Forty years I've been hearing about the great wheeling avail around Moab, Utah. Have done a lot of four-wheeling, but never made it to Moab. Mama and I are going next spring, to the Easter Jeep Safari. Already made motel reservations so we don't have to camp. Mama doesn't like tents & no showers anymore. I don't much care. Funny.
Looking for tips to make the trip a success, have fun, run a few trails, see some cool stuff. Enjoy the trip.
Will road trip from Washington State in our 2-door Jeep Sport. Hard top, 3.6, manual trans, 3.21's. Am running 32" BFG All Terrain tires.
Considering having the local shop add a good tight rear limited slip. Also considering some kind of rocker panel protection and a skid plate for under the transmission & engine oil pan.
We've got a couple of good coolers and all the recovery & safety equipment.
So, you Moab veterans, fire away with recommendations!
Moab trail guide is good recommendation. It will take you through some interesting areas.
If momma gets tired of 4-wheeling or needs a day doing some scenic driving, start out by heading south to Blanding then down towards Mexican Hat. Take the turnoff to go through the Valley of the Gods. Interesting rock formations... road can be rough but you will see passenger cars driving it. (Note to self: never buy a rental car from Utah) Just as you exit the Valley of the Gods onto the paved highway, turn to the right to go up Moki Dugway. (Side trip = turn left to go to Goosenecks State Park) Moki Dugway is a fun drive about 3-4 miles up switchbacks. Might want to drive back down just to see the view from a different direction. You can see forever from there.
Continue down this hwy 261 for abt 25 miles to hwy 95. Turn left and follow it to Hanksville. Beautiful scenery most of the way. (Side trip = turn left onto hwy 24 to go into Capital Reef National Park... going through the canyon near Frutia is interesting as is Frutia itself) From hwy 95 at Hanksville turn right onto hwy 24. Swing by Goblin Valley State Park for some interesting rock formations.
Hwy 24 is kind of barren until you get to I70. Go east through Green River then head on back to moab. Long day but lots of photo opportunities.
Next mod - I am going to replace the accelerator cable to see if I can increase my 2.5L 4-cylinder's power and acceleration!
Unless you plan on participating in the Jeep events, I would cancel your reservation and go before or after EJS. Moab is a zoo during EJS, and everything is triple the price. The trails are also packed, IMHO, ruining the pristine solitude of Moab. The book is a great recommendation and will make sure you don't get into too much trouble.
Good point about crowds Dave...I'm planning Albuquerque & Moab in May this year to avoid crowds. Unfortunately I'll only have a couple of days in each. With 2013 Sport, manual 2-dr, soft-top, no lift, spaced out 32" tires & Rubicon shocks I will stay on easy / very moderate trails (scenic priority). Since this is cross country (18 day) trek I can't risk damage. I continue to scour this forum for "Best Places" to see+sleep+eat and other tips with great success.
Jeep Monkey, good suggestions with the scenic route. Monument Valley and of course Arches are easy scenic routes also. Goblin Valley was pretty cool too. As for places to eat there are two little burger joints across the highway from each other in Hanksville that aren't half bad. In Moab itself Moab diner is great, Moab grill, not so great. Veggies came out of a can and service had an attitude. We were camping so we cooked our own most of the time.
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