Stage 8 : Beef Basin - Fable Valley
Possible water source
From Stanley Spring, the Beef Basin road heads south-west and then loops round to head in a westerly direction, before climbing uphill and north, to meet the well-signposted cut-off to the Fable Valley trailhead (S08P05).
The trailhead is reached after a half mile along a good dirt road. The good trail crosses a drainage after a quarter mile, where water may be available. The trail continues along an old cattle trail on a high bench, with high cliffs to the left, and huge drop-offs to the right. The canyon below us to the right, and evident up ahead, is Gypsum Canyon.
The walk along this section is very easy and pleasant, with the trail eventually slowly turning left, and dropping into a small drainage, in which there may be water flowing. The trail continues up and out of the gulley, before dropping gently into Fable Valley.
The walk through Fable Valley is very straightforward, and there may be running water close to the trail, originating from a good spring (S08P10). As we approach the side valley containing the spring, the tamarisk becomes much thicker, and a little bushwhacking may be necessary, although cattle seem to have created several pathways through. As you walk through the valley, look out for ancient ruins and rock art along the way.
S07P30 N37° 57.556' W109° 53.082' Stanley Spring
S08P05 N37° 57.746' W109° 57.045' Fable Valley cut-off
S08P10 N37° 54.646' W109° 58.878' Possible water