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    Base Camp for St. George Area

    Hello Utes,

    A pack of friends will be decending to St. George in late June to fry in the Sun and ride the trails in the area. As we will be hitting Gooseberry, Little Creek, etc. we are looking for some recommendations for a centralized camping location(s) (BLM Land Campsites) that will afford us the opportunity to spend 5-6 days/nights in the area but allow us to hit various trails in the area (not necessarily confined to the Hurricane area).

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks

    phillidw

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    Camp right there on Gooseberry Mesa. There are several great sites right on the rim off the road that takes you to the trail head. From there, you can get to Little Creek Mesa, Slickrock Swamp, Gem, Guacamole, and Grafton Mesa Trailheads all within 25 minutes or so. Make sure you find a campsite in the shade. It can get quite toasty up there in the summer. Also bring a couple of solar showers, to cool off after a long ride.

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    Gooseberry Mesa has some shade..

    and you'll need it in late June. Just got back from St. George on Tuesday and it was roasty toasty. Thank god everything tastes better toasted. Little Creek has considerably more shade but less campsites. We were riding before 8 and back by 1 to rehydrate and nap, out again for an evening ride. I would seriously consider a higher elevation area such as Bryce Canyon area. Much cooler. You can swim at a resevoir in Hurricane.
    IB1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiot Boy 1
    I would seriously consider a higher elevation area such as Bryce Canyon area. Much cooler.
    Serious. The thought of camping at lower elevations in June is pure torture. Have you thought of camping and riding in and around Brian Head? You could even hit Gooseberry on the way up there and Little Creek on the way back.

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