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    San Rafael Swell Reef and Moon Shine Tanks Wash Slot Canyon

    Every time we drive into the San Rafael Swell, we drive by the Reef, and I just stare at how cool and unique the Reef section of the Swell is . It is an area of the earth that the Earth's plates pushing against each other has caused it to rise up out of the ground. ..... While here, I found a treasure of a Slot Canyon right in the Reef called Moon Shine Tanks Wash Slot Canyon. It was fabulous, and a nice easy one for those wanting to try a slot canyon buy need something easy. Check it out in 360 degrees on my blog. This Post has a bonus of a Arial Panorama of this area that is jaw dropping amazing that my hubby did. It is definitely worth checking out.

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    That canyon (though officially unnamed) is actually referred to as Little Spotted Wolf Canyon. Moonshine Tanks are a bit to the south. There are some petroglyphs near Moonshine Tanks (any maybe some pretty rocks ). Also, it's spelled "Rafael," not "Rafeal."
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    The Swell is one of my favorite places. When I die I hope my heaven looks like the San Rafael Swell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockgremlin View Post
    When I die I hope my heaven looks like the San Rafael Swell.
    Is this about mormons again jeez

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    Forgot you guys get so uptight about uplifting messages. I will edit and delete anything uplifting for I realize some get easily offended with positive stuff.

    I would love to verify a name. I am looking up Little Spotted Wolf Canyon, and it looks like that is on the opposite side of I50 - 70. Do you have anyway I can prove that to Google Maps to submit that name, or any better name I would love to know. Gaia Maps has Moonshine Tanks at the end of the trail here, Google Maps does have it in front of the Reef and just barely to the south of the entrance. I definitely struggled with the name, and would love to get it added correctly.
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    Google Maps doesn't show Little Spotted Wolf Canyon 'cause it's not an official name (though that doesn't always stop them from listing something). Two of the top three Google search results for "Little Spotted Wolf Canyon" have a map or coordinates showing your canyon as Little Spotted Wolf. You can also look at the USGS topo which shows Moonshine Tanks to the south.
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    I agree that on all the Maps Moon Shine Tanks looks like the wash just South of the canyon I hiked, but it is very close, and all 3 maps (google, USGS Topo, and yours). The spot coming up for Little Spotted Wolf Canyon on all the maps is definitely not closer. It is way north of this canyon over by Spirit Arch. I would love help figuring out if there is a correct name, but it would have to have some verification so I can get it fixed, and I am quite sure it is not Little Spotted Wolf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunasAdventures View Post
    The spot coming up for Little Spotted Wolf Canyon on all the maps is definitely not closer. It is way north of this canyon over by Spirit Arch.
    All the maps? I can't find a single map that shows Little Spotted Wolf north of I-70, but as I mentioned earlier all the top Google search results put it in the canyon you call Moonshine Tanks.
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    If Udink tells you something about the Swell it's good to know the information basically came from God, to Udink, to you....

    I know few people that know more about the San Rafael Swell and I know a lot of very knowledgeable people.

    That is all.....

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    These links are perfect. I will fix my name, and try to fix it on Google maps. Thanks so much.

    i went to try and edit the location and saw this picture. The official sign for Little Spotted Wolf doesn’t look like this canyon. So confused. Name:  6B3D1187-5199-41A8-B9F4-3F3A93A446D3.jpg
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    The sign is missing one "little" word. Spotted Wolf Canyon is the one which I-70 passes through.
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    Dang is that it. Wow. That is confusing. Let me see what I can do to add that name at least on Google Maps now that I understand.
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