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Babak Sakaki
Western US Fall Trip Suggestion on 09/19/2010 21:59:30 MDT Print View

Have some timeshare points I need to spend, and was thinking about doing a backpacking/fishing trip with 7 of my closest friends.

Looking for something in the Western US, and hopefully no longer than 7 days (backpacking included). We'd like to stay somewhere during some sort of event (music fest, concert, etc.) and then head outdoors later in the week.

Any suggestions? We aren't the most 'balling' of backpackers, so on the cheap would be nice.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
fall in the west on 09/20/2010 22:50:24 MDT Print View

I'd go to southern Utah. The Robbers Roost or Escalante, in particular. No cost other than gas and food.

Babak Sakaki
Been there... plenty on 09/21/2010 01:47:59 MDT Print View

Have been down south countless times, looking for something outside of UT if possible.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
backpacking and fishing on 09/21/2010 10:35:27 MDT Print View

The normal season in the mountains is closing out. If you're ok with getting snowed on Yellowstone, the Bob Marshall, the Winds, or high Unitas all come to mind. The Sierras, too.

The Royal Arch route in the Grand Canyon is very nice in the fall, as is the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. I've yet to backpack in Death Valley, but want to. No fish, though.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: backpacking and fishing on 09/21/2010 10:52:10 MDT Print View

"I've yet to backpack in Death Valley, but want to. No fish, though."

Death Valley has fish, but it is an endangered species (pupfish).


Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Western US Fall Trip Suggestion" on 09/21/2010 11:02:23 MDT Print View

Hey Babak,

New Mexico is ideal in the fall if you're looking to do something soon, the days are cool (50's-70's) and sunny almost every day, evenings are crisp and chilly (20's-40's) depending on where you are in the state and at what elevation of course. Up high the Aspen leaves are turning their colors for fall, and snow usually hasn't accumulated yet so access at the higher elevations is usually available. Wheeler Peak Wilderness area and the Pecos Wilderness Area are both located in the Santa Fe/Taos region of northern New Mexico and there is always something going on in the fall being that it is the chile, harvest, and festival season as the days are cooler. Trailhead access is easy most anywhere, you can be up high for a few days and be back in town by evening with minimal driving.

Upcoming festivals and events:

Albuquerque Hopfest-2010

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

Money goes far in New Mexico, no permits, bear canister nonsense, food is inexpensive, and you can still do things on the cheap if that's your goal.

Just a suggestion.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Western US Fall Trip Suggestion on 09/21/2010 12:40:03 MDT Print View

Everyone should see the Balloon Fiesta once in their lives.