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Maverick Ranch RV Park Review In Lajitas, Texas

Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, Texas

Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, Texas

When we were exploring the Big Bend National Park area in the lower western tip of Texas, we stayed at the Maverick Ranch RV Park in Lajitas, Texas

First Lajitas, Texas. Lajitas is an unincorporated town located between Big Band National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. Yes, I did not know there was also a state park named Big Bend, but there is.

“Welcome To The Other Side Of Nowhere” is the saying down here. Where you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere but sometimes that is exactly what you need. Just to get away from the cities and the noise. To go somewhere were the skies are vast, the views are spectacular and the air is pure. The hiking and off-roading trails are boundless and plentiful, so be sure to bring your Jeep or dirt bike. What you don’t get a lot of here is options. There are a few decent and some what famous restaurants around the area but there are no big grocery stores, just a small corner store where you can get the basics and meet the local mayor, who happens to be a goat. A, dare I say, bigger store is about half an hour away in the town of Study-Butte, TX with a population of a whole 267 people. So you can imagine the size of that store. We were surprised and happy to see that they did carry Blue Bell Ice Cream though.

Our Site At The Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, TX

Our Site At The Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, TX

Our Site At The Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, TX

Our Site At The Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, TX

There are a few RV parks to chose from when you are visiting the Big Bend area. Some are closer to Big Bend National Park and are located right in Study-Butte. However, we chose to stay a little further out at Maverick Ranch RV Park. Maverick Ranch RV Park is part of a luxury resort with a world class golf course (which we don’t play), spa, Equestrian center, Skeet and Clay shooting, Zip lines, restaurants and even an International Airport so you can fly in with your private jet. When you stay at the rv park, you are privy to partake in all of the resort and it’s activities, for an additional fee of course.  

Restaurant At Lajitas Resort

Restaurant At Lajitas Resort

Shops And Rooms At Lajitas Resort

Shops And Rooms At Lajitas Resort

Enjoying A Prickly Pear Margarita While David Plays With Trevor Hickle

Enjoying A Prickly Pear Margarita While David Plays With Trevor Hickle

 

 

 

 

 

David got to play with Trevor Hickle one night in the Thirsty Goat Saloon while I sat and enjoyed a Prickly Pear Margarita, a specialty down there. We had dinner there as well. It was good food but let’s just say that it certainly reflected resort prices and leave it at that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Park had some nice big sites, enough for our 45 foot Motor Coach and Jeep. Some back in spots were shorter but most were plenty long. We were in site 29 and we had no issue leveling our coach. Being right on the end we had a nice grassy corner next to us and the WiFi antenna was right across the way. We are happy to report that their WiFi actually was usable and worked thru out our stay. This was a good thing because the one thing we did not think when we booked this place, about being down in such a remote location, was our Verizon signal. Our phones were on extended network. Even with our cell phone booster, we could only stand in one spot (near the antenna booster) inside our rig to make calls. Our Verizon MiFi box was on roaming. So having the parks WiFi work well was a real big plus in our book. 

The Office At Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

The Office At Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

 

The wonderful ladies in the office know all the great things to do in the area. They also have a big community center, laundry facilities and full bathrooms for your convenience. Weekly entertainment can be found in the community center as well as in the lounges and restaurants. 

The Maverick Ranch RV Park was a great jumping off point to our adventures in the area. We set out to explore Big Bend, of course, as well as the towns of Study-Butte and Terlingua, TX.  

National Geographic named highway 170 as a must drive and one of the “True Last Frontiers” to explore. When you make your way into the Big Bend area, you start your journey on this scenic highway, continuing all the way through Lajitas, dubbed River Road, and through to Presidio, TX. All the while traveling along the Rio Grande River

River Road Scenic Drive

River Road Scenic Drive

River Road Scenic Drive

River Road Scenic Drive

Mexico is an easy crossing from inside Big Bend National Park or from Presidio. However, once a year in May the (unincorporated) town of Lajitas put on a festival called, “Voices From Both Sides“. It’s a gathering where the communities from both Lajitas, the surrounding towns and the Mexican communities get together and celebrate the coming together of two Nations. They wade across the river, singing and rejoicing at the reunions of old friends, while enjoying festival food, music and good times together. Now that would be a site to see and experience. 

So, would we stay at Maverick Ranch RV Park again? Yes, yes we would. With the understanding that it is a distance from anywhere (but UPS does deliver out there). The people are great and super friendly. The food and entertainment good. The views are boundless. The quietness and peacefulness enveloping.

