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June too late for Colorado Plateau?
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John Brown
(johnbrown2005) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
Advice from Southwesterners... on 03/14/2006 22:54:07 MST Print View

Need a little advice from Utah/Arizona/NM/Colorado area folks. I'm planning to spend a month camping and backpacking around the Colorado Plateau area in late spring/early summer. Trying to figure out dates, and it seems like mid-May might be the earliest I can make it. Seems clear that higher elevation stuff will be OK, but will I regret being down in Canyonlands, Escalante, Capitol Reef areas by mid-June from a heat and/or flies perspective? There's a longshot that I could move the trip up to mid-April through mid-May if it would make a big difference temperature-wise. Thanks!

Edited by johnbrown2005 on 03/15/2006 11:55:19 MST.

Jeremy Lynn Franchow
(jfranchow) - F

Locale: The Great Basin
Re: Advice from Southwesterners... on 03/17/2006 13:10:56 MST Print View

Hmmm...you seem to know what you're up against at that time of the year. In my experience, no-see-ums are at their worst mid-May to mid-June. They seem to be at their worst, however, first thing in the morning and again at sundown so they ARE manageable. Temps near 100 are not uncommon during that time, but you could just as well see 80's. Daily water consumption for me increases significantly when temps climb above 90 degrees and I'm hiking 15 to 20 miles a day...close to 3 gallons and I still can't seem to keep my urine clear!

However...if you are mainly doing slot canyons or deep canyons with water(thinking escalante/capitol reef/cedar mesa here) then mid-May to mid-June is perfect! Warm temps and it's before monsoon season, so less chances of a flash flood running into you.