BRING:

• Everything you want, need &/or usually bring for car camping, plus"

• Tables that can be used for your food prep and share for any group meals (think Saturday night potluck maybe?)

• Camp chairs

• All the ICE you will want or need for the weekend since it's a long drive to Hanksville or Green River

• Shade Tarps of any sort and lots of stakes & poles to make and keep them wind-proof

• Water - at least 1 gallon/person/day. More is suggested. 

• Sun & Bug protection. There is almost always sun. It can never be predicted if there may be bugs

• Gloves especially if you are doing technical canyons but even for scrambling hikes to protect from abrasion on sandstone

• First aid kit since we are a long way from anywhere (small for pack and larger for car or camp?) Include needle nose pliers or other ways to remove cactus thorns; a possibility on UT hikes almost no matter where you go.

NON-TECHNICAL CANYONS:

There are, within an hour's drive, non-technical canyons that give you the slot canyon experience i.e. 

Little Wild Horse & Bell - classic. Most Utah canyoneers began right here

Ding & Dang - then from Little Wild Horse they progressed to this. And, from here, Moonshine Wash then beyond if you are hooked.

Crack Canyon (I have not done this one so cannot tell you anything but what is written)

Moonshine Wash is another canyon that is infrequently visited that will give you the 'feel' of canyoneering with very little of the commitment of more serious stuff. A high clearance vehicle can shorten the walk by about 1.25 miles each direction but you can access this canyon with any vehicle.

For HIKES:

Horseshoe Canyon with its beauty and its spectacular rock art is a MUST SEE/DO in this area.

Wild Horse Window is about 2-3 hours round trip and very worthwhile

RESOURCES (General):

• Road Trip Ryan (formerly AJ Road Trips) has a wealth of suggested technical canyons and a handful of hikes

Heat safety awareness (it can be HOT in desert Utah this time of year, yeah!)


RESOURCES (technical canyoneering)

• Blue John East and Main Forks (a blog report)

• 13er Girl For the best collection of photos of all the canyons she has done 

• BOGLEY.com trips reports from far & wide including Robbers Roost

• CLIMB-UTAH.com here is the index list of canyon descriptions & 2 hikes

Canyoneering gear according to Shane Boroughs of Climb-Utah

• Technical Canyoneering Primer adapted from Climb-Utah

                        ***ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of RISK***

We ask each participant to please read the A of R. If you are in agreement with it; come on along. 


CONTACT: 

Doug Van Etten  [masked]

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  • Doug Van E.

    Duke's Slickrock Campground gets 5-Stars from me and I am sure I will stay there again. Having that nice restroom, picnic tables, grass, a grocery store a 1/4 mile away all make it nice. Distances from Hanksville are pretty reasonable too: 25-30 miles to many of the North Wash &/or Trachyte (Hwy 276) canyons. 18 miles to the turn from Hwy 24 into either Robbers Roost or San Rafael Swell. 45 miles to Capitol Reef Natl Park.

    2 · May 26, 2014

    • jeana k

      I am glad you had a great weekend. I can't wait to meet up with you soon!

      May 27, 2014

  • Sandy

    Thanks Doug, for organizing and taking us on a "first descent" of Wild Colt Canyon! Still working on the four stages of wuss-dom. Will keep you posted....

    May 26, 2014

  • Kathryn

    Doug is a great organizer. Very warm, social and concerned for everyone's safety. I will definitely be back.

    May 26, 2014

  • Yie

    Great group of people to canyoneering with, just bummed out the weather limited us to do more.

    May 26, 2014

  • Adam B.

    Thanks for organizing, Doug. We had a great time!

    May 26, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Nice photos, Adam and Mel.

    May 26, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Got rained and mudded out of Robbers Roost and instead enjoyed canyons south of Hanksville off both highways 95 and 276. Introduced some new people to canyoneering, divided into 3 groups one day, 2 groups the next day. By Monday one group was left to hike to Wild Horse Window then take an overland route that led us down what I am calling Wild Colt Canyon to the floor of Wild Horse Canyon and back to the cars.Wild Cold had a a smaller version of the Wild Horse Window, DEEP potholes and clean green water in those rocky tanks. I would like to go back with a rope and gear to practice rappelling into water and pothole escapes (with safe easy emergency exits).

