Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Highway 128 parallels the Colorado River between Cisco and Moab. It's so magnificent, it often takes a full day to move from one spot to the next. In the course of exploring and scouting for a camp I got caught out too far from BLM lands and was looking for a hidey-hole when the "campground" at Castle Towers Climbing Area turned up. The two-acre site was purchased for $600,000.00 by Utah Open Lands, a non-profit organization. There is a donation chamber similar to those at National Forest C.G.s where I left a $20.00 bill....a large amount for me. During the night a young couple came in, set up camp and, before dawn, quietly departed. Otherwise it was quiet. There are only two level spots where one can pitch a tent. The "parking lot" slants on both sides so steeply a trailer tongue would likely get stuck. It's a great spot and if it weren't for the folks below it likely wouldn't exist. FYI: Author Terry Tempest Williams (Finding Meaning in A Broken World and Red), one of my favs, lives in the nearby community of Castle Valley.