Originally Posted by Jpleonhard
I've got a first time permit on Deso coming up. I'm coming from Denver and was wondering what the best route to the Sand Wash put in is. I'll be unloading gear there and then driving vehicles to the take out and catching a flight back to Sand Wash. Would I be better off going north through Vernal or staying on I-70 until Green River and then going north? I saw a previous post that there has been recent improvements to the roads in the area. Anyone been there lately and have a suggestion?
Dropping at Sand Wash and then driving all night to catch the morning flight became our standard routine for Deso. The debate about who would drive and fly VS who would rig started when the crew roster was posted for each trip.
The flight more than makes up for that horrible night drive. Have your camera handy and sit in front. It will likely be the highlight of your entire trip.
One other thing; if your buddy has limited bush experience rethink having him fly you into Sand Wash. Even at first light that is a tricky landing/take off. I'm guessing by now the "strip" at Sand Wash has been paved and cleared of the cattle and Sage, but the air is always choppy up there and only gets worse as the sun comes up. I had the experience of a life time on one flight; we buzzed the strip to clear out a couple of cows, then took 3 passes to land because of the choppy wind. This was a very experienced pilot who later that week buzzed our camp (he had to fly directly into a box canyon to do that, climbing straight up the canyon wall, stalling, then screaming back over camp) to drop us an emergency message.
Seriously; make sure your buddy knows what he's getting into and has the experience to pull this off.