You know that saying, it’s not about the destination but the journey. Such can be said for this area. So enjoy the drive and the scenery as it passes you by. The quietness of the surrounding hills and canyons. The peacefulness at night walking around underneath the big star filled sky.  For you’ll be in a big city again where the noises and lights will filter inside and you’ll long for those dark skies at night once again.

I will write up more on this area in another post. The things that we explored, our afternoon trip into Mexico and David playing at the famous StarLight Theatre. Until then, enjoy this video of Maverick Ranch RV Park from David.

OOBerfest 2017 Full Concert Video!

OOBerfest 2017

OOBerfest 2017

So OOBerfest 2017 has come and gone. If you missed it, you can read all about it here.

We all had a good time but one of our favorite memories, one that we are still talking about to this day, is the Notes From Neptune Concert we held.

You heard me right. We held a concert, out in the middle of the dessert of Quartzsite, AZ, dry camping, for over 200 of our friends/followers, with 5 huge bon fires and LED lighting provided from our coach. Oh….let’s not forget the tequila too :) 

 

OOBerfest 2017

OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune At OOBerfest 2017

In our previous OOBerfest post, we gave you a little taste of the concert. 

But we really did not feel that was enough. 

So David spent hours upon hours editing over 3 hours of raw video footage to bring you the full experience of OOBerfest 2017 Notes From Neptune Concert.

Notes From Neptune And Special Guest David Bott At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune And Special Guest David Bott At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune At OOBerfest 2017

 

We hope that you enjoy this concert as much as we did. Now fair warning, it is 1 1/2 hours long. So throw it up on your tv, grab some tequila or wine or what have you and fully immerse yourself in the OOBerfest experience. We hope this brings a smile to your face. And to those of you that attended OOBerfest, we hope this brings back some fun memories of our time together. 

Remember to use Full Screen view mode. :)

 

 

OOBerfest 2017….What A Blast!

Welcome To OOBerfest!

Welcome To OOBerfest!

Welcome To OOBerfest!

Welcome To OOBerfest!

So OOBerfest has come and gone. Even though there were high winds and it rained on and off all week, which was very unusual in this area, this time of year, everyone still had a great time.

What? You don’t know what OOBerfest is? Well, last year when we got together in Quartzsite, AZ in January, during the big tent event, to have a meet and greet for the first time, our guests named it that…OOBerfest. Get it? OOB…Outside Our Bubble? And you, being a reader of our blog are now dubbed our OOBies. And we love our OOBies :) So we decided we would meet up again in Quartzsite. This being our second year for this get together, we had 74 RV’s show up to join us this year! Wow! That felt great and is very much appreciated.

We arrived a few days early to try to stake our claim to our land. Thankfully, some OOBies were already there holding our spot from last year. That was great because as you may know, this is all held on BLM land. So it’s really first come, first serve. 

Movie Night In Quartzsite, AZ

Movie Night In Quartzsite, AZ

 

 

We were able to get in one movie night before OOBerfest officially started. Hoping to get another in during our event, but alas, the winds were just too strong. 

 

 

 

Welcome To OOBerfest Meet And Greet

Welcome To OOBerfest Meet And Greet

Tech Talks - Question And Answer Seminar

Tech Talks – Question And Answer Seminar

We had some great people come out and we had great seminars set up during our time together. We had a beautiful sunset that was the backdrop to our welcome talk. The following day the hardy souls that came out in cold (again, unusual for this time of year in Quartzsite) got treated to various seminars. Everything from coach weighing and the importance of the correct tire pressure for your weight to tech talks with David and everyone joining in on tips and tricks. During the few days of OOBerfest you had the opportunity to get your coach weighed, all four/six points and get a summary of what your tire pressures should be set at. A great service that Steve & Susan Kass from RV Weight offered at a small charge to our guests. 

Coach Weighing And Tire Pressure Seminar

Coach Weighing And Tire Pressure Seminar

Getting A Coach Weighed At OOBerfest 2017

Getting A Coach Weighed At OOBerfest 2017

 

The evenings were filled with campfires and gabbing. Getting to know each other and making new friends.

Evening Campfires At OOBerfest 2017

Evening Campfires At OOBerfest 2017

Evening Campfires At OOBerfest 2017

Evening Campfires At OOBerfest 2017

The first evening while we were all getting to know each other, one of our guests brought out a pitcher of Sangria. This was so popular it was later dubbed, “OOBer Sangria” and many pitchers were shared throughout the event. So Thank You Kathy for a great memory and for those that are wanting the recipe, here you go! 