    May 26, 2014

  • Adam M.

    Has anyone seen more details on storm forecast?

    May 23, 2014

    • joel c.

      20-30% chance. We just have to keep our eyes peeled.

      May 23, 2014

  • Jerry Y.

    DISSAPOINTED...I've been looking forward to this weekend for months. Unfortunately I have a knee that's just not going to be happy crawling around on rocks. Have fun out there and be safe everyone.

    May 23, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    INTERMEDIATE EXPERIENCED canyoneers wanted to go to Robbers Roost on SATURDAY to do one of the following (or others we may choose). Plan to leave camp in Hanksville no later than 8 AM to drive to the Roost.

    Alcatraz http://www.roadtripryan.com/go/t/utah/robbers-roost/alcatraz

    Larry file:///C:/Users/Douglas/Downloads/larrycanyon-robbers-roost.pdf

    North Fork of Robbers Roost http://www.roadtripryan.com/go/t/utah/robbers-roost/north-fork-robbers-roost

    Blue John (combinations of one fork down/ another fork back up) file:///C:/Users/Douglas/Downloads/blue-john-robbers-roost-robbers-roost.pdf

    Down load these 2 new apps for great info on your smart phone - descriptions of canyons and hikes with maps. Only $5/app.
    http://www.roadtripryan.com/go/android/

    May 20, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Alcatraz is a very narrow, challenging canyon on the calendar for Saturday. It may involve climbing high, stemming 15 or more feet above the ground. It may be very claustrophobic and it may require use of headlamps be each person. Knee and elbow pads are expected to be needed. This will be a 'small pack' canyon and rough on clothing. I suggest watching one or more of the You Tube videos on this canyon https://www.google.com...­

      May 22, 2014

    • Carl

      Looks fun. Have not gone skinny in a while.

      May 23, 2014

  • Connie

    You all have a great weekend......due to a situation, I will not be going :(

    May 22, 2014

  • Carl

    Whoever is camping friday night, would you make some kind of sign letting this late comer know which campsite is ours. Sign on road by cars or something. 11 to 12am I plan to show up and do nott think the campground people will be around.

    May 22, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      We will be in the grassy area behind Duke's Slickrock Steakhouse. There is a lot of grassy area back there and I do not know that we will all be consolidated, Carl. As you come into Hanks.... turn RIGHT (not left) where UT 24 & 95 meet there by the Rock House. Duke's will be less than 1/4 mile to the right and just off Hwy 24. We will be back behind there.

      May 22, 2014

  • joel c.

    I'm really looking forward to this weekend. I have enough experience/gear to lead a canyon. My minivan is not high clearance... Up for any canyon with good beta, and a GPS to get us there. I'll be arriving late Friday, so Saturday early is my best planning time. See you in hanksville!!

    May 22, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      I just RSVPed you for Alcatraz on Saturday.

      May 22, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      It has limited spaces. I would like to keep it to 8 people between the 2 meetup groups, maybe 10 at the most.

      May 22, 2014

  • Adam M.

    Can't wait!

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • joel c.

    This is a fabulous area for great canyoneering. If this is your first trip, canyoneering needs research. You need specific gear. Some canyons are harder than others. Some require longer rope. You need to know what you are getting into, because once in a canyon you usually cannot get out any way but down. And if your gear is insufficient, you are really stuck. Do some research. I have some extra gear, but not enough for everyone. And they do not fit every body... Know before you go. If these kids are not comfortable allowing the rope to support on a rapell, they need to get there before they are in a canyon. We want a great, fun weekend with no crazy accidents. Let's have fun with proper preparation!

    2 · May 14, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Sunday I would be willing to take newbies into something like one of the Maidenwater Canyons down south of Hanksville off UT Hwy 276. On Monday anyone who was still around might want to go do some of the Angel Point - Angel Cove canyons just 10 miles south of Hanksville and off the highway to the left. These are mostly pretty easy and very scenic from what I can recall doing a few of them.

