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The Dirty Devil River and our Experience

The Dirty Devil truly lives up to its name. From bank to bank its muddy waters flow through southeastern Utah passing through some of the most beautiful landscapes that the southwest has to offer. We will cover just over 90 miles in 7-9 days taking our time so that we can document everything with photographs. The attraction for those who navigated this river before us, has been its shear beauty. The residents of Hanksville Utah live next to this river and could probably tell a lot of stories about its history.

You might be thinking why would someone want to hike through the sometimes knee deep mud and portage kayaks over sandbars. Well, the very attributes that make this river so unique is what draws our crew to it. The river level fluctuates significantly based on snow melt and the length of time it can be navigated is dependant on this. There appear to be a few class II rapids and a rumored class III+ at the end so there is a chance to rough it up a little. Based on its location and landscape it is a bit of a feat to make it through unscathed to the end with your confidence still intact. We view this journey as a chance to view one on the last true natural environments that has not been invaded by corporate giants.

The river winds down into the canyon after leaving Hanksville, Utah. This part of the river seems to be one of the toughest parts, so it is vital to equip your self as light as possible. You will be able to see our packing list and what manufactures we used to achieve this. We already know that we will be using Mountain House backpacking foods as our choice for meals. They produce a variety of different meals for our journey and from our past experiences we know they have the product that meets our performance needs in respect to weight, compactability and nutrition.  Keep checking back as we build our list.

The decent into the canyon is the initial entry point into a really long paddle. Few have traveled it before so there are very little specifics on it.  We plan to document as much as possible in the way of river details, with particular emphasis on the condition of the immediate river environment. Our goal is to use kayaks to transport us to the end at Lake Powell and have settled on Dagger models. They have a very shallow draft yet provide ample space for gear.

The Dirty Devil enters a canyon complex that will tower over our kayaks by up 2,000 feet.  It took wind and water innumerable hundreds of thousands of years to create and shape this masterpiece.

 In the 1890s, the Dirty Devil canyons provided Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch with a great hideout.  A perfect fit for a wild bunch that didn't want to be discovered. The lower area that surrounds the Dirty Devil falls into the Glen Canyon National Recreation area.

 It is very important to us to tread lightly as any method of travel should keep the environment as undisturbed as possible by using designated trails and roads. So what we pack in, we will pack out, so others can view it in the same condition it has been in for thousands of years.

 

 

 

 

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In keeping with those who like to explore the outdoors and take advantage of what America's backcountry has to offer, we are going to document our experience down the Dirty Devil River in southeastern Utah. Our journey begins in Hanksville, Utah where we will drop into the Dirty Devil River, to immerse ourselves in one of the most unique "river travel experiences" to be found in the southwest.  When you take on an challenge like this it is very important to be prepared! On our site we will provide you with an accurate and detailed list of packing items and the products we used. We take safety seriously and so we will use only the best equipment we can acquire for this trip.  After all it is the Dirty Devil River.  The Dirty Devil River can test one's will and we hope that we can help you enjoy it with our detailed report of our experience and give you a better insight as to what you are up against by loading a bunch of our Dirty Devil River Photos on our sight.  Its all free so feel free to print away if you find one you like!

 

This website is an informational website aimed at fostering conscientious environmental stewardship of the Dirty Devil River Water Shed, its surrounding eco-systems and its numerous native American historical sites.  It's our hope this information will contribute to increased public awareness of an old American treasure...the Dirty Devil River. 

 

Another good source of information in the BLM office in Hanksville Utah. I talked to the biologist there about the Dirty Devil River and she was awesome. Here are the some of the quick hits... Camp where others have camped before, there is no need to cut any firewood (very true we found plenty on the ground), Be in good physical condition (no lie about that), take any pictures of the Mexican spotted owl if you see one or any other unusual animals that look out of place, and last of all leave it better than you found it! We would like to give a big thanks to them for the accurate information about the Dirty Devil River and its attributes.

Disclaimer

The information listed on this site was accurate as of the time we noted the observations.  Be aware that this information may or may not be correct due to changing environmental conditions, water levels, rock slides etc.  Use prudence if planning your own trip, contact the most up-to-date sources of info on the area, and be prepared to adjust your plans for "ANY" contingency.  Your life may depend on it!

Do not rely on this site as your sole reference.

 

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