OOBer Sangria

One of our friends even brought their Hot Air Balloon as they are pilots in Napa Valley! Alas, no rides were allowed. They were helping their granddaughter get her hours in piloting the balloon as she was studying for her pilot’s license. That didn’t stop our guests from enjoying the early morning set up and take off’s, joining in on the chase crews and helping out where they could. Thanks Ken, Diana, Kristy and Grace for the enjoyment and excitement. 

OOBerfest And A Hot Air Balloon!

OOBerfest And A Hot Air Balloon!

OOBerfest And A Hot Air Balloon!

OOBerfest And A Hot Air Balloon!

 

The Main Tent Event In Quartzsite, AZ

The Main Tent Event In Quartzsite, AZ

 

 

Of course Saturday was the opening of the big main tent event in town. Thankfully the weather cleared up that day, the wind had died down throughout the day and it was a nice day to explore the goods for sale that you know you could not resist. Well, some of us could :) 

 

 

 

OOBerfest 2017 Pot Luck

OOBerfest 2017 Pot Luck

Set Up Bonfires For Evening Entertainment

Set Up Bonfires For Evening Entertainment

While everyone was out enjoying the day and shopping until they dropped, David, myself and a few volunteers set up some very large bonfires, closer to the staging area, for that evenings entertainment. So when everyone got back from their long days, we all got together for a potluck dinner. Of course with 74 RV’s, we had A LOT of food with a good variety as well. It was enjoyed by all.

And what better way to say Good-bye to our OOBies than to throw a big party out in the desert. So party we did. We hired a band from Phoenix to come in and play a concert for us. 

We had 3 large bonfires by the band and 3 outer-ring bonfires going all night long! 

OOBerfest Party In The Dessert

OOBerfest Party In The Dessert

OOBerfest Party In The Dessert

OOBerfest Party In The Dessert

Our coach was used as the lighting and staging area. It really worked out perfectly. We have to admit, we were stressing out a bit about the weather all week long. But in the end it really turned out beautiful for that evening’s entertainment. 

Oh My! And entertained we were. Thanks to Notes From Neptune for a great concert in the middle of the desert. A different venue for sure for these guys to play. 

Notes From Neptune And David Playing At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune And David Playing At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune And David Playing At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune And David Playing At OOBerfest 2017

Everyone, including the band, had a great time. They performed a lot of great songs, including one special request from us for “Purple Rain” by Prince. When they started up the song, everyone broke out their purple glow sticks (that were handed out at the pot luck) and waved them in the air as a special surprise for the band. It was well received to say the least. Grins from ear to ear. So much so that the singer, Thomas, even broke out his phone and recorded all of us waving our glow sticks in the air! An experience like no other. 

Enjoying OOBerfest 2017

Enjoying OOBerfest 2017

Enjoying OOBerfest 2017

Enjoying OOBerfest 2017

 

Their may or may not have been some Tequila involved with the evening festivities.

BK Trying To Catch A glimpse Of The Festivities

BK Trying To Catch A glimpse Of The Festivities

 

 

And apparently we kept BK awake well into the night. He was trying to get a glimpse of the concert but alas, all he could see was the good time had by all. 

There were, of course, lots and lots of pictures and video taken of OOBerfest just with our cameras and phones alone. So we created a link for a public album of all the photos that were taken, so that you may relive the fun. We also opened it up so that any of you that were at OOBerfest can upload your pictures as well for all to see what a great time we all had. So PLEASE upload some photos and videos. :)

Here’s the link to the album…

OOBerfest 2017 Photo Album

 

 

 

Time To Relax After OOBerfest

Time To Relax After OOBerfest

 

The next day was departure day for some but most stayed well into the week. Time to relax and chat with new friends. Sit around the campfires and reminisce. Exchange emails and info to keep in touch. Make plans to meet up down the road. 

We, of course have to give a big shout out and Thank You to the volunteers that helped us park rigs, build fire pits and everything else! We could not have pulled it off without all of you. So Thank You! 

And while the weather was a little off this time, with high winds and on and off rain, it did clear up towards the end of OOBerfest. And as one of our guests pointed out, it’s not about the weather, it’s about the friends and experience that make OOBerfest what it is. So we are thankful for everyone that came out to meet us and have a good time.

