Flickr album link: Rabbit Valley High North Campground
The McInnis Canyons National Conservation area is a vast high desert wilderness that beckons to be explored. The best way to go about experiencing this dramatic landscape is to just plan on doing as many overnight campouts on site that time will allow. This big conservation area is located along Interstate Highway 70 in western Colorado, but the paved road is where all conveniences come to an end. McInnis Canyons is a hiking, biking and 4x4 vehicle paradise, while touring by horseback or river rafting are optional travel modes too. This is not a good place for a regular passenger car, because being stranded in this unforgiving environment can result in a dangerous situation. However, there is a section of this park along the north side of the highway that passenger cars can easily access. The Trail Through Time is a popular short pathway tour that features the geological and natural history of this region and right next door is where the Rabbit Valley High North Campground can be found, which is a great spot for setting up a basecamp.
The dirt road going uphill to the Rabbit Valley High North Campground is usually smooth enough for passenger cars, RV campers and trailer haulers. There are some tight turns to negotiate, so large vehicle drivers will have their hands full. Upon arrival, it is best to first stop at the information kiosk and become familiar with the rules. There are many warnings and restrictions to be aware of that concern strict fire codes and sanitation devices, which are required. This is a free camping area with a time limit, so Rabbit Valley High North is a great choice for those who wish to stretch the vacation dollar.
The Colorado River, dozens of natural rock arches and some of the most beautiful terrain in the entire west can be found across the highway in the main body of McInnis Canyons, while the Colorado National Monument, Moab and the Book Cliffs are located practically right next door. For those who really want to stretch the limits of mountain biking, the 100+ mile Kokopelli Trail runs from Fruita to the National Parks in Moab, while floating down the river will achieve the same result. As one can easily see, the Rabbit Valley High North Campground is in the center of the action, so be sure to check it out when going for a McInnis Canyons grand tour!
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