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2006 Update

Post by RichB » Tue May 23, 2006 9:14 am

Just came back from there this past weekend. Everything is pretty much status-quo from last year. i.e.:

1. Cane Bed Rd:
- Still 4 miles of chip seal from the hwy turnoff
- Still 4.5 miles of washboard dirt/sand to the state line/resumption of asphalt

Note: Be careful once you hit the asphalt, there's some big chuck holes in the middle of the road at various spots before you reach the campground
UPDATE: The next trip we made after this report all the chuck holes had been repaired.

2. Park HQ/Campground:

- Building another restroom facility & boardwalk @ the non-OHV visitor part
- No additional campground slots :(
- The park staff is still extremely helpful

3. Meadows (dry lake) Camp Area:

- Same amount of space as last year (good news as last year we lost spaces)
- Additional signs were posted at the entrance in regard to not having fires burning on the ground
- Still VERY silty dirty dust on top of the hard pack
-- This trip I am happy to report that for the most part the folks there were considerate of the bad dust situation and were 1st gear idling to the trail head :) \
- Reasonable LEO presence (Only saw a BLM ranger drive through max of 1x per day)

Special Note of Consideration: Please, if you camp here try not to allow your folks to pit ride in the camp area and/or "hot rod" to the trail head. It makes the camping absolutely miserable, the pink silt is much worse than any dust I've ever dealt with.

4. GPS related: I took a bunch of GPS fixes during this trip, I plan to email the data to Jon so he can post what he wants on his page. Also, if anyone's interested PM me and I can shoot you a .gpx file.

Will post some pictures when I get a chance.
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Post by Bob Pring » Tue May 23, 2006 12:07 pm

Thanks for the update Rich. I was hoping you would be up there again this year before Memorial day. I'm heading up from Riverside Wednesday night in hopes of finding some space in the Meadows Thursday morning. The dust last year was terrible and it was very crowded. We spent most of our time trail riding to avoid the crowd.

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Post by RichB » Tue May 23, 2006 3:47 pm

You're welcome Bob. It was pretty sparsely populated mid-afternoon on Sunday when we left. You should be ok for Thurs a.m. to find a spot.

I'll keep my fingers crossed you luck out and end up with some of the same folks that were there last weekend however, you and I both know it gets more than it's fair share of a-holes on Memorial Wknd.

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Post by RichB » Tue May 23, 2006 4:00 pm

May 06 Pics:

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North Dune Area

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Post by Woodglue » Tue May 23, 2006 4:11 pm

Wow! :shock:
That look like a place I need to visit!!
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Post by LoBuck » Tue May 23, 2006 5:39 pm

I was there once (1985) and would like to go again some day. It is a beautiful place!

The sand is very soft. Nice trails through the trees. Just a great place overall.
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Post by RichB » Tue May 23, 2006 6:41 pm

Woodglue wrote:Wow! :shock:
That look like a place I need to visit!!
No, it's horrendous, don't waste your time. Besides, with all kinds of trees like this, it's very dangerous :wink:

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Post by Dusty Rhodes » Tue May 23, 2006 7:57 pm

That looks like Banshee Hill at Winchester Bay Dunes in Oregon only not as many tree's. :lol:
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Post by SANDUNERS » Wed May 24, 2006 12:39 am

thanks Rich for the update and pictures. 8)

That dirt, sand, gravel road was in HORRIBLE shape back in 1996 when we made a visit. That is all on the AZ side. Once you get to the UT side that asphalt was the smoothest I've ever rode... :lol:

Great place for bikes and quads, crappy place for a rail in my opinion...but beauty is all around as you can see the North rim of the Grand Canyon to the South, and see Zion NP to the North... 8)

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Post by LoBuck » Wed May 24, 2006 12:50 am

LoBuck wrote:I was there once (1985)
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Post by RichB » Wed May 24, 2006 9:28 am

SANDUNERS wrote: crappy place for a rail in my opinion[/url]
We love the place with our rail however, I can see why some would not like it.

IMO, CP is a place where dune-specific knowledge & experinece i.e. hours of seat time, could easily make or break the experience. The main dunes are so technical (especially running South-to-North) that unless you have them down-pat it can be a frustrating slow-go & non-rhythmic ride. The Northern dune section has a lot of obstacles with the trees and drop offs, no doubt.

BUT, if you know the place a rail ride from one end of the dunes to the other is just flat-out amazing (due to the geography changing from open dunes to tree lined dunes).

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Post by RichB » Wed May 24, 2006 9:31 am

LoBuck wrote:
LoBuck wrote:I was there once (1985)
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Post by Bob Pring » Tue May 30, 2006 1:32 pm

We left Riverside Wednesday night and arrived at the Meadows Thursday around 10:00. Seems like quite a few people had the same idea as most of the space around the perimeter was taped off already. We met some nice folks from Vegas that invited us to camp with them and it worked out well. Sunday afternoon I counted over 103 RV's in the Meadows, I'm sure there were more than that on Saturday.

Very windy on Saturday, great day for trail riding. We rode the trails down the the Virgin River. A great 4 hour ride and terrific views. We ran into a couple of BLM guys, all very helpful including 'Scott' who used to patrol Buttercup a few years back.

All in all, a great trip. We made new friends who have never been to Glamis, so we will be returning the favor soon.

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Post by RichB » Tue May 30, 2006 6:08 pm

Bob Pring wrote: Seems like quite a few people had the same idea as most of the space around the perimeter was taped off already.


:evil: That's just wrong. Any more if it's a busy weekend when I go somewhere and folks have huge areas taped off I'm just going through the tape, screw it.
Bob Pring wrote:We met some nice folks from Vegas that invited us to camp with them and it worked out well.


:D That's always cool, huh. We met some folks just like that last time.

Bob Pring wrote: Sunday afternoon I counted over 103 RV's in the Meadows, I'm sure there were more than that on Saturday.


:shock: That is totally IN-sane.

Glad to hear you made it back safe and sound.....Any pictures?

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Post by theboofooguy » Tue May 30, 2006 7:11 pm

Hey Mr. Pring,

When you coming up to Idaho? Saw your post. Did anyone from the group make it to Coral Pink with you? Just thought I'd say Hi... Give Sandy my best...

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Post by Crowdog » Tue May 30, 2006 9:41 pm

LoBuck wrote:
LoBuck wrote:I was there once (1985)
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I love old school pictures! Please post more. And make them bigger. :wink:

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Post by Bob Pring » Wed May 31, 2006 12:53 pm

Rich,

We do have pictures, about 50 of them! I think we got some good ones, I'll go through them later this week and post them. I think I'm done with the Holiday weekends there though. TMP (Too Many People)! It kinda felt like New Years on Gecko road....

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Post by Bob Pring » Wed May 31, 2006 1:09 pm

David,

What a surprise to see you here...! Just Sandy and I made the trip up. I'd love to get others from the group up here but no takers. Big John had surgery, JD is recovering as well, Alan doesn't like CP, Rick only has a rail , the list just goes on and on. Sandy and I were just talking about going on the Sand Addiction Extreme Dune Tour next year. :) We will have to meet up when we make that trip.

I sent you an email to your MSN address. Hope you got it....

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Post by DumontDuneRiders.com » Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:58 pm

We were there over Memorial Day weekend. It was great. I agree with Rich B. I love the technical aspect of dune riding there. After learning the dunes at CP, it's a blast to jam through the dunes & trails. Personally it's one of my favorite places to ride.

Here's a video of our group from Memorial Day Weekend. CLICK HERE Enjoy! :D
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