Jeep Wrangler Forum banner
  • Hey everyone! Enter your ride HERE to be a part of JUNE's Ride of the Month Challenge!

1 - 20 of 45 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
422 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm heading south on a bit of a vacation in a couple weeks. Travelling from Canada down through Glacier Park, check out Yellowstone and then to Moab.

Im familiar with Glacier but any recommendations on Yellowstone or Moab would be awesome. For example, camp grounds...I'm more concerned with a view than having showers. Also mnt bike trails, hikes, as well as any wheeling along the way and Jeep trails in Moab.

I've been doing research online but interested in others personal experience.

Cheers
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,999 Posts
That will be a great trip. Make sure you have stuff lined up ahead of time. Yellowstone and Glacier both get full this time of year. Sometimes the hardest part is finding somewhere to stay...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
422 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
That will be a great trip. Make sure you have stuff lined up ahead of time. Yellowstone and Glacier both get full this time of year. Sometimes the hardest part is finding somewhere to stay...
Ya, that's an excellent point. I always end up in a poor camp ground because I don't like booking anything and being required to stick to a schedule! Maybe this year will be different.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,101 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
422 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I just got back from Moab not too long ago, and am headed out to Colorado on Thursday. Buy this book. It is worth its weight in gold.

Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails: Charles A. Wells, Shelley Mayer: 9781934838068: Amazon.com: Books

If you have any specific questions, fire away. Also, you are going during a hot time, so be prepared!

You can also check out my Moab thread...
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/my-jeep-pilgrimage-to-the-promised-land-moab-242840.html
Hey thanks. The book is a great idea. I guess for specific questions, and I realize these are all subjective but...best camp ground, decent motel, trails to make sure I do, restaurants, guided tours ect.

And I realize it will be hot, I've been to Thailand 3 times and the gf has a condo in Phoenix so I've been there lots as well. My biggest concern with the heat is sleeping at night...I'm not sure if it cools down much?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
545 Posts
Moab and Yellowstone

I just got back from Moab not too long ago, and am headed out to Colorado on Thursday. Buy this book. It is worth its weight in gold.

Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails: Charles A. Wells, Shelley Mayer: 9781934838068: Amazon.com: Books

If you have any specific questions, fire away. Also, you are going during a hot time, so be prepared!

You can also check out my Moab thread...
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/my-jeep-pilgrimage-to-the-promised-land-moab-242840.html
You must get the Moab book mentioned above. It has all the trails listed, along with difficulty, and best of all, the GPS coordinates. You will love Moab. You might also want to visit Arches while you are there and maybe Canyonlands.

There is a book called Wyoming Backroads by Marc Smith. It is like the Moab book but with all the trails of Wyoming. You can get it from Amazon. It contains an off-highway guide to Wyoming's best backcountry drives, 4wd routes and ATV trails. Aside from a few side roads in the Bridger-Teton National forest, unmodified 4x4's will have no problem negotiating the rougher roads. ATV usage is prohibited in the National Parks. There are miles of designated trails in the mountains east of the Grand Tetons National Park.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,999 Posts
I want to head to Moab again soon (haven't been for over 10 years). I was likely going to do Moab and Ouray, CO which isn't too far and is a great spot. Are you doing the trip alone? Don't count on it getting too cool at night unless you are at elevation. The valleys in all those states are cooking right now!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
712 Posts
Never done Yellowstone but have done Moab multiple times. X2 on that book mentioned above. Make sure you get the latest edition and I would also suggest getting in the spiral bound version. Lots of fun to be had there. Next trip I'm taking the bikes too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
422 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
I want to head to Moab again soon (haven't been for over 10 years). I was likely going to do Moab and Ouray, CO which isn't too far and is a great spot. Are you doing the trip alone? Don't count on it getting too cool at night unless you are at elevation. The valleys in all those states are cooking right now!
No other jeeps with me...just the gf. If its too hot I'm sure I can spring for a hotel with AC and a pool:)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,101 Posts
I believe it has been well over 100F lately in the Moab area. Plan accordingly, and be safe. Also make sure your rig is tip top.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
422 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Yup, rig is about as trustworthy as any. My weak point is if my trailer blows a tire...maybe from the heat with highway travel. I don't have a spare (eek).



image-1870373769.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,251 Posts
I've been to Yellowstone the last 3 summers. Best Natl Park in lower 48. Glacier is good to hike across. Moab, this time of year, will be as hot as the sun. From Yellowstone go thru Flaming Gorge, shoot down Colorado 139 then 550 (million dollar hwy), do the trails near Ouray and Silverton, cut across to Moab (if you must) via Durango. Moab is better in April or October.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,101 Posts
Yup, rig is about as trustworthy as any. My weak point is if my trailer blows a tire...maybe from the heat with highway travel. I don't have a spare (eek).



View attachment 273378
You don't have a spare for the trailer or the Jeep? If the trailer, get a can of fixaflat and a puncture kit. Should cost you no more than 20 bucks. I cannot stress water enough. You need 2 gallons per person per day AT LEAST, which means you need to have 3 gallons per person. also, have extra gas, at least 4 gallons (I prefer 8 or 10.) Get a box of high calorie candy bars/protein bars. Have a tarp and 550lb paracord (100ft.) Have a 10 pack of emergency blankets. Have a first aid kit, if traveling with a female, female products. Have a bottle of peroxide. Have a bottle of bleach or water purification tablets. If you can spare the money, buy a steri-pen, an invaluable item I think any traveling jeeper MUST have. Have a fire extinguisher. Top off your washer fluid. Make sure you have an air compressor, you WILL need to air down or you'll lose all your teeth. Have a cooler with ice, and buy blocked ice, not cubed ice. Also, buy a pack of bungie cords to tie all your luggage down. On those trails, everything will bounce around. Any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'm heading out to Ouray CO thursday night! Im putting 15000 miles on my JK this year JUST on adventures alone, but it's what the Jeep was made for.

BTW, I don't mean to dent your vacation plans, but IF you are in a time crunch, I would advise you to go to the San Juan mountains in colorado instead of yellowstone. Yellowstone is pretty, but as far as jeeping goes, Colorado, especially that part, is unbeatable.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
23,754 Posts
I just got back the end of June and it was awesom buy the book by Wells as was mentioned. I will say his trail rating is conservative. His easy rated trails are more then doable in a vw passat and his medium trails that I went on were pretty easy. Next time I go back I will explore some of the more difficult trails. I went solo and had no issues. It did get over 100* but no big deal as it is a dry heat lol. It cooled down fine at night and we camped and there is lots of free camping in the area.
What ever you do and I mean what ever you do go to the Moab brewery and have some of the over the top hefi beer. Perhaps the finest in existence.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,101 Posts
I just got back the end of June and it was awesom buy the book by Wells as was mentioned. I will say his trail rating is conservative. His easy rated trails are more then doable in a vw passat and his medium trails that I went on were pretty easy. Next time I go back I will explore some of the more difficult trails. I went solo and had no issues. It did get over 100* but no big deal as it is a dry heat lol. It cooled down fine at night and we camped and there is lots of free camping in the area.
What ever you do and I mean what ever you do go to the Moab brewery and have some of the over the top hefi beer. Perhaps the finest in existence.
Some are conservative, but it depends on conditions. Hurrah pass went from "passat easy" to 6" lifted truck on 35s getting swallowed by runoff. Also, a lot of trails are super easy (or easy) with one difficult obstacle (ie top of the world.) Some are difficult due to terrain (ie la sal pass.) Those rocks are small, but will easily shred a tire. The book should be treated as a guide (like GPS systems.) It is NOT a replacement for your brain. I would have been in very serious trouble (almost was) on La Sal pass because the book rated it moderate but I didn't account for conditions. :thumb:
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
23,754 Posts
I've been to Yellowstone the last 3 summers. Best Natl Park in lower 48. Glacier is good to hike across. Moab, this time of year, will be as hot as the sun. From Yellowstone go thru Flaming Gorge, shoot down Colorado 139 then 550 (million dollar hwy), do the trails near Ouray and Silverton, cut across to Moab (if you must) via Durango. Moab is better in April or October.
Funny how if a person lives close to a park it is no big deal as I am spoiled. I have been to YS no less then 20X's over the years as it is close by as is GNP. I will take Glacier any day but to enjoy Glacier you need to hike so by car YS is better but this time of year it is insane with tourists. I agree on Ouray, Silverton and Durango. I used to do Moab every year in March on the mountain bike and it is a great time to be there but I found it nicer the end of June as nobody was out on the trails.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
219 Posts
Yellowstone is awesome. The Lamar Valley and NE section is relatively tourist free, which is crazy because thats where a majority of the wild life is. Outside the NE Gate, past Cooke City is Beartooth Pass....IMO the most beautiful road in America. There are literally hundreds of glacial lakes full of trout, numerous hiking and biking trails, and a few nice offroad trails. I've spent years in the area (my family lives in (Red Lodge), and will be there in three weeks fishing a few lakes near Top Of The World, Mt.
If you check out the area, make sure you have a few people, make lots of noise, and carry bear spray......LOTS of grizzlies in the area.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
422 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 ·
I've been to Yellowstone the last 3 summers. Best Natl Park in lower 48. Glacier is good to hike across. Moab, this time of year, will be as hot as the sun. From Yellowstone go thru Flaming Gorge, shoot down Colorado 139 then 550 (million dollar hwy), do the trails near Ouray and Silverton, cut across to Moab (if you must) via Durango. Moab is better in April or October.
Thanks. I appreciate the route recommendations bud. I realize that it's better when it's not so hot but I have 25 days off and want to go so ill have to deal with the heat.
 
1 - 20 of 45 Posts
Top