Middle Reservoir, Vermilion Cliffs NM

Middle Reservoir, Lynn Tank, Bushhead Valley Ranch and Shed Valley Tank, Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ

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In march 2017, we did an all day trip in the Vermilion Cliffs NM, visiting Big Sink Valley, Middle Reservoir, Lynn Tank, Bushhead Valley and Shed Valley Tank. We stopped at Middle Reservoir for lunch and headed to Lynn Tank from there. Lynn Tank is an area, where there are not many informations available. It is a natural tank, which has some very nice rock formations. This side trail to Lynn Tank was almost gone. From Lynn Tank we went to Bushhead Valley and stopped at the ranch. From the ranch we tried a trail, we never drove before, towards Shed Valley. That trail was partly very sandy, while crossing the Horse Ridge area. In Shed Valley Tank we found some very nice geological formations. From there we went out, due to the upcoming storm.

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Tracklog: Big Sink Valley, Middle Reservoir, Lynn Tank, Bushhead Valley Ranch and Shed Valley Tank (103 downloads)

The following map shows the complete round trip, starting from US89A:



Hi, my name is Christian. Since years, my wife and me are spending our vacation in the southwest of the USA. At the beginning, we had been visiting a lot of national parks, but after some time, we started to explore also areas off pavement. We started with the Coyote Buttes South region and White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs NM. Over years, we explored almost the complete Vermilion Cliffs NM and visited also a lot of other areas in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. Especially the Moab area and the San Rafael Swell are our favorites. But also the Rubicon trail in the High Sierras was very impressing. In 2015, we had been the first time in the Kingman, AZ area. There are a lot of outstanding 4WD trails, like Sleeping Princess or Moss Wash. This type of trails has a high difficulty rating and one should have the right vehicle and good driving skills to tackle this type of trails. As I did not find any good source of information about the trails, we planned to drive at the beginning of our ‘offroad adventures’, I started to create this website. I hope, that it has some use for visitors and gives some kind of information and also inspiration.


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