Myself and 2 buddies did a fast road trip to Moab. It was a little over 11 hours thanks to Montana and Idaho being 75mph and parts of Utah being 80mph (finally a state with sense lol). Kept the cruise on about 82mph. Moving average according to Betty (my garmin Nuvi) was almost 74mph which included having to slow for salt lake traffic and thru some small towns so kept it steady. Got 15-17mpg in my 14 jkur with 34's and 4.10's my buddy with 33's and 14 jku with 3.73 got 1-2mpg better then me and my buddy with a TJ and 33's got worse.
Camped on Sand Flats and went dawn to dusk everyday. Got lost a few times and had a blast. I will try and get some video and more photos up once I sort thru them. but here is a primer in no particular order. I had never used a gopro before so be kind..
great shots! Thanks for the photojournal.....these days my hemmies don't allow most of those kinds of routes.
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Thanks for the pics and videos! We're heading out there for the Jeep Safari next month. Can't wait!
I gotta say I was happy there were but a few jeeps. In 4 days of hard trail riding we saw 6 other jeeps 5 wranglers and a Liberty (on the very first part of Fins and Things and we saw them a short while later on a razor so we think the did not like it much. There tires were pumped up rock hard and I told them they needed to air down and they asked why) and 3 Razors. Pretty much could do our pace whether we were driving 50mph on the Dome plateau sand or creeping in the rocks and sandstone.
Thanks for spending time and money in my back yard. We appreciate it very much. Y'all come back soon.
baby lions back. Lions back is closed now. To be honest we camped cheap on sand flat rd BLM camp spot and only ate 2X at the Moab brewery had a couple of growlers filled there and that was it for eating. We brought food with us and really did it on the cheap. by the time we got back each night the town was closed down. We were not even able to get any Moab stickers as apparently at 6pm the doors lock lol. hopefully be back this summer.
thanks, in that post #15 video if you don't get bored prior to 5 minutes it gives you an idea of how steep it really is. my buddy dropped off in his TJ and disappeared. his back bumper is considerably higher then mine and he hit on it. I jumped out to move a rock for my front tire to land on. I wish there was a way to make video really show the steepness but still learning.
How was getting to Top of the world?
The wife and I are heading out in a couple months and that picture is on my list!
It is very fun. It is scary as hell pulling out on to the rock and even worse standing on the edge as the wind just gusts. my knees were shaking. You swear you are closer to the edge then you are. I talked to a local on a razor who said he comes up to it several times a year and he said this year it seemed worse due to erosion then in the past. The trail is not scary coming or going tho as there is no edge to fall of from. there is a lot of steep ledge steps you need to go up and down. you go up one direction and there is a loop so you can go down another. The guy on the razor said he has never gone out on the rock as he said it just too sketchy for him. Definitely should do it when you are there. We got lost taking a short cut over to Rose Garden Hill which is the first two videos I showed. That was by far the scariest thing we did as there was no going back and it was very narrow and if you went over you just free fell. My buddy said he actually peed his pants. I found out later it was for Razors and atvs.
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I hate to sound like a Nike commercial, but just do it. It is the coolest place on earth and once you finally go you will kick yourself for waiting so long. We did it on the cheap camped, brought food and pretty much it was just gas money. Drove straight down and straight back and had four hard days of playing.
Folks, if you run some of these trails please don't go alone. These folks did it right in a group and it looks like you know what you are doing as these are not beginners trails. Great stuff, nice post, thanks.
One more heads up. Sandstone is not very strong or stable. Big sandstones can crack and break very quickly and will tear off your skin in a hurry. Be safe but come and enjoy this great country.