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Itinerary Update: March 2, 2005

Proposed Itinerary for MTU’s 2005 Field Course to Utah’s National Parks and Monuments


Activity Location

Camping Information/Emergency Phone Numbers

June 23, Thursday

Drive: Houghton, Michigan to Brighton, Colorado


June 24, Friday

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Golden, Colorado

Reverend Ridge Campground, J Loop, 92 Crawford Gulch Rd., Golden, CO, 80403,

Phone: 303-659-6005


Pick up students arriving at Denver International Airport ~3PM and second van.

June 25, Saturday

Drive: Brighton, Colorado to Unaweep Canyon (Divide Rd)


Shop in Grand Junction, Colorado

Uncompahgre National Forest

Forest Service in Grand Junction, Colorado:


June 26, Sunday

Unaweep Canyon, Colorado & Gateway, Colorado

Uncompahgre National Forest

June 27, Monday

Drive: Natural Bridges


Grocery stop in Blanding, Utah


Muley Point

*Unimproved BLM campsite. Natural Bridges National Monument (park office):


June 28, Tuesday

Natural Bridges –


Sipapu Bridge Trail

Unimproved BLM  campsite. Natural Bridges National Monument

June 29, Wednesday

Natural Bridges—


Owachomo Bridge Trail


Showers? Fry Canyon, Utah

Unimproved BLM  campsite. Natural Bridges National Monument

June 30, Thursday

Drive: Capitol Reef via the Henry Mountains


Grocery stop in Hanksville, Utah

Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef National Monument (park office):


July 1, Friday

Capitol Reef –


Burr Trail & Notom Rd.

Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef National Monument

July 2, Saturday

Green River Desert


Drive: Moab, Utah


Shop in Moab, Utah

Portal RV Park
1261 North Highway 191
Moab, Utah 84532

July 3, Sunday

Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse State Park


Shafer Trail

Portal RV Park

July 4, Monday

Free Day


Plan ahead:

Climb Mt. Peale? Enjoy Moab? Rafting/Biking?

Portal RV Park

July 5, Tuesday

Arches –


Double ‘O’ Arch &

Windows Section

Devil’s Garden Campground, Arches National Park, PO Box 907, Moab, UT 84532-0907  (park office):


July 6, Wednesday

Canyonlands National Park


Upheaval Dome

Devil’s Garden Campground, Arches National Park

July 7, Thursday



Drive: Dinosaur National Monument via Colorado


Shop in Vernal, Utah

Split Mountain Group Campsite, Dinosaur National Monument, 4545 East Highway 40, Dinosaur, Colorado 81610

July 8, Friday

Dinosaur National Monument


Sound of Silence Trail & Dinosaur Quarry

Split Mountain Group Campsite, Dinosaur National Monument

July 9, Saturday

Dinosaur National Monument


Desert Voices Nature Trails &

Echo Park Overlook?

Split Mountain Group Campsite, Dinosaur National Monument

July 10, Sunday

Drive: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado.


Wrap – Up!

*Moraine Park Campground,

Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 Highway 36,
Estes Park, CO 80517-8397

(park office):

July 11, Monday

Drive: Estes Park, Colorado to Denver International Airport (arrive by 11 AM).


Drive: Missouri Valley, Iowa



Drop off of students at Denver International Airport. Return Rental Van.


*Wilson Island State Park, 32801 Campground Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555
phone: 712/642-2069

July 12, Tuesday

Drive: Return to Houghton, MI from Missouri Valley, Iowa

Arrive @ MTU afternoon/early evening

* Camping arrangements subject to change depending upon site availability

Disclaimer: Exact days may vary slightly from this schedule