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Old 12-18-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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Taking parents west to Moab and Ouray...suggestions needed

for the past few years my brother and i have been taking the parents on trips from Hong Kong, Ireland, and trips around the Southeastern part of the US. This year we want to take them out west to Moab, UT and Ouray, CO. My father has always wanted to take a road trip like this and now that he is 67 i think its past due. Most trips that we have taken have been by plane so he has never felt part of the adventure. only so much you can see 30K in the air.

with all of that said, i would like some input and suggestions on what to see and trails to take. we are planning to start out from Tuscumbia, AL March 14th and return March 22nd or 23rd. i know long drive in such a short time. only week everyone is free from work. we will be traveling in a 2012 JKU Sahara and 2014 JKU Rubicon X. both are stock so no major rock crawling. the plan is to have family time along with seeing nature and all the wonders that both of these locations offer. want to drive some jeep trails. thats why we have them. thanks in advance.

rough schedule: (will change several times)
Mar 14th: start journey from Alabama in the early AM. looking to make it to around Topeka, KS.
Mar 15th: hit the road again. goal is Denver, CO. (parents like to stop and look A LOT)
Mar 16th: arrive in Moab,UT. hitting the sights and trails
Mar 17th: hitting the sights and trails
Mar 18th: hitting the sights and trails
Mar 19th: hitting the sights and trails
Mar 20th: leave Moab,UT or Ouray, CO and drive to somewhere around Amarillo,TX
Mar 21st: on the road to Little Rock,AK
Mar 22nd: head east and back in sweet home Alabama
Mar 23rd: just in case we want an extra day

Ouray will need to fit in the sights and trail days. my understanding that Ouray is not far from Moab. things that we can do will depend on weather.

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Wow, that's ambitious! You could spend a week in either Moab or Ouray and not feel like you had enough time. Ouray is about 3 - 3.5 hours from Moab. They aren't 4x4 trails but with only a few days in Moab you should drive through Arches NP and Canyonlands NP. Grab a Moab 4x4 trails book and find a couple of trails that fit your driving style and look interesting to you. I would highly recommend some time on the trails in the Ouray area like the Alpine Loop but in March they most likely will still be covered in snow. Highway 550 from Ouray to Durango with a stop in Silverton is worth the trip. Check with some locals for roads to ghost towns/mines that may be open at that time.

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Thanks for the input. kinda worried about the weather in Ouray but if i miss most of it then i will have to make another trip. also means more time in Moab.
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Sounds like an awesome trip. Ive never ran that route but in March I would definitely bring a set of chains for each rig. Weather has been weird these last few years...
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:45 PM   #5
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Little Rock, Alaska???

Anyway the Jeep roads in Ouray will still be closed in March. That's when we get our most and heaviest snowfall. They should open in May. However, if you want to have an "oh wow" experience, it's really pretty here in snow, and there's lots to see and do in Ouray County.
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Damn never even caught that one. Not sure I could make it that far.

Still planning on at least driving through Ouray. I'm sure it's amazing. Not much snow happens in the Deep South.
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for the past few years my brother and i have been taking the parents on trips from Hong Kong, Ireland, and trips around the Southeastern part of the US. This year we want to take them out west to Moab, UT and Ouray, CO. My father has always wanted to take a road trip like this and now that he is 67 i think its past due. Most trips that we have taken have been by plane so he has never felt part of the adventure. only so much you can see 30K in the air.

with all of that said, i would like some input and suggestions on what to see and trails to take. we are planning to start out from Tuscumbia, AL March 14th and return March 22nd or 23rd. i know long drive in such a short time. only week everyone is free from work. we will be traveling in a 2012 JKU Sahara and 2014 JKU Rubicon X. both are stock so no major rock crawling. the plan is to have family time along with seeing nature and all the wonders that both of these locations offer. want to drive some jeep trails. thats why we have them. thanks in advance.

rough schedule: (will change several times)
Mar 14th: start journey from Alabama in the early AM. looking to make it to around Topeka, KS.
Mar 15th: hit the road again. goal is Denver, CO. (parents like to stop and look A LOT)
Mar 16th: arrive in Moab,UT. hitting the sights and trails
Mar 17th: hitting the sights and trails
Mar 18th: hitting the sights and trails
Mar 19th: hitting the sights and trails
Mar 20th: leave Moab,UT or Ouray, CO and drive to somewhere around Amarillo,TX
Mar 21st: on the road to Little Rock,AK
Mar 22nd: head east and back in sweet home Alabama
Mar 23rd: just in case we want an extra day

Ouray will need to fit in the sights and trail days. my understanding that Ouray is not far from Moab. things that we can do will depend on weather.
Don't waste your time in Colorado in March. I was there in May and 8K passes still had 3 feet of snow on em, 10K+ passes will be buried. If you only have a week, spend it all in Moab. You can spend a month in Canyonlands alone.
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Uncle O - you and your brother are to be commended! What a great thing to do for your parents.