      May 20, 2014

    • joel c.

      I'll arrive late Friday and leave Sunday afternoon. I'm up for anything!!

      May 22, 2014

  • Carl

    Work until 6 pm by slc airport driving down that night. Have to be back for work 645 pm sunday. If any passengers interested in that time frame let me know.

    May 22, 2014

    • Carl

      Leaving friday night return sunday afternoon.

      May 22, 2014

  • Debbi

    I am SO bummed to say that our plans have fallen through. I am REALLY bummed because I SO appreciate the effort you have gone to to plan this and accommodate our levels. We had planned a Saturday canyoneering trip with Melissa
    Get In The Wild Adventure Specialist
    (818) 381- WILD
    www.getinthewild.com
    www.facebook.com/getinthewild
    that there are now 4 available spaces in. It's $82 per person and they have all the gear and will lead beginners in technical canyons (clarify that) if anyone's interested. Have a GREAT time!!!!

    May 21, 2014

  • Adam B.

    Any groups planning on heading to Blarney on saturday please message me. I was really hoping to introduce my girlfriend to canyoneering with something simple and saturday will be our only day. We will be fun, responsible company.

    May 20, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Adam how about if you be the contact person for Blarney and we post it as its own event for Saturday? If that is the case, what time do you want everyone to meet up at the campsite in Hanksville?

      May 21, 2014

    • Adam B.

      Doug, thanks for setting up the other event for Blarney. Great idea. Hopefully we can get an experienced leader as I would not be comfortable leading the group, especially with many beginners.

      May 21, 2014

  • Jerry Y.

    I'm interested in Robbers Roost. I've done Larry and part of Blue John. I'm having knee problems and am still evaluating things. May have to pass. I'll stay in touch. Will likely drive from Junction on Friday evening.

    May 20, 2014

  • Yie

    I would like to do the canyoneering. I've done that once in Zion a few years ago but I'm a rock climber myself if I'm still qualified with that? This will be the first time I will meet up with the group. Is anyone I can carpool with from salt lake? I'll be driving from Idaho falls. Let me know if anyone has a spot for me. Thanks and look forward meeting you all!

    May 19, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Be sure to bring a HELMET, harness, rappel device, 2-4 locking carabiners and a safety tether or some webbing to make one. Cotton face-rubber back gloves are nice to prevent sandstone abrasion on the palms and fingers. Buy those for $5-8 at a hardware store or wait and buy them for the same prices at Stan's Gas, Convenience, Canyoneering Supply and Burger Shack in Hanksville.

      1 · May 20, 2014

    • Yie

      Thanks Doug! Look forward to canyoneering with you guys!

      May 20, 2014

  • Hilary

    Hey Doug, you mentioned wanting to do technical canyons in the area but I see only non-technical and hikes are listed. Are you planning on any technical canyons this weekend?

    May 11, 2014

    • jeana k

      Goblins lair is great!

      May 20, 2014

    • jeana k

      Goblins lair is great!

      May 20, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Other technical canyon options in Robbers Roost might include:

    Not Mindbender file:///C:/Users/Douglas/Downloads/notmindbender-robbers-roost.pdf

    Mindbender http://www.roadtripryan.com/go/t/utah/robbers-roost/mindbender-canyon

    Maybe Mindbender http://www.roadtripryan.com/go/t/utah/robbers-roost/maybemindbender

    Northeast Fork of TCB (a short easy one to fill out an afternoon) file:///C:/Users/Douglas/Downloads/northeasttcb-robbers-roost.pdf

    May 20, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    BRING LARGE SHADE TARPS to go over your tent &/or personal or group gathering areas. There is very little shade so plan to make your own shade. You will need to bring poles, cord and tent stakes to erect tarps and they have to either be well set up or taken down in the event of high winds that can blow in the UT desert.

    May 20, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    We are getting close - what questions do you still have? Those who want to canyoneer MUST have a HELMET. Read elsewhere about what gear you need. I also suggest volleyball or wrestling (not hard plastic) knee and elbow pads. They are $5-10 at Target or other places. Sandstone likes to eat skin. Bring FIREWOOD even though I am not sure what the campfire arrangement may be.