We feel very privileged that we have such a great following of people. We are lucky to be able to travel like we do and meet new and interesting people where ever we go. We hope that someday, if you have not run into us by now, that we may meet.

And who knows…

Maybe there will be another OOBerfest….

Someday…

Somewhere.

Until then, enjoy this video that David put together of our gathering in the desert, OOBerfest 2017. 

 

 

 

Exploring Sedona And Jerome, Arizona

Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

First Sedona, Arizona. Well….we were not expecting what we found. With all the hype that everyone talks about Sedona, we were anxious to get there and explore. We’ve been trying for a couple years now to get to this town but things just never lined up quite right. This time, we left Cottonwood early (Sedona’s only a half hour drive) so we would have the whole day to explore. 

The drive in to Sedona was beautiful. The red rocks and high peaks, gorgeous. When you get into town, not so much. While we were there on a weekday and it was not crowded, we did find it more difficult to get around than we had thought. We were hoping to just park and stroll around the streets but the way Sedona is laid out, you really do need a car or you’ll be walking quite a bit. 

The thing that disappointed us most about Sedona was how touristy it was/felt. There was this one area of shopping that you could get out and walk around easily, but the shops were filled with cheap t-shirts, magnets and trinkets galore. There were booths set up on the sidewalk to take Jeep tours and helicopter tours and all sorts of tours. And let’s face it, if you have been to Sedona, you know how expensive everything is/can be. We looked around for a place to have lunch and it was crazy the prices they were charging out there. Too touristy for us. We ended up leaving Sedona and having lunch back in Cottonwood. As far as Sedona, we feel we were disappointed with what we thought we were getting into. The surrounding area, yes, a definite great place, great hiking. The town itself, we don’t see a need to go back.

UPDATED ADDED: Based on comments posted below from what seems to be from people that work or live in Sodona who do not know us vs readers of our blog, we wanted to add this…

Thanks for your comments. Some of you more than likely came here based on someone mentioning this post somewhere as you surely do not seem to be readers of an RV travel blog. If you were, you would clearly know that we go everywhere and post about everything and we call it like WE see it. We all have our opinions and that is what makes traveling great as well as being about to write about the experience. We have been doing this from 2008 and are one of the top RV travel blogs.

Yes, our experience was less than wonderful with the town that we had built up in our heads as something more. This build up more than likely is from the marking your town does.(So kudos to them.) But it is that same town that let a Del-Sol, a worldwide, only found in tourist areas, t-shirt place setup shop so that says something about direction. When you are then flooded with people trying to get you to take tours and come to a time share, again, tourist area comes to mind. You want a better experience to be posted, ask your town tourist association to clean up on that type of experience and ask the tour companies to better reflect the town and area with colors that fit the area. There are rules for the buildings and how they must look, the same should be true for the businesses. We do applaud not having major chain restaurants as we always seek out mom and pop places to eat as that we find is the best experience. And yes, some good food can surely be had!

You know also what we kind of found interesting in the comments made, it seems that the only ones disagreeing with us, for the most part, is the local business owners or workers that somehow found this post. This blog gets picked up all over the Internet in may areas that deal with RV and traveling and looking at comments in other places, well, we seems to have hit it mostly on the head so it is not just us. When people tend to agree with liking a small ghost town like Jerome better than a major stop with all it’s marking that draws people in. That says something.

Yes, Sedona has some great views, great trails, great art and that is what we came for. However that was quickly ruined, for us, by what is allowed to take place by the town.

Thanks again for taking the time to comment on behalf of Sedona. You do have some nice points.

A Scenic View Of Jerome, Arizona On The Road To Jerome

A Scenic View Of Jerome, Arizona On The Road To Jerome

A Scenic View Of Jerome, Arizona On The Road To Jerome

A Scenic View Of Jerome, Arizona On The Road To Jerome

Jerome, Arizona on the other hand was wonderful. We read that this was an old Copper mining town and now they tout it as an old ghost town. Well…it is an interesting old town that is nestled inside a mountainside. Ghost town, I’m not so sure of as it still is a working town that people still live in. 

The drive up to Jerome is incredible. The views are a plenty and when you get closer, their is a great pull off scenic overlook area that you really can see the whole town and the Copper mines below. At the scenic overlook it also has some signs telling you the story behind Jerome.

