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Utah, New Mexico, or Texas backpacking in late March
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Eli Zabielski
(ezabielski) - F

Locale: Boulder, CO
Utah, New Mexico, or Texas backpacking in late March on 03/03/2013 21:52:09 MST Print View

I was wondering if anyone could recommend an area in one of these states for a 5-6 day trip at the end of March that has,

1) pretty warm nights (25-30 degrees),
2) a fair about of water availability and
3) bigger than life experience.

We were considering areas like Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Bryce NP, Grand Gulch, Guadalupe NP, or Zion NP, but it's hard to tell which one offer what we want at this time of year.

Edited by ezabielski on 03/03/2013 21:53:43 MST.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Gila on 03/04/2013 15:37:01 MST Print View

Have you considered the Gila? Definitely a wild place. Check with Eugene Smith about specifics. I have not been there in the spring but I was there in October and loved it. Not to cold even that late in the year. Check into whether or not the rivers are fordable and if there is snow higher up.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Utah, New Mexico, or Texas backpacking in late March on 03/04/2013 15:55:57 MST Print View

Not Texas. Probably Grand Gulch or Zion area.

Q Smith
( - MLife

Locale: Texas Hill Country
Gila and Texas on 03/07/2013 17:14:17 MST Print View

Gotta pack water in Texas parks. No fires in Texas. But much warmer. Gila - the water is low! The rangers in gila didn't know crap about the trails...