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Old 06-02-2015   #1
Eugene, Oregon
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Reliable Spring Near Flint Trail or Elaterite Basin (MAZE)

Hey all,

I am going to be biking from Hanksville to Moab in a week or so and I am wondering if anyone knows of a reliable spring near the Flint trail or Elaterite Basin Area.

If anyone has any beta, I would greatly appreciate hearing it.

Thanks for the help.


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Old 06-06-2015   #2
montrose, Colorado
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About the only reliable water in those parts is what you carry and cattle tanks here and there which may be dry.

Rode alot of that country this spring on a muffin top towing a burley nomad with 4+ gallons to start - was looking for shade - now would seem to be dangerous because of over heating. Would not do it myself.

Alot of the road is sand/loose gravel and really no fun on a standard mtn bike but the 4.5 on the muffin made it a new and fun adventure to see where it would go - which is pretty much anywhere - but when the sky opened up and turned the road into an impossible quagmire - had to wait a day and ponder the meaning of the universe and my limited water supply. Fortunately i was well stocked with pain medicine from colorado to get me through the toughest ordeal.

The nomad trailer was a drag at times because of the narrow tires but am in the process of setting it up with some 20 x 3 to help out. Like this setup because the bike handles well and am not into the ultra lite suffer blitz.

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Old 06-12-2015   #3
Montrose, Colorado
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You might want to talk to the Park Service ranger at Hans Flat:

The Maze District- Hans Flat Ranger Station
The Hans Flat Ranger Station is open year round from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located 24 miles south of I-70 on Utah HWY 24. Just south of the Goblin Valley State Park turnoff, on the east side of the road is a dirt road. Follow this road 46 miles to the Ranger Station. Here is where you obtain permits for overnight trips in The Maze District. You may also call 435-259-2652 for permits. There are some books and maps for sale at the Ranger Station. No water, food, or gas available at the Ranger Station. No entrance fees required.
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