    Those who have not canyoneered but want to, I suggest you find someone to take you to Blarney Canyon on Saturday. I will organize beginner-friendly canyons on Sunday and Monday but I only want those who have done at least a few rappels before. We also need to keep group size for any one canyon to 12 or less per BLM management guidelines.

    May 20, 2014

  • Kathryn

    Doug- I have done a lot of rock climbing in the past (following, not leading) and am comfortable with rappels. I have a harness and helmet and will bring bike gloves. Anything else I need to know to join in the canyoneering? I have a Honda Minivan, all wheel drive (seats 7- less with gear), but not high clearance. I live in Sandy- can I get a ride with anyone with a high clearance vehicle?

    May 6, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      You will need a rappel device, 2-4 carabiners, some odds and ends of webbing and a pack that can carry 3 quarts of water or that size water bladder. Days can get hot and running out of water is not good. Bring clothes that can be toss out when you are done - sandstone does that sometimes. Bring volleyball knee & elbow pass ($5/ pair or so at many outlets).

      May 11, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      That was KNEE & ELBOW PADS

      May 20, 2014

  • Brian E.

    Kathryn,
    I have a Nissan Xterra that I'll be driving down and you're welcome to ride with me. Doug, do we have a camp location yet?

    May 6, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Camp location is Duke's Slickrock Campground right in Hanksville, Brian. $10/night/tent includes a shower and a grassy place to pitch your tent. Bring a shade tarp since there are few trees at this camp area. People who do not want this arrangement are welcome to camp elsewhere then join us for activities.

      May 20, 2014

  • Kathryn

    When are you driving down? I would love to catch a ride. I live in Sandy, happy to chip in on gas.

    May 10, 2014

    • Brian E.

      Since the time Doug posted is 7:00 a.m. Saturday, I expect we'll head down Friday. I guess it depends on when we want to get there - 7:00ish Friday night? I guesstimate 4-4.5 hours drive from Sandy?

      May 12, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      YES Brian --- coming down Friday night is the plan of choice. I am glad you mentioned that.

      May 20, 2014

  • Miriam Fernanda R.

    That sounds soo fun!! I am new in this group and very fresh. I don't have a gear!! Someone help me with what I need!? Borrow? Can wait to meet new fun people

    May 14, 2014

    • Miriam Fernanda R.

      Thank You Jeane, I will look for that

      May 14, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      If you go to a shop in the SLC area called Out n Back, they will set you up with exactly what you need. As I have said in other places on here, I am willing to take a group on Sunday &/or Monday to do some basic though very fun canyons. I suggest you go someplace - find 4 -8 others to go with from the group this weekend - and go to Blarney Canyon for a Saturday introduction. Here is a link to Blarney canyon information http://www.roadtripry...­

      May 20, 2014

  • Debbi

    Hi Mel, how old are your kids? Mine are 11 and 13. We have canyoneered, but Keith, my boyfriend, never has. I don't know enough to lead anything, however, and I'm clueless about the area.

    April 30, 2014

    • Mel W.

      Girls, but they're only a little girly :)

      May 14, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      I am willing to organize "easy canyons" on both Sunday and Monday however I want to do a more serious canyon on Saturday. I suggest you find someone who has been there and go south of Hanksville to do the Left Fork of Blarney. The walk in in only about 340 minutes, there are a few straight forward rappels and some fun though never very tough down climbing. If you do something like this on Saturday, I will organize other stuff on Sunday &/or Monday. Here is a link to the printed info on Blarney http://www.roadtripry...­

      May 20, 2014

  • Hilary

    Hey, have any of you been to LWH in the last few days? My boss wants to take his little kiddos there as an intro to southern Utah. Is it pretty dry?

    May 15, 2014

    • Carl

      I was there maybe 3 weeks ago. Bone dry. Do not know anything recent.

