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Thanksgiving 8th Annual Outdoor Feast, Hiking & More at Kodachrome State Park UT
CLICK ON GOOGLE DOCS TO ADD YOUR NAME AND DISH TO SHARE. WE ALSO NEED FIREWOOD. WSA will hold its 8th annual Outdoor Thanksgiving Feast & Weekend of Fun based in Utah's spectacular Kodachrome Basin State Park This is a lesser known but spectacular red rock area rich in hiking opportunities. Among other hiking destinations this weekend is Bryce Canyon Natl Park, less than 30 miles from our camp. Mark your calendar to join us Thursday November 22 and as many more days of the holiday weekend you want to stay (Wednesday evening Nov 21 - Sunday November 25). The general plan is to arrive Wednesday or early Thursday. Those who arrive early will do a Thursday morning hike. Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, pies . . . and what-all those coming to the dinner opt to bring. We've done this many years and always come up with a delicious and diverse dinner. Plan to bring all (at least much of) the food you will want for the dinner and the weekend. Depending on who/ how large the group is, we may do some meal sharing throughout the weekend; at least with turkey-day leftovers. The town of Cannondale is a few miles away if you need a grocery store. Camping spaces can be reserved (we will look more into that detail) and tents as well as RV's, trailers all work. There are motel options in Cannonville and other towns in the area. If you want to 'motel it', make your reservation early. We usually have group campfires evening and morning so bring lots of firewood, campfire stories, makings for s'mores, fireside beverages and more. With all the hiking, driving tour options and canyon/ arch/ hoodoo exploration there will be activities that can satisfy everyone's quest for beauty, fun and adventure. There is plenty to do in the area besides Bryce... You'll pass through Capitol Reef NP on the way in - worth coming a day early to see - and don't forget the Cathedral Valley loop. And be sure to do the drive from Torrey to Boulder during the daytime - unless you are scared of heights - in that case wait til dark... If you can't stop at Capitol Reef, Calf Creek is a short walk to a beautiful falls. From Kodachrome its thirty miles to Escalante and Hole in the Rock Road - Coyote Gulch (a bucket list trip for sure) and Broken Bow Arch get a lot of attention, but several guide books have been written about places accessible from Hole in the Rock Rd. Closer to Kodachrome, just down the road apiece is Grosvenor Arch. Further south there's lots of BLM land to explore - Hackberry Canyon, further south, Vermillion Cliffs, and for the adventurous, brave the sandy road into White Pocket - don't forget your compressor to bring your tires back up after letting them down. Feeling lucky ? Forget Vegas - try to get a permit for "The Wave" in Kanab - lottery held for 10 permits daily - sometimes with 100 applicants. Drive times (from Google Maps): * Grand Junction to KBSP - 5 hours * Salt Lake City 4 1/2 hours * Las Vegas 4 hours * Denver 9 hours (drive Denver to GJ 1st travel day; continue 2nd day) Details on state parks webpage: Overview Videos: Campground details: Bunkhouses (2 / 6-person each) State Park Fees: Kodachrome photos:

Kodachrome State Park

Hwy 12 · Cannonville, ut


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The Western Slope Adventurers (WSA) is a bunch of motivated individuals who want to get together with other outdoor minded folks to share hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, dog walks, outdoor film festivals (indoors on winter nights), photography, road and mountain biking, rafting and other water sports; and, in season, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter camping (or huts), outdoor ice skating and so much more.

You are encouraged to BE ACTIVE in the group. MeetUps are about just that, actively meeting up with others with shared interests.

Being a'Western Slope' group we are attracting members from Delta/ Montrose, Paonia/ Hotchkiss, Rifle/ Glenwood Springs and other areas. When members want to generate activities in those outlying areas to be posted on the WSA calendar, that is great. Everything need not emanate from Grand Junction. As a matter of fact, we are excited about locals in a variety of areas posting activities so those of us from other areas can learn where to go with the various 'locals'. allows for a principle 'Organizer' and unlimited number of Assistant Organizers and Event Organizers . If you have an event you want posted to the calendar, you can then be designated as the event organizer. After you have initiated a few events you will probably be invited to become an Assistant Organizer (AO). It will be great if we can expand our network of AOs into all the various population centers of the Western Slope.

Western Colorado is a great place to live and we will meetup up to share it and make it even better , for ourselves, our group and and larger community.

Oh and by the way, if you are from Denver, Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Price or places even farther away, if you share our interests in getting outdoors, we welcome your membership.

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