Friday, June 22, 2018

Mystic Milonga Afterparty 2018

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 laterCarpooling 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 pmMystic Hot Springs Afterparty: Fremont Indian PetroglyphsFremont Indian State Park (map)
4:30 pm -7 pmMystic Hot Springs Afterparty check-in & soak
Monroe, UT (map)
7 pm – midnightMystic 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 Danceon 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
But I'm also open to doing the more classic Bryce, or Black Dragon + Goblins, one more time. Not everyone has been there, and some people just can't enough of those stellar locations (also shown on the map below). Please let us know!!!

1 comment:

  1. Being a rockaholic, I would prefer a visit to Goblin Valley than to lava tubes. Not a fan of underground and have been there done that syndrome after a VERY tght fit/wriggle through one. Only at Goblin V once before in 1984 and way too hot to hike. Would love to revisit. But won't it be superhot in August???