      May 15, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Most of what we have seen in recent weeks is dry or very close to. It rained heavy a week ago in some places so . . . no way to know for sure. But, what is the concern. . . kids and muddy water. That is what LWH is there for :-)

      May 20, 2014

  • Ellen Y.

    This is my first event with you guys and I'm really excited! Question about accommodations... I called dukes to reserve a tent site. They said they are booked. I mentioned backpackers anonymous and she said there is a group site reserved for us where approx 20 tents will be staying. She added me to the list but is that ok? Is that for anyone in our group? Thx!

    May 20, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      You are fine doing what you did. I have a feeling we will have 20 or more tents so letting them know there is even more interest is good. Please post a recognizable photo of yourself on your member page and we will see you at Duke's Friday night.

      May 20, 2014

  • Brian E.

    Yie, I live in Logan, UT - about 2 hours south of Idaho Falls. If you want to meet me in Logan or somewhere close you're welcome to ride with me. I'm also stopping in Sandy to pick up another adventurer on the way south.

    May 19, 2014

    • Yie

      Awesome, Brian! I will send you a private message with my number and see what's your plan. Thanks!

      May 19, 2014

  • Connie

    I live in Salt Lake and would like a ride on Friday and Monday to and from Hanksville. Anyone have a Prius and need some gas money? or other. I still plan on going - though job possibilities may change that...but not looking like it. Looking forward to this trip, Doug and others were great to explore some of the Irish Canyons with earlier this year.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Dave

    Anyone heading back towards SLC Sunday evening?

    May 17, 2014

  • Brian E.

    Kathryn and Jola, as mentioned I have space for us to ride down Friday together. I'm all-in for Saturday and Sunday then am inclined to head back north Monday morning. Thoughts?

    May 14, 2014

    • Jola

      I am currently on the fence due to personal issues (70 % sure). If I go, I may want to stay longer on Monday if I find a ride back.

      May 14, 2014

    • Jola

      Final decision has been made- not gonna make it to this one. Sorry.

      May 15, 2014

  • Carl

    Any thoughts on technical canyons? I have been to many of the north wash canyons and want to explore robbers roost for a change. Experienced canyoneer who would like a more challenging weekend. Decision to attend will be a last minute decision. Work may be ending. Doug knows my experience level.

    May 15, 2014

    • Jerry Y.

      Carl. I'd be interested in some more technical canyons. I've done a couple canyons in Robbers Roost. That area is a mass of roads that can be confusing with out good maps and a GPS. It's also a ways from Hanksville. It can take some time just to get to Motel 6 and then a while to get to a chosen canyon from there. I don't know the area enough to guide anything. If we studied some beta from the area maybe we could plan something. I'm game

      May 15, 2014

  • joel c.

    I will bring all my extra gear if anyone needs to borrow or buy any. I gave several harnesses, ATCs, helmets etc. looking forward to it!

    April 23, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      That is awesome and generous, Joel. Thanks.

      April 30, 2014

    • joel c.

      Bike will work. Climbing is better. It is designed to take impact from the top rather than the sides. Predominantly. Any is better than nothing.

      May 14, 2014

  • Debbi

    I love it, only a little girly ... This will be great fun for all the kids! And, you other adults, my kids are cool. No whining, screeching, etc

    May 14, 2014

  • Debbi

    We are 2 adults and 2 kids so will drive on our own to Hanksville. Don't have much gear. I have a harness; no one else does. I have a rope but few caribeners. We would love to do some real canyoneering but will need serious help. I'm a good belayer. See y'all at the campground! Mel - I hope your daughter's health issue clears up :(

    May 13, 2014

    • Mel W.

      :) Thanks...just a few kidney issues that hopefully won't be a problem. She's getting some testing done this week, so I'll know more next week.

      May 14, 2014

    • Mel W.

      I agree with Loren, my kids would probably benefit from similar canyons.

