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Tabegauche (Pronounced “Tab-a-watch”)

“The Tabeguache (pronounced TAB-a-watch) Trail crosses public land for 142 miles, connecting Montrose and Grand Junction, Colorado.  The trail begins in Shavano Valley and weaves through the canyons, mesas, and highlands of the Uncompahgre Plateau before ending in No Thoroughfare Canyon, a few miles west of Grand Junction.  The trail is marked by brown fiberglass posts approximately every mile, and at all intersections.

Most of the trail is on remote lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service and BLM.  The adventurous nature of this trail requires users to be cautious, personally responsible, and self-sufficient and have a working knowledge of backcountry survival.  The use of topographic maps, a compass and/or GPS unit is strongly recommended.  Carry plenty of drinking water as it is not readily available along the trail.” -http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo/recreation/tabeguache_trail.html

I know, right? I was surprised at the “142 miles” as well. We’ve only explored a fraction of that! Today we took the Jeep and showed Dennis the part we had done in the snow- from Westwater to the 141 connection. But this time we took an alternate line and stayed on Tabegauche, connected to Cactus Park, then followed a trail that borders the Dominguez-Escalante Wilderness Area until we almost reached the Gunnison River. We exited at Cactus Park to 141.

It was a beautiful day, but I was suffering from a headache (probably linked to allergies) nearly the entire time. I was happy when Dennis got a page for a Search and Rescue, and we bailed out and made it home ASAP.

But I got some cute pictures of my kids climbing around on rocks!

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