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Old 10-10-2010, 10:51 PM   #1
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Hellooo MOAB!!

What a neat town..Jeeps everywhere! We made it here today for the first time. Got a Jeep rented and will head out tomorrow to hit Gemini Bridge and then Long Canyon. We ate at Jay's tonight and will go to the Sunset Grill Monday night. Anyone have any other recommendations?

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Thats cool...never been there...Sounds like fun.

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Old 10-10-2010, 11:02 PM   #3
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Still jealous. I want to play in Moab.
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:13 PM   #4
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go to m40! its an awesome little jeep shop. they have a lot of used parts in the background.
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:54 PM   #5
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If he is still around, ya gotta get an authentic Italian pizza. He is usually set up in front of the coffee/gelato shop on main st. It's been a few months since I've been down there though. Eddie McStiffs has a decent nightlife. And the Red Rock Brewery cooks a decent steak. Which way are you hitting Long Canyon? From the top or bottom?

On a side note, see what you can find out about the rock/ mudslide on Potash Road heading up to Schafer switchback. I've heard it may be closed til next spring. Would be a shame to miss that.
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Mineral bottom has been closed due to the rock slide & they aren't going to fix it for a while now. This was in the local paper last week:


County: Mineral Bottom Road to remain closed until 2011
by Lisa J. Church
staff writer Moab Times Independent
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Grand County officials said this week that Mineral Bottom Road will remain closed indefinitely while the county works to find funding for the needed road repairs. Several sections of the road were completely washed out by heavy rains on Aug. 19, and Grand County Council Administrator Melinda Brimhall said in a news release this week that repairs will not be possible until “sometime in 2011” and will take eight to 12 weeks to complete.

The road is closed about 12 miles from the turnoff on state Route 313, just before the road’s well-known switchbacks begin, county officials said in the news release.

Several switchback sections were completely washed out by the force of water and falling debris, and material that fell near the switchbacks is “extremely unstable,” according to the news release. County officials said access to the road should not be attempted.

The road, which ends near an area called Horsethief Point, provides boat access to the Green River and access north to the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park.

“Due to the extensive damage and projected costs associated with repairing the road, it is likely that the road will be closed until sometime in 2011,” the news release states.

“It is widely recognized that Mineral Bottom Road is a key road for many recreational activities and the tourism industry for Moab and the Grand County area,” county officials said in the news release. “County staff is actively seeking funding sources for the road repairs and have placed the highest priority on working through this process as expeditiously as possible.”

Stakeholders, including Grand County, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management met at the site on Aug. 25 to discuss the damage and are currently collaborating “to find viable funding sources for the necessary road repairs,” the news release stated.


Read more: Moab Times-Independent - County Mineral Bottom Road to remain closed until 2011
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What a neat town..Jeeps everywhere! We made it here today for the first time. Got a Jeep rented and will head out tomorrow to hit Gemini Bridge and then Long Canyon. We ate at Jay's tonight and will go to the Sunset Grill Monday night. Anyone have any other recommendations?
You will love Sunset Grill, they have very nice food & we go there often. If you are going to Gemini bridges, make sur & go into Bull canyon at the bottom so you can look up at the bridges also. Another great drive is the SanJuan loop road, goes all the way from the river turn off at the big bridge North of town around Castle Valley & back into Moab, takes about 2.5 hours or longer if you stop at the Castle Valley Winery for a meal, with great views all the way. The Winery also has a great Museum with all the movie stars etc' that have made movies around Moab- John Wayne Michael J Fox, Thelma & Louise & many more
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Still jealous. I want to play in Moab.
Me too.
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Thanks for that info jcf. Even though it's bittersweet. I was especially amazed by that photo. Mother nature is awesome. Here is how I remember it...
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:50 AM   #10
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And Matt, enjoy your trip. It is an amazing area :-)
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:55 PM   #11
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I wish I could wheel in moab its been killing me looking in all the mags and all the pics everyone post booo I want to go!
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:26 PM   #12
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I've taken a couple trips out there; one from Omaha and one from St. Louis. Had a great time camping down by the river and wheeling. Fins and Things and Hells Revenge are good ones even for a stock Jeep. There are usually by passes on all of the obstacles if any look out of your experience range. Have fun.
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I love Hells Revenge as it is terrain that you may never see anywhere else. Not too hard, just be sensible. I will be down there not this upcoming weekend, but the next weekend. It will be fun just like when I was down there a couple months ago. Moab rules! I wish I could live there, but being an engineer and living in Moab have never seen eye to eye. I only live 5 hours away so that is close enough to play around whenever I want to take off for a weekend. So what is the weather like? Even if you do not run it I would suggest to watch people going up the Moab Rim trail. That one is pretty intense, but only for lockers and really tricked out Jeeps. Make sure while you are there that you take a look at all the dinosaur tracks and Indian carvings and I think everyone should hike to Delicate Arch as it is beautiful. You really can't go wrong with anything in Moab if you like the outdoors. Oh yea I love Poison Spider for the diversity of the trail, just make sure you take a GPS.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:34 AM   #14
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THANK YOU ALL for your suggestions.
We wheeled the jeep back to the Canyon Lands Jeep rental location at about 5 till 6, with 6 being the dealine. We looked into three of the rental places in town. All were nice and I would rent from any of them but we selected the Canyon Lands due to their excellent customer service. Cindy was supburb to work with. Plus their jeeps are the only ones that have Sirius Radio. Their rentals start at 8 am but they let us have it the night before for no extra cost.
We did Gemini Bridges, Long Canyon from the top to the bottom, Potash Road/shafer Switchback. We had an absolute blast. Now my wifee wants her own Jeep!
As recommended we purchased the book "Guide Moab, UT, Backroads & 4 Wheel Drive Trails, 2nd edition by Charles A Wills. Best $20 we spent on the trip, other than the on the jeep rental. It was a great guide to have. I recommend it to anyone who comes here.
We did see the Indian carvings. Sunset Grill was good. We were there early enough that we could dine outiside overlooking Moab and watch the sun set.
Today I want to try and hit the M40 Jeep Shop. For the wifee's benefit (and mine ) we are going to the Love Muffin Cafe for breakfast. (Great name). Hike the Delicate Arch then point the rental towards the north towards home.
So much to do here and so little time! This was our scout it out trip and now we will plan a long trip back. I will get a few pics up when we get home. Thanks to everyone for their help.
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Glad you had a great time!! And hope to see those pics!!
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Yeah, I got my wife hooked on it when I took her on my second trip. Want to start making it a vacation spot, but we'll have to wait till the kids are a little older.

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