      May 14, 2014

  • Kathryn

    That sounds good to me, my address is 8161 South 865 East Sandy, 84094. If anyone else is down this way we can meet at my house, or I can park somewhere near I 15 - let me know when and where. I will be there. [masked]

    May 12, 2014

  • jeana k

    I just stayed at Dudes slick rock campground when I did Hogwarts last weekend . Great tent camping and good bathrooms. It is in Hanksville. It was 15.00 per tent per night. Duke's Slickrock Grill / Campground & RV Park

    April 30, 2014

    • jeana k

      I spoke with Clarrissa, and your reservation for 20 tents is set up. The cost is $10.00 per tent per night. Pay at the resturant inside. Address is © 2014 Microsoft Corporation · © 2013 Nokia

      275 East Highway 24 Hanksville, Utah 84734

      Phone is (435)[masked]
      I spoke with Clarrissa, and your reservation for 20 tents is set up. The cost is $10.00 per tent per night. Pay at the resturant inside. Address is · 275 East Highway 24 Hanksville, Utah 84734

      Phone is (435)[masked]

      May 11, 2014

    • jeana k

      I put it under Backpackers Anonymous :) Have a great weekend!!

      May 11, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Moat of the area is BLM though Horseshoe Canyon and farther in, The Maze District ar USNPS. We would camp on BLM land. The approach is off UT Hwy 24 about 25 mile south of I-70 and 13 miles north of Hanksville. The turn is to the east off Hwy 24 just 1/2 mile south of where you turn west to go to Goblin Valley, Temple Mtn or the San Rafael Swell. Robbers Roost is a large area of rolling desert and (mostly slot) canyons north of the Dirty Devil River and west of the Colorado River, east of UT Hwy 24 and south of Green River. Here is some interesting reading on the area http://www.canyoneeri...­ and more reading http://www.utah.com/o...­ and one more http://en.wikipedia.o...­

    May 11, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Most of the area is BLM though Horseshoe Canyon and farther in, The Maze District ar USNPS. We would camp on BLM land. The approach is off UT Hwy 24 about 25 mile south of I-70 and 13 miles north of Hanksville. The turn is to the east off Hwy 24 just 1/2 mile south of where you turn west to go to Goblin Valley, Temple Mtn or the San Rafael Swell. Robbers Roost is a large area of rolling desert and (mostly slot) canyons north of the Dirty Devil River and west of the Colorado River, east of UT Hwy 24 and south of Green River. Here is some interesting reading on the area http://www.canyoneeri...­ and more reading http://www.utah.com/o...­ and one more http://en.wikipedia.o...­

    May 11, 2014

  • Brian E.

    Jola, you're welcome to ride with me as well.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Jola

    I would also be happy to carpool with someone.

    May 9, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    This trip can include hiking, technical canyoneering and dirt road mountain biking. Depending on what vehicles people bring and what road conditions are like, this can be access to the Maze section of Canyonlands, Horseshoe Canyon with it's famous Fremont Culture life-sized rock art or numerous other opportunities besides technical canyoneering. let me suggest that if technical canyoneering is not your thing, search the Web for "Hiking Robbers Roost area' &/or read up on the area in books by both Steve Allen and Michael Kelsey. There are so many diverse things to see and do, many dependent on what you have in the way of a vehicle that I cannot begin to lay out an agenda.

    April 30, 2014

  • Mel W.

    I would be coming with my kids...My oldest would like to try canyoneering, would there be some equipment to try and share, and/or anyone willing to teach? She has done rock walls and has done a belay class.
    (tentative yes...)

    April 23, 2014

  • Jola

    I am a maybe for now. Will know more by mid May. Is this also on fb?

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Yes it is OK that you do not know your plans for now. No, it is not on FB. That is a Matt & Andy thing - they like organizing there and it works well for them. I use just the meetup site; though this trip is on this site and www.WesternSlopeAdventur­ers.org

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Debbi

    I would love to bring my 2 kids and my boyfriend. Would that be OK?

    April 22, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Take a look at the information you can glean from the link I posted above "resource-rich link". If what you see looks like stuff the kids and bf would like, sure; bring 'em all.

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Here is a resource-rich link to general information about Robbers Roost and that general area and activities. I will put more details on this page in the coming week or two. https://www.google.com/search?q=robbers+roost+utah&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS551US551&oq=robbers+roost+utah&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.11055j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    1 · April 22, 2014

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