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Mar 22 2004
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 Joined Feb 27 2004
 St. George, Utah
Virgin River Tubing, AZ 
Virgin River Tubing, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2004
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Hiking7.00 Miles
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Wow ! Just tubed the Virgin River from St. George, Utah to the I-15 bridge at mile post 23 in the Virgin River Gorge, Arizona Strip, Northwestern Arizona. Quite a trip. The Virgin River was quite muddy with all the snow melt in the higher elevations.
The water was a little chilly, but I got used to it pretty soon. The sun was very warm at 88 degrees. I had the river all to myself. I got into my inner tube in ST. George at about 11:00 and the river was flowing ever so slowly. No tamarisks had leaves on them. The river bended and twisted its way along and was a little boring. No views. The tamarisks blocked all scenery. However, once I entered the Arizona Strip section, it dropped in elevations quite rapidly. There were several rippling rapids. Very doable in my tube. Tall canyon walls of red rock, caves, dugouts, and more wildlife appeared. Thought I would see lots of snakes as I stealthily floated by the tamarisk. Didn't see one snake all day. I did, however, see a crane, a beaver, two hawks, two Canadian Geese, and numerous ducks along the way. I am pretty tired and sore this evening. Tubing is very relaxing when you are in deep water. However, even though the river was at a high level, I bottomed out many hundred times on sand bars. Didn't hit any rocks, though. No sharp surprises. Still, I wouldn't recommend this tubing to anyone. The Virgin River is very muddy, the level is almost too low to travel, and when I got to the Virgin River Gorge, the water was way to low to support me any longer. I hear the rafting is a timed event. Those who with to catch a wave, so to speak call ahead to Zion National Park and get the flash flood info hours ahead and then, time the arrival of the flash flood wave in the Cedar Pockets rec. Area and ride it out in Kayaks to the end of the the most narrow of the gorge. See ya on the AZ Strip, jerry
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Mar 09 2004
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 Joined Feb 27 2004
 St. George, Utah
Virgin River Gorge Horse Arch, AZ 
Virgin River Gorge Horse Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2004
Rented Mule
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   0.29 mph
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Greetings ! I'm the guy who posted the Shivwits arch hike in the Gorge. Thanks to your site and their help, of course. There are supposedly 13 arches visible from the Interstate according to a fellow I met in Beaver Dam, AZ who was on the crew that built the Interstate through the Gorge. He simply told me... "go find em" I am happy to report that I have found a cool Trojan Horse looking arch at
mile post 16 1/2. It is visible from I-15. As you travel northbound, from Mesquite, at 16 1/2 mile marker, look out the driver's side window at about eleven o'clock. Caution the road curves almost immediately to your right. High up on the cliff facing, you will see an arch that looks like a horse head. Some people have seen the pictures at my URL link and say it looks like a seahorse. You decide. Anyway, it is very steep, full of barrel cactus the entire climb up about 800 ft. to the arch. Not for children. In fact, I got jugged pretty good by a barrel cactus on the way back down to the highway. Park at mile post 16 1/2 on a gravel turnoff in the middle of the curve. From here, travel straight up the rock scramble to the arch. Though it is pretty steep, the rocks are petrified mud and grip very very well. I will find the other arches one by one, hopefully.
Here is the URL link to see the pictures: jerry
http://www.villagephotos.com/pubbrowse. ... ted=771042
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