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Old 10-15-2016   #1
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Best Campsite for Ruby-Horsethief Run?

Taking my two sons and the mutt through Ruby-Horsethief over Thanksgiving week since school is out. I'm looking for the best site for a layover day and I've heard great things about Mee Canyon. Any suggestions for the best of the best for for day hikes, fishing spots?

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Old 10-16-2016   #2
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There is tons of info from buzzards here. Just let your fingers do the walking and change your search terms and you shall find the beta that you seek.
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Old 10-16-2016   #3
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They are all good.

As far as fishing goes most of what is in there is endangered, you're better off exploring side canyons.
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Old 10-16-2016   #4
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Ill save ya some search time, Cottonwoods are nice camps, Mee corner is the best Mee campsite, if you're not staying at black rocks on a weekend that would be my recommendation for a lay over(you can't lay over there during weekends). lots of hiking, you can hike the canyon down river or you can hike straight back and gain the mesa for some sweet views. I like Black rocks 4 or 5. As for fishing... Im better at catching a buzz down their, but I don't really think Its a good fishing section. lots of carp,catfish, and humpbacks. Have a blast!
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My favorite camp is Mee Corner. Nice shade tree, great access to hike the canyon.

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The hike up rattlesnake canyon to the natural arches is also very worth doing! Could get an early start and go do the hike as it's only 3 miles in and the continue down to cottonwood to camp as the camp at rattlesnake isn't so great.
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Old 10-16-2016   #7
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Mee Corner might be the best sight in that area, but I absolutely love the hike up Mee Canyon, so the campsite at the mouth is probably my favorite. Not the best site, but I have spent a couple full moons camped there and it was an unforgettable experience. As far as the best "sites".... I really like the majority of the Cottonwoods, and Black Rocks 8 & 9.
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Old 10-17-2016   #8
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Friends have had great luck on the Green side of the drainage with stink bait at camp in the evening, catching some pretty big Catfish ( they have a high mercury content, so not a great thing to eat).
Have never seen anyone catch anything with a normal lure, on account of the merkey water.
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Old 10-19-2016   #9
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rudyhorse camps

Cottenwood #5 the first night
Blackrocks #5 the second

Mee corner is the only good campsite in the Mee camps. The rest are just straight out in the open and suck. Cottenwood #5 had the best trees and blackrock #5 is a just cool site.
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Old 10-19-2016   #10
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Mee 1 also has a big cottonwood, and Mee Canyon has a beach, an eddy to swim in, and some bushes/small trees. Mee 2-4 are awful for sure though.
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