Tag Archives: San Rafael Swell

Photoessay: San Rafael Swell bikepacking

My son Finn joined us last month on our bikepacking trip in the San Rafael Swell. He’s a photographer and documented this trip with Tri-x 400 film, developed with d76 1:1 ratio. Lately he has been developing his own film. All photos by Finn Christensen. Enjoy.   Advertisements

Bikepacking the San Rafael Swell—Part Two

Day Three We got an early start as the weather had been warming up through the week. Little shade and direct exposure to the sun, even if only in the 80’s, wears on you. Within an hour we had arrived at the Muddy River (again). The water was cold and refreshing, and the mud deep […]

Bikepacking the San Rafael Swell—Part One

Despite our lack of posting, we rode quite a bit this Winter and Spring, culminating in a nice four day loop through the southern part of the San Rafael Swell. The desert is one of those places that repels me—it’s hot, dry, sandy, and windy—and yet I can’t seem to get enough of it. This […]

A Return to the Swell: Good Water Canyon Trail

About a year and a half ago, my son Finn and I went down to the Little Grand Canyon area of San Rafael Swell and rode the Good Water Canyon Trail. That trip report is here: https://intotheoutdoors.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/san-rafael-swell-good-water-canyon-rim-ride/ Some rides are well worth a return trip. The views are spectacular, the trails excellent, and this time my […]

Black Dragon Wash, UT: A Fatbike-packing Overnighter

Sunset in the desert. There’s something magical about it. The red cliffs above us glowed a deep red as the deep blue sky faded into light blues, then grays, and the red rock cliffs glowed darker and deeper until they turned black. We stood on a bluff looking back down into Black Dragon Wash where we […]

San Rafael Swell: Good Water Canyon Rim Ride

A ride report by the Professor. I’m cautious about how I use the word “epic.” The Little Grand Canyon of the San Rafael Swell is truly epic scenery. Friday afternoon my 16 year old son, Finn and I, drove the 125 miles down to the Wedge Overlook in the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area. I […]