Hanksville is the closest TA forum to Caineville where we based ourselves for 3 nights in late June. That's 3 nights, prepaid & non-refundable, at the Caineville Rodeway Inn. The pool was good.
Day 1. Arrival into Caineville was from Boulder via the Burr Trail, Upper Muley Twist, and the old Notom Road. Upper Muley Twist was a wonderful hike (one of lots and lots in the area) but after 10 miles at 98F the Camelbaks were dry and we were reaching for the last of our reserve bottles. Pictures here, http://outtrim.id.au/USA2009/?p=590 As for the other roads, trails, hikes; how many times could you visit this area and not get bored or run out of ideas? The pool at the Inn was good.
Day2. We did travel back and forth through Hanksville on our way to the Horseshoe Canyon Unit of Canyonlands National Park to visit the Great Gallery. (The lodgings in Hanksville don’t look all bad) The pictographs of the Great Gallery are well documented, what was a pleasant surprise was the shaded seating (logs) to sit and admire the gallery - Extremely rewarding. It’s only a 6.5 mile round trip but we were flat out like lizards drinking getting out of that canyon. Again the temps were in the 90’s, uphill, in sand, sweating, cursing (at least the 12yo daughter was) – cold water never tasted so good. More pictures here, http://outtrim.id.au/USA2009/?p=598 A swim in a pool afterwards was good.
Dinner that night was at The Rim Rock Restaurant in Torrey. Good local company, good food and even a greeting from the Mayor on a pre-dinner town tour.
Day 3. Cathedral Valley in the Capitol Reef National Park. 60 odd miles of dirt road starting with a tame ford across the Fremont River. There are many contrasting landscapes along this loop from the open plains, through the Bentonite hills, canyons, vistas, monoliths before returning through more Bentonite and back into Caineville. We were followed by some big, threatening black clouds, lightning strikes and consequently we didn’t linger but kept moving. Pictures here kickoff with the obligatory old truck photo, http://outtrim.id.au/USA2009/?p=601 Maybe we didn’t earn it today but the pool was good.
Day 4. Before sunrise Noel was on his way out to the Temples of the Sun and Moon. But some of those dry washes we crossed yesterday afternoon weren’t so dry any more. The first one was in and out okay but the next one, just a mile from the temples, was too deep. Disappointment, yet somehow satisfaction, it can be done but not this time – “next time”. Sunrise was subsequently observed over the plains north of Hanksville near Factory Butte. http://outtrim.id.au/USA2009/?p=603
Leaving town was via a trip into the foothills of the Henry Mountains and a stop at Stans Burger Shak in Hanksville. We will return to the Henry Mountains with a more capable vehicle one day. Only shakes for the kids at Stan’s; the burgers looked good but Ray’s Tavern was only an hour up the road in Green River and Ray’s burgers are legendary.
When in Caineville eat at the Luna Mesa Oasis; at least for the experience. The food is edible, the surroundings are “authentic kitsch”, and the owners are friendly once you get to know them. Buy your lunch supplies at the Mesa Farm Market http://mesafarmmarket.com/ including some great bread and chevre.
Actually going back to the Rodeway Inn it was much better than just “the pool was good”. The rooms were clean, reception was friendly, the breakfast was what you’d get at any other low-mid range motel, the view was outstanding, there were no loud parties, parking was convenient and, with the temps in the 90’s, the pool was very, very good.Edited: 24 July 2010, 02:34