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monticello - utah

Segment 5: Monticello to Nucla Photo
28th of January
Descent -22549
High 10509
Length 241.0
Low 3967
Ascent 21353
Weather 34° Chance Snow Showers and Patchy Fog

Trail Difficulty: blue

Desert and canyon riding through the Abajo Mountains, Canyonlands National Park, the La Sal Mountains, and beyond.

Bikepacking: The Plateau Passage

Temperatures will reach 34° today, with Chance Snow Showers and Patchy Fog. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 34° with Chance Snow Showers and Patchy Fog to 39° with Sunny over the next 5 days. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 34° - 39° over the next 5 days.


Segment 5 of the Plateau Passage continues through Classic Colorado Plateau canyon country highlighted by the world-famous landscapes of Canyonlands National Park and the Moab area. It begins in Monticello with an immediate 4,000-foot climb to the crest of the Abajo Mountains. The climb starts on pavement, transitions to a graded, narrow gravel road for the second half, and finally heads up a steep singletrack for the last grunt to a stunning saddle. Below, one of the greatest singletrack descents in the West awaits with a descent of 5,000 feet to enjoy. At the bottom, the route turns west toward Canyonlands National Park. A short detour to the Needles Outpost Store provides a water and resupply option, and then the road to Moab leads through Lockhart Basin. This quiet, 40-mile-long 4x4 track winds beneath towering sandstone cliffs and above the Green River. Riding into Moab, the bustle of the desert tourist town and mountain bike mecca may be a bit overwhelming after days in the quiet desert. Moab offers just about any amenity needed by a bikepacker. Take your time to stock up, as a 6,000-foot climb into the La Sal Mountains waits just outside of town.

Weather Forecast

000 FXUS65 KGJT 270536 AFDGJT Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Grand Junction CO 1036 PM MST Sun Jan 26 2020 .SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday night) Issued at 257 PM MST Sun Jan 26 2020 Satellite imagery continues to show low level cloud cover over eastern Utah near KCNY. Expect that this will continue through through at least tonight. Elsewhere, high clouds continue to move into the region ahead of the next disturbance. Radar returns also picking up on (what is believed to be) virga rounding the top of the ridge over northern portions of the forecast area. As previously mentioned, the ridge axis moves across our CWA this afternoon/evening giving way to the next trough by daybreak Monday. There will be some dynamic lift associated with this system but orographics looks to be providing most of the precipitation. Therefore, it`s no surprise that the northern Colorado mountains will be the location for favored snowfall as this system moves through. It looks like the strongest precipitation rates (brief 1 inch/hour snow) will occur around mid-day tomorrow in northern portions of the forecast area before drier air moves in behind. Favored, localized amounts of 6-8 inches are possible in the Elkhead, Park, and Flat Top Mountains above 8,000 feet by Tuesday morning. However, it appears that snowfall amounts that high will be the exception, not the rule across the entire ranges. Lesser amounts of 1-3 inches can be expected below 8,000 feet. With wind not expected to pose an impact, decided to issue an SPS through tomorrow afternoon. Although light showers will remain possible on orographically favored northwest slopes into Tuesday, much of the snowfall is expected to taper off Monday night. This disturbance then digs south as it crosses the divide and moves into the central/southern plains as we continue ...

Area River Conditions

USGS Gauge Streamflow Gauge Height Elevation
Castle Creek Below Castle Valley Near Moab, Ut
4 cfs 6 ft 4095 ft
Mill Creek At Sheley Tunnel, Near Moab, Ut.
33 cfs 4 ft 5403 ft
Mill Creek Below Sheley Tunnel, Near Moab, Ut
3 cfs 1 ft 5345 ft
South Creek Above Reservoir Near Monticello, Ut
13 cfs 1 ft 7174 ft
Recapture Creek Near Blanding, Ut
10 cfs 1 ft 7198 ft

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