Enjoy the trip! Unless it's an unusual year, there's going to be a LOT of snow at higher elevations in March. Winter doesn't really quit up high in the Rocky Mountains until, oh, late July or so... Then it starts again in October... There's usually a couple of weeks of summer somewhere in there though!

Seems like you're in for a great trip, and I don't have a lot of suggestions. You're going to be putting in a lot of time behind the wheel, on the highway. Hope everyone travels well.

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Very few jeep trails will be open around the Ouray area during March (and probably April, May)..... Moab is a jeeping wonderworld. LOTS of trails open in the spring months ........
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The county will start plowing trails May 1st. A few, like Black Bear Pass, may not open until June depending on snow, which we are getting a ton of right now.

Anyway, check the links I posted, have fun!
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Getting ready for the trip that is approaching. Working on my checklist. Vacation rental: check. Guidebook: check. Budget set aside: check. Now I have a few questions.

1) any mod suggestions for my stock Rubicon X before heading there? Lift is scheduled later so that one is out.
2) packing must?
3) recovery must?

Thanks again for all the help. Parents are looking forward to the trip almost as much as I am.
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Getting ready for the trip that is approaching. Working on my checklist. Vacation rental: check. Guidebook: check. Budget set aside: check. Now I have a few questions.

1) any mod suggestions for my stock Rubicon X before heading there? Lift is scheduled later so that one is out.
2) packing must?
3) recovery must?

Thanks again for all the help. Parents are looking forward to the trip almost as much as I am.
Where exactly are you going, and what are your plans for lodging?
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Where exactly are you going, and what are your plans for lodging?
will be traveling from Alabama to Moab this March. have a rental house for 3 nights. just now starting to really put a plan together for when we are there. wanting to get the most out of the trip. the goal is to see the landscape and history of Moab. nothing too extreme due to having to drive back and not wanting the jeep to limp back .
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will be traveling from Alabama to Moab this March. have a rental house for 3 nights. just now starting to really put a plan together for when we are there. wanting to get the most out of the trip. the goal is to see the landscape and history of Moab. nothing too extreme due to having to drive back and not wanting the jeep to limp back .
You are driving from Alabama to Moab for only 3 days?
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You are driving from Alabama to Moab for only 3 days?
yes. Moab is the destination but it's really about taking the parents on a road trip out west. I know we will not see but a touch of Moab in three days but it's the drive out that we will see tons.
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I'm sure when it's all over with I will say a trip like that is nuts but never know till you try. I'll keep a thread journal during it all. Should be great reading entertainment
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Have fun and keep us informed. I would also suggest heading to the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction which is fairly close to Moab, and if you want to see snow, the Grand Mesa at 11,000 feet is only a 45 minute drive from Grand Junction.

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Next time come out in summer, spend a couple of weeks and stay in Ouray.
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yes. Moab is the destination but it's really about taking the parents on a road trip out west. I know we will not see but a touch of Moab in three days but it's the drive out that we will see tons.
Whats your route? Going through kansas on the i70?
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Whats your route? Going through kansas on the i70?
I hope he doesn't. I70 is the most boring interstate in the country. I would recommend US 50 if he has to drive through Kansas.
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I hope he doesn't. I70 is the most boring interstate in the country. I would recommend US 50 if he has to drive through Kansas.
True, I was just going to recommend that he stop by monument of the rocks.

Monument Rocks, the Chalk Pyramids - Kansas
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If you do Moab, take Potash road/Shafer Swithbacks into Canyonlands Island in the Sky District. Then stop at Dead Horse State park and run Long Canyon back to town.

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Definitely agree with the above trails (some of the prettiest in Moab.) Also Hurrah pass is breathtaking, and if you want something with a little more pucker factor (medium trail) continue from Hurrah pass to Chicken corners (but not if it rains.) Also make sure you have the Charles Wells book.
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Thanks. Have them marked in the Wells guide book. As for trip, not sure which road across that we are taking. Google maps has us following 70
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Well, if you do take 70 (and I would because it's a fast route to Moab) check out the link I posted above. It's only a few miles off of 70. Should be worth a look I hear. Im pissed I didn't hear about it when i was driving out there, but will stop there the next time for sure.
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Mar 20th: leave Moab,UT or Ouray, CO and drive to somewhere around Amarillo,TX.
I do not know what kind of four wheeling there may be in the area, but one of my favorite areas to drive thru and visit is northeastern New Mexico around Capulin Volcano. It is on the way from southern Colorado to the Amarillo area. Still going to be winter, but it is a truly great place to visit.
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Totally, totally forget about Ouray in March. That's the snowiest month of the year there. And take I-70. US 50 is more susceptible to being closed due to snow, and is slower anyway. Moab is simply awesome. Yeah, take a 1/2 day and visit Arches NP.

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