A general blueprint of our famous rolling party which will span Monday Aug 6th and Tuesday Aug 7th (details, maps, and photos will continue to be updated - suggestions welcome).
|Aug 6, 2018, Monday|
|12 pm – 2:30 pm or later||Carpooling from Salt Lake city (180 mi)|
(later start possible for those who drive straight to Mystic w/o visiting the Fremont petroglyphs )
|on the road!|
|3 pm – 4:30 pm||Mystic Hot Springs Afterparty: Fremont Indian Petroglyphs||Fremont Indian State Park (map)|
|4:30 pm -7 pm||Mystic Hot Springs Afterparty check-in & soak|
|7 pm – midnight||Mystic Hot Springs Afterparty: Asado dinner and Monroe City Pavilion Milonga|
|Midnight – ???||Mystic Hot Springs Afterparty: soaking under stars|
|Aug 7, 2018, Tuesday|
|All day … till midnight or so?||Afterparty sightseeing tour and Sunset Dance||on the road!|
Leaving in the early afternoon on Monday Aug 6th for Fremont Indian State Park (with an optional adventure petroglyph tour) - Mystic Hot Springs check-in and soak - Asado party at Monroe Pavillion - more soaking under the stars and comfy sleeping in vintage cowboy cabins, different-era vintage hippy school buses.
Tuesday Aug 7: relaxed breakfast @ the Mars Hostel in Mystic, and the we begin a road tour which will last the whole day, returning to Salt Lake quite late.
Where should we go this time? The two most recent Mystic tours took us across San Rafael Swell (including roadside overlooks, Black Dragon Wash petroglyphs, and Temple Mountain ghost town), ending in the classic Sunset Dance at the Goblin Valley State Park. Earlier on, we kept going to spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park, hiking its classic Navajo Loop between Bryce's famous multi-colored spires.
For the upcoming tour, I've been thinking about something new: an 80-mile drive to Red Canyon with a very short hike there; then to the lava flows of Mammoth Creek and the lava tube a.k.a. Utah Mammoth Cave; then to the high-elevation overlook of Cedar Break National Monument; and optionally, an 11-mile detour to the famous petroglyphs of Parowan Gap on the way home (images and map below)
|Red Canyon is a reduced-scale version of Bryce Canyon NP|
|Mammoth Cave Lava tube is a short through hike|
with flashlights - and sleeping bats may be a bonus
|Cedar Breaks from the North Overlook at the cool 10.500 ft el|
|Parowan Gap is the Mecca of Solstice-worshippers|