5 Reasons Why You Need to Take a Trip to Muddy Creek

Do you love the desert? Do you frequently visit Moab, Goblin Valley, or The San Rafael Swell? If so, or if you are just in search of a new camping spot, then head to Utah’s Muddy Creek. The Creek itself is quite long, and there are many places to stop along it, but I am specifically reviewing a section of it just north of Hanksville and East of Goblin Valley. 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is required to get to this destination. It’s worth it though, rent a car if you need to.

1. It Is Stunningdesert-flowers

Every view is breathtaking. The steep red cliffs, the running creek, the blue skies, and the lush desert plant life are just some of the features that make this place so magical. Your campsite can be atop a cliff overlooking all this, or waterfront to soak it all in. Be sure to bring a camera to capture all of The Muddy Creek’s beauty.

2. IT IS FREE

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Unlike the nearby national and state parks, this area is BLM and completely free to enter and to camp. Vacations where you can eliminate accommodation fees are always a win in my book. Your costs include gas and food, but your waterfront sleeping accommodations, endless views, and wildlife entertainment are all free.

 

3. THE HIKING

This isn’t like any hiking you are used to. This hike involves following the creek as far as you’d like, but be prepared to tie your shoes to your backpack and hike barefoot. Yes, barefoot. The Muddy Creek is exactly what it sounds like, muddy. This mud is amazing though, walking barefoot through it is seriously like a foot massage and an exfoliating clay mask all at once. The walk itself is full of panoramic views and playful safe features to climb on and explore! There is a climbing wall that is better than anything you’ve ever seen at any gym or park and is easy enough for everyone to participate. Plus, there is a historic mining camp that you can walk through and see the remaining shelter that once housed upwards of 5 men. Pack a day bag with plenty of sunscreen, beverages, a camera, hat and have fun!

 

4. THE LACK OF CROWDS

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Becuase this place is off the beaten path a bit, there are hardly any other people to run in to. There is, however, a dirt airstrip that is in use, so you may see a  propeller plane land or take off while visiting. From Salt Lake City, it takes about 4 1/2 to 5 hours to reach the campsite, of which the last hour is on dirt roads. Becuase of this, it’s lack of publicity, and the many famous destinations nearby, you are likely to see few other campers and hikers. Enjoy this remote camping weekend without having to hear other campers. No loud music, no babies crying or dogs barking, just you, the campfire, and the sound of the running creek.

5. THE JOURNEY

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Not only is the campsite you choose going to be gorgeous and surrounded by steep red cliffs, but the drive out there is amazing as well! You will be driving through a very secluded desert landscape and are guaranteed to see wild horses! WILD HORSES! I was in awe! There are many sights to see along the way, so be sure to take it slow and enjoy the ride.

 

 

How to get there:

  1. From I-70, take exit 131 toward Buckhorn Draw Rd.
  2. Turn left onto Buckhorn Draw Rd. (10 miles)
  3. Turn right onto County Rd 322 (3.7 miles)
  4. Turn right to stay on Co Rd 1012 (.9 miles)
  5. Turn left to stay on Co Rd 1012 (19 miles)
  6. Choose your campsite.
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I Found a Little Piece of Heaven

Red Canyon Lodge, Flaming Gorge, Utah

 

So a couple weeks ago I was in an Uber with Nate and the woman was telling us of this lodge she worked at when she first moved to Utah up in Flaming Gorge, it sounded magical and I guess I made it apparent that I wanted to go there because she wrote down her name, phone number, the lodge name and phone number and gave it to me. After looking it up at work the next day, I fell in love. It is a small place with about 30 private cabins, a restaurant, and small shop, all surrounding a pleasant lake. There are hiking/cross country ski trails that surround the lake and the canyon rim, along with plenty of summer activities that I cannot wait to try late this year.

I called and booked a weekend in the larger cabin available that comes furnished with a bedroom, living room with pull out couch, table, and chairs, kitchen with stove and fully stocked cabinets, as well as a beautiful porch with view of the lake. It took about three and a half hours to get there from Salt Lake City, but the drive is incredible. Not only are the views breathtaking, as you enter Flaming Gorge you will see historical signs telling of the past residents of the canyon:dinosaurs, giant water reptiles and various sea creatures. Arriving at the premises reminded me of a childhood sleep-away camp, long driveway with a view of the cabins, people coming back from snow shoeing, and smiling happy folk galore.

After getting the keys and unpacking at our heaviness cabin,  we filled up our growler and went for walk across the frozen lake to a great big rock where we watched the sunrise… The whole weekend went quite similarly, not to brag. The highlights of the premises include the AMAZING views from the canyon rim trail, where I cross country skiid for the first time, and was quite daring if I say so myself, I fell about 20 times because I was going to fast and couldn’t control turning or stopping. I also couldn’t walk well the following few days, but it was well worth it. Dogs are allowed, which will be very pleasing to me in the summer as we are getting our very own fur baby (Lando is just my Godson). Lastly, the level of remoteness that we reached felt amazing! It’s hard these days to escape the buzz of phones, TV’s, radio, Ipads, and overall non communication between people face to face.The lack of technology was refreshing… rather than watching a movie after dinner, Nate an I looked at the stars and played multiple games of cribbage (where he lost every time). So all in all I guess it was on okay trip. You can go ahead and book HERE. Have fun! (Don’t bring your computer unless you’re going to write a book).

 

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