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome, Arizona 

The View From Jerome, AZ

The View From Jerome, AZ

Cool Old Buildings IN Jerome, AZ

Cool Old Buildings IN Jerome, AZ

Jerome was actually cut out of the mountain. So the streets run literally up and down the mountainside. It’s an easy town to get out and walk around but remember that when walking, you are at a higher elevation than you were in Cottonwood where you started. Plus, the hillsides and the steep inclines of the streets make for quite a little hike. Due to the 30-degree incline of the mountainside, gravity has pulled a number of buildings down the slope. A lot of great information can be found here about Jerome and it’s history. 

We very much enjoyed walking around this town. So much so, we went back a couple days later. The views alone are totally worth it. The quaint little shops were good and we did not get that touristy feeling, even though this is a “tourist” town. 

Outside The Liberty Theater In Jerome, AZ

Outside The Liberty Theater In Jerome, AZ

Inside The Liberty Theater In Jerome, AZ

Inside The Liberty Theater In Jerome, AZ

 

 

One of the really interesting things in Jerome is all the old historical buildings. They are everywhere up there. One neat one we found interesting was the old Liberty Theater. It was the original theater that opened in 1918 and featured silent movies and vaudeville acts. It was passed around to different owners and eventually sat empty for years until the current owners bought it and are in the process of restoring it to its original glory.

 

 

 

 

There are quite a few restaurants in Jerome and the two that we went to were both good. The first day we went to Grapes, a restaurant that was the original Pony Express Station back in the early 1900’s. They have good food and they help you pair local wines to your order. 

However the next time we went up to Jerome we found Haunted Hamburger. It got great reviews online and it certainly did not disappoint.

Our Burgers From Haunted Hamburger In Jerome, AZ

Our Burgers From Haunted Hamburger In Jerome, AZ

The Shake At Haunted Hamburger In Jerome, AZ

The Shake At Haunted Hamburger In Jerome, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their burgers were wonderful and they make a super yummy shake that was plenty to share.

 

They have a wonderful outdoor patio with a great view of the Verde Valley and the San Fransisco Peaks that are 50 miles away!

Outdoor Patio At Haunted Hamburger In Jerome, AZ

Outdoor Patio At Haunted Hamburger In Jerome, AZ

Haunted Hamburger In Jerome, AZ

Haunted Hamburger In Jerome, AZ

It was a bummer that the outdoor patio was full when we went there. We ended up sitting at the bar for lunch. Which is not bad because everywhere you sit in the restaurant, you can still get a great outdoor view with their giant floor to ceiling windows. 

So would we go back Jerome? Yes, for sure. We very much enjoyed Jerome and all that it had to offer. In the two days that we spent exploring Jerome, we never did get to the many museums and historical parks that they have. 

We had to save something for next time after all.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, Arizona

Traveling Interstate 40 Eastbound Towards Flagstaff, AZ

Traveling Interstate 40 Eastbound Towards Flagstaff, AZ

 

At the beginning of December we spent 6 days in Cottonwood, Arizona at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. This was our first time at this park and from what we experienced, it won’t be our last. 

First of all, it was pretty easy to get to with our 45 foot motor home and tow. The sites themselves are very large and well spaced apart and the loop that we stayed in had water and 50 amp electric at every site. A dump station was located towards the entrance to the park. 

 

 

Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

As you can see, we were pretty alone at this park this time of year. The weekend had a few more people but no where near at capacity. Sites are reserved online and the nice thing is if you hover over the site number on the map, it will pop up a window showing you what the site looks like, what accommodations are at the site and what length vehicle it can support. So this really takes the guessing out of booking. Google Maps is also a great tool to get a nice overhead shot of the park and figure out which way you want to face or if there are any trees or such in your way for your satellite dish. 

Our Site At Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Our Site At Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Our Site At Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Our Site At Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Our site was perfect for us. We were right on an end so only had neighbors on one side of us. And really, that was only for a couple of days as the rest of the time it was empty. We were facing so the sun was behind us, therefore not baking on our windshield and we had the beautiful mountains and city lights view to enjoy our evenings. Speaking of evenings, we were there the first week in December and while not cold during the day (upper 60’s, low 70’s), it did get down right chilly at night, sometimes into the soft freezing temps of the low 30’s. While not as high in elevation as Flagstaff to the north, Cottonwood, AZ does sit at a higher elevation than Phoenix to the south. 

Our View From Our Site At Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Our View From Our Site At Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ

Great Family Owned Mexican Restaurant In Cottonwood, AZ

Great Family Owned Mexican Restaurant In Cottonwood, AZ

Cottonwood itself is bigger than I was imagining. I was thinking it would be a quaint little town with cute shops and such because of their