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Hello all! Ok, I'm heading to Moab next month for the first time in my '08 Unlimited X, and I'm taking the wife and kids. She's stock except for 33's BF Goodrich A/T KO2 that I put on last week (was impressed at how they did in the snow this weekend!). I'm a newbie but can't wait to get over there and play around some! I've done a few trails in Idaho Springs area of CO, last Fall, but I'm ready to play on some red rock now! What trails do y'all recommend for a "first timer"? I know Jeeps are amazing machines, but what are some fun trails that my little stocker can handle? Any advice and recommendations are appreciated.
 

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Harrah pass.
Tusher tunnel is pretty cool.
 

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White Rim Trail is awesome, and easy. It's long, but can be done in a day...if you pack a good lunch and watch your fuel gauge.

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@Wayne, I had seen some stuff about Hurrah, and that one is on my list to look at more closely and I will have to check out Tusher Tunnel! @Prages, I've heard White Rim is pretty much an all dayer. We will spend 2 full days there so maybe we can take a day for that one. Is it true that a stock Jeep can handle Fins and Things?
 

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Hey Tony, we did Moab last summer for the first...be prepared to be knocked out! The place is magic. I can only speak from my own experiences there. Our first run was Spring Canyon Bottom. I selected it from the Charles A. Wells trail book. If you don't already have a copy, go on Amazon and order one. It's filled with maps, pictures and most importantly trail ratings. We wanted to get our feet wet on some not too challenging trails to start with.

Our trail selection went like this:

- Spring Canyon Bottom(breathtaking and pretty easy)
- Rainbow Terrace (easy mostly, we stayed way after dark)
- Fins & Things (Will scare you you in places, and you will drag if not lifted. I had a stock Hard Rock follow me, did nearly everything I attempted )

You can see pics and read a report I posted in my build thread starting at post # 618, pg. 21. You're going to love Moab, be sure and head out to see the Canyonlands National Park. If you can go either at the beginning of the day or the end, the light is spectacular for picture taking and human enjoyment!

This is what Spring Canyon Bottom looks like...


Hit me up with any questions you might have.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f314/hard-rock-rubi-1553025-38.html



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@Wayne, I had seen some stuff about Hurrah, and that one is on my list to look at more closely and I will have to check out Tusher Tunnel! @Prages, I've heard White Rim is pretty much an all dayer. We will spend 2 full days there so maybe we can take a day for that one. Is it true that a stock Jeep can handle Fins and Things?
We did it in a pretty much stock rental and it took us about 12 hours (taking a few side trails), but driving the Jeep like a rental...my wife thought it was a race.

It's definitely an all day trail, but like I said, it's an easy trail. Most, if not all, could be done in 2wd.

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definitely get that book by Charles webb. It also gives you turn by turn direction using your odometer.
 

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We did Moab for 2 weeks this past fall. Took a stock 2001 TJ with 2" body lift and 31x10.5 KO2's and Smittybilt 9.5k winch w/ straps. Open front and rear diffs. Got the book!

Ran these trails in this order:
Fins N Thing (2-days - split it)
Gemini Bridges
Sand Flats Road to La Sal Mtn Loop Rd
Arches NP back side 4x4 trail - really cool.
Top of the World
Hell's Revenge
Baby Lions Back
Potash Road / Shafer Switchbacks
Only issue was on Top of the World. Had to which up one set of ledges.

Take your time and pick good lines.
Full tank to start out. Lots of water.

HAVE FUN!!

Top of the World:


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Great info guys!!! I'm pumped! Will definitely do some easy stuff, but (I might regret this decision...LOL) I think I'll venture off and try some "pucker factor" trails too! Unfortunately, the CW Moab book is out of stock, unless I wanted a paperback, but I think I'll end up ruining that one. I have used the Traildamage site a lot for the Colorado trails, so I'll check it out for Moab too. I'm sure I'll drag a spot or two, but hopefully I can keep it from being too bad. Gotta learn somehow, and maybe it'll make me get off my wallet a little and expedite doing a lift and suspension ;)
 

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Awesome pic Cougarkid!!! I can see that Moab will have to be a regular thing for me! There are sooooo many awesome trails to go check out!
 

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Another vote for the book by Charles Webb. But a word of note about the book, the trail ratings are conservative. The green trails are super easy. The blue trails can be done in pretty much any SUV. The red trails are "Jeep" trails. You have to read the notes to see how hard a Jeep trail it actually is. Or search other sites for better rating info on a given trail. That said, we went to Moab for the first time last fall and the book was great. We started easy, doing LaSalle Pass. In the middle we were doing Chicken Corner. By the end we were doing red trails in our stock JKU BC. And we are new at this. In hind sight we wish we had been more aggressive with our trail picks. We did not do Fins and Things, wish we had. Others on the list for next time include Rose Garden (only did part of it this time), 7 Mile Rim, and Wipe Out Hill (the trail, not the hill).
We also did some trails in southwestern Colorado, like the Alpine Pass loop.
It was truly an amazing trip.
 

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@GuzziMoto, SW CO has some amazing trails. We rented a JK down in Ouray a couple years ago, and that is where I kind of got hooked on the Jeep adventure! I moved from FL (flat land and mud swamp) to CO back in 2010 and I'm always looking for new places to go and see that are off the beaten path! I figure since Moab is "just over the mountain" from Denver, it's a place to go see and experience!
 

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I'll be there April 20/24. Last year's trip got me hooked. Getting rig ready.

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Get the books, the Moab Visitor and information center has both the Well's and Massey Moab trail guides for sale. The White Rim is a must do. It is not a difficult trail unless you meet another Jeep on a ledge roads- someone is going to have to back up. Get an early start and it is doable in a day, however the Park Service now requires a permit, check out the Canyonlands web site for regs and road conditions. Have fun.
 

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I'm glad you mentioned that about the Park Service requiring permits because I had no idea about that!
 

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I picked this mag up in Phoenix at Desert Rat and started reading thru it. Awesome trail reviews and trail ratings. Describes Jeep capabilities, which many trails can be done by stock vehicles with 33" tires. Looks like a ton of fun and I will be out there the week of this event for a business trip. If I partake, I will need to rent a Jeep. I decided against driving my Jeep out from Ohio. Not sure I want to put the wear and tear on it. I have yet to look into renting a Jeep. Does anyone have any recommendations on who to rent a Jeep through? And is there a limit of days you must rent. I'd be fine doing one day.
I've been to Moab on mountain biking trips so I'm familiar with the area. Porcupine Rim on a mountain bike is amazing, so I'm sure in a Jeep is as much fun.
 

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