Regarding our usually-annual March Deso trip, we ended up having to cancel and convert it to a San Juan. Redtail was going to fly our shuttle tomorrow morning and a couple of days ago the pilot called the TL after flying over the Sand Wash airstrip. He said snow was covering the airstrip, they won't land where they can't see (good call), and there was snow all the way down to the river.
The TL got a message to a BLM ranger who replied:
No problem I just contacted Red Tail they informed me the river was still iced over below Sand Wash.
National Outdoor Leadership School tried driving into Sand Wash, Monday (3/11/2019). They informed me there was still too much snow / snow melt to make it to Sand Wash, there was a lot of surrounding oil/gas field activity and all their 4x4 trucks were running chains to get through the muddy slop.
Hopefully a few days of warm weather will clear this up.
So not only can non-chained up vehicles not get through the mud to get to the river, but there was ice all the way across somewhere in the neighborhood of Sumner's Amphitheater.
We have a week of upper 50's and low 60's coming, good sun, that should help bust that ice and dry out roads. Now it'll be interesting to see if the road in to Clay Hills is o.k. for the San Juan. We leave this morning.