I have been on the waters of Lake Powell enough to know that it is a different world in and of itself. Not having my own boat, Lake Powell hasn’t been on my list.
That was until I met Capt. Ray Golden, owner of the Ticaboo Resort. Capt. Ray has a look that is as rugged as the country in which his resort is located, with a heart big enough to make you feel like a friend as soon as you meet him.
My first question to him was why he has the title in front of his name? It is because he is one — a certified captain of the seas with a U.S. Coast Guard Master’s License qualifying him to take up to a 100-ton vessel through navigable waters.
Capt. Ray invited me to bring my ATV down to Ticaboo near the Bull Frog Marina and experience his resort and learn about the trails in the Henry Mountain/Robber’s Roost Trail System. I set up a ride with the NUATV club and took him up on his offer.
Coming out of Northern Utah’s May weather, the first thing I learned is that I didn’t need even a light jacket. The temperatures were near the 90-degree mark and it would have been hot except for a strong breeze that made things bearable.
The resort consists of 72 rooms with the amenities you would expect at a nice motel and, of course, air conditioning. There is also an outdoor pool, volleyball court, BBQ grills and fire pits. There are even outdoor movies on Friday nights. The resort also features guest computers in the lobby and restaurants on location and nearby. Group housing sleeping up to 12 is also available.
A variety of excursions are offered to visitors at reasonable prices, including canyoneering, hiking, biking, kayaking, rock hounding, wildlife watching and motor boating. Professional guides will take you there and back. Here is a sampling of what you can expect:
• Poison Springs Trip
Enjoy an amazing all-day UTV ride to petroglyphs and interesting areas of petrified wood.
• Bull Creek Pass
Drive a UTV on a 68-mile loop through the spectacular Henry Mountains. Pan for gold and search for gemstones in the waters of the creek.
• Ticaboo Sunset Tour
Relish a UTV ride to Ticaboo Mesa, then hike to the point and watch a magnificent sunset.
• Smith Fork Iron Man
Delight in a UTV ride down Smith Fork Canyon, then hike down to Lake Powell and kayak out.
• Bird and Wildlife Tour
A ride in the Henry Mountains to see birds, elk, deer and bison (that is a sophisticated word for buffalo or tatonka).
• Owl Prowl
Go out by UTV to hear and possibly see the Mexican Spotted Owl.
• Mine Tour
Visit a variety of abandoned mines around Lake Powell and enjoy some fun rock hounding activities.
If you bring your own machine, you will find pricing for these trips even more reasonable. I got a taste of some of the trails and I am ready to go back for more.
As warm as it was, I asked about riding ATVs in the heat of the summer, when temperatures can push 115 degrees. Capt. Ray told me that during the warmer months they take the trails in the Henry Mountains. The elevations reach to over 10,000 feet, and in the middle of the summer the temperatures are in the mid-70s.
If riding the trails does not appeal to you, boat rentals are available on a day, multi-day and weekly basis. Boats that are available range from fishing boats to party barges. Compared to rates at other marinas, and considering the remoteness of the resort, these rates are pretty good.
While the resort is usually booked on the weekends, rooms are easier to get during the week. The busy season is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but there are some very pleasant temperatures between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. Early spring dates are also a great option to consider.
When you go take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down and discover the beauty of the Henry Mountain/Robber’s Roost Trails. More information is available at www.ticaboo.com.
You can email Lynn Blamires at firstname.lastname@example.org.