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Old 12-23-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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need help planning a trip to Moab

Our family of four (2 driving age teenage sons and adventurous wife) would be heading out west mid-June. Would be renting an RV and trailering our TJ with us. Here's our trip criteria, along with questions, feedback greatly appreciated!
  • mid-late June 2013
  • about a 2 week trip including 2 days travel, each way
  • camping in the RV each night
  • Would like to spend about 3-5 days on the trails with the Jeep, probably mostly in Moab; interested mostly in the scenery vs radical rock climbing and technical trails
  • jeep has a 4" lift, with 33" mud terrains. open diffs. no winch. so probably limited to trail ratings of 3-4, which is ok or the family - suggestions on trails?
  • would be ok with doing trails "alone", but would consider paid/guided trips or joining up with others - suggestions for guide company?
  • would like to hit some other National Parks too, like Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands; if trails there, would wheel there too
we'd also be interested in rafting, rock-climbing, and mountain biking (why the heck do i live in OH anyway???....) so those activities will end up taking some of our days too.

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Old 12-28-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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Don't have any trail info but Bryce and Zion are worth visiting at least one day for each. Great hiking and scenery get a spare memory card for the camera.

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Old 12-31-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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Our family of four (2 driving age teenage sons and adventurous wife) would be heading out west mid-June. Would be renting an RV and trailering our TJ with us. Here's our trip criteria, along with questions, feedback greatly appreciated!
  • mid-late June 2013
  • about a 2 week trip including 2 days travel, each way
  • camping in the RV each night
  • Would like to spend about 3-5 days on the trails with the Jeep, probably mostly in Moab; interested mostly in the scenery vs radical rock climbing and technical trails
  • jeep has a 4" lift, with 33" mud terrains. open diffs. no winch. so probably limited to trail ratings of 3-4, which is ok or the family - suggestions on trails?
  • would be ok with doing trails "alone", but would consider paid/guided trips or joining up with others - suggestions for guide company?
  • would like to hit some other National Parks too, like Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands; if trails there, would wheel there too
we'd also be interested in rafting, rock-climbing, and mountain biking (why the heck do i live in OH anyway???....) so those activities will end up taking some of our days too.
Moab will be HOT in June.

For Jeep trails, go straight to the Visitor Center and describe your jeep and your interests. They will tell recommend trails that fit your ability. My Jeep is stock so I did chicken corners. Latitude 40 has two maps covering the area complete with Jeep Safari routes. It's worth the $20

For mountain biking I rode the practice loop and didn't enjoy it. The slick rock was interesting but it's far from smooth and doesn't flow as nice as other trails. The bike shop could recommend better rides than that one. You will want to ride at dawn to avoid the heat. Plan to finish by 10AM.

Canyoning is fun. You rappel in to canyons and hike out the bottom. The rock formations are neat and it will be cooler in the shady canyons than the desert top side. Kayaking 'The Daily' is another option.

Have fun.

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You may want to rethink your June timing. Moab will be crazy hot. I have been the first week in June for the last two years and I have been lucky...87°-95°F. The sun beats down on the slickrock and it gets wicked nasty. Just a little FYI.

As for trails. Hells Revenge is a must for any Wrangler owner. Many stock Jeeps can run the trail. Just take the bypass at Hells Gate and the Escalator.

Schafer Switchbacks/Potash Road is a great scenic drive. Has an amazing view of the canyon from Dead Horse Point.

Onion Creek is fun on a hot day. 25 shallow creek crossings in and then you get to come back. My girls love this easy trail.
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You may want to rethink your June timing. Moab will be crazy hot. I have been the first week in June for the last two years and I have been lucky...87°-95°F. The sun beats down on the slickrock and it gets wicked nasty. Just a little FYI.
He is right. If you are willing to drive that far you should consider other destinations. Colorado has nice summers. The ski resorts open for mountain biking and the opportunities for rock climbing are limitless. My off road time was limited there but I'm sure you can get excellent trail recommendations in the Colorado forum.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:23 AM   #6
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i'll def give it some thought- good advice on the temperatures (was worried about that). problem is the kids' school schedules.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:55 PM   #7
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Check out traildamage. It is a great site for trails in Utah and Colorado and the difficulty ratings are spot on. We spent 3 days in Moab last June and it was hot but still worth it. We skipped camping and stayed at a hotel that trip just so we could cool off from time to time.

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