Mrs. Narc and I are in the process of picking out a destination for a Spring break trip in mid-April. I really wanted to go to Hueco, but several factors have pointed us in the direction of Joe’s Valley instead. It is within driving distance (sort of), both of us have never been, the weather seems decent that time of year, and the problems look fantastic at all grades. That said, I don’t really know much about Joe’s Valley itself other than it looks to have a ton of fun climbing.
Since it appears that I am one of the only people reading this blog to never have been Joe’s Valley, I’m hoping you guys can help me out. Here are a few of the main questions I was having about planning our trip:
- Camping – I’m aware of very primitive free camping, but we are willing to pay a nominal price for some running water. Is there a decent campground nearby?
- Guidebooks – I know that Dr Topo has a free topo, but here again we are willing to pay for a more complete set of information. Which guidebook is the best for Joe’s Valley?
- Rest day activities – Obviously we hope to climb as many days as possible, but it would be silly to drive all that way and not see some sights. I was thinking of heading to Moab, but other suggestions are welcome
Anything else I might have missed that would make for a successful trip would be greatly appreciated. If there is a problem that you feel we must check out in the V8 and under range, feel free to mention it as well but my plan is to not have much of a plan when we get out there.