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McKee Spring Backcountry Adventure, UT

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,062 feet
Elevation Gain 266 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.33
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins & Historic
Backpack No
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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author avatar Guides 176
Routes 247
Photos 8,556
Trips 1,989 map ( 16,471 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
Historical Weather
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Preferred Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:16am - 7:32pm
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Put Some Spring In Your Step
by AZLOT69

Likely In-Season!
Dinosaur National Monument has three distinct access roads on Utah's west side of the park. The southwest side with an entrance station and the Quarry visitor center has paved roads, for the most part and a guidebook with designated stops for the common tourist to get the most out of a day trip. The west side access of the Monument has no entrance station and is a backcountry adventure. There are absolutely no services of any kind once you start this backcountry adventure. Along the way if you follow this guide you will hike approximately 3 miles total. The backroads described here are about 45 miles round trip. The route starts out paved but quickly turns to gravel and then dirt. Don’t even think about doing this if rain is forecast. The road will be impassable.

After driving about nine miles in you will notice the rocks around you tilted on end. Watch for varnished rock and look for petroglyphs. You’ll have to hunt for them. Binoculars will be a plus. None of the sites are marked so watch carefully both sides of the road and explore when you discover them. At 14.5 miles take note of the varnished rock on your left. There is a pull out here with a sign " petroglyphs ". This is the McKee Spring area. There is a well established hiking loop here up to several world class petroglyph panels. Continuing on 2 more miles there is a turnoff to Rainbow Park. This is a very small campground with four tent sites and tables on the shore of the Green River. Great place for a picnic lunch. Returning to the main road and continuing east another 5 miles is the Island Park overlook. Nice views of islands created by the Green River and accessible only if you are on the River. You can continue on for 3 more miles to Ruple Ranch and explore the old homestead cabin. The views in this area are incredible. On the way back you can take note of Split Mountain, where the Green River has eroded the mountain over the millennia and now flows thru the Split Mountain Canyon.

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2019-10-03 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    National Monument Fee $10-25 per 7 Days

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From the Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, exit the park and proceed three miles south to Brush Creek Road and turn right. Continue five miles to Y intersection and turn right on Island Park Road. This is your trailhead. Reset your odometer.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Oct 03 2019 9:27 am
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool

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