We were cruising along on Geyser Pass when we saw the sign pointing to Gold Basin. Basins are usually scenic and the road looked easy, so we decided to explore it. It's a short trail and it doesn't really go anywhere, but it was still a nice side trip.
We headed around big curves through tall aspens and evergreens. We didn't see anyone else on the trail. When we got to the end we saw a radio tower and a turnaround spot and no real basin. The basin isn't big and the views are nonexistent from the end.
After we turned around we decided to check out a big campsite we saw from the road. It was just inside the trees and there were lots of flat spots for tents. It would be a great place to come out of the Moab heat. It was far enough from Geyser Pass to stay out of traffic, but close enough for easy access to the area. We saw the ribs of an animal, and it gave it a creepy vibe so we didn't hang out.
We soon made our way back to Geyser Pass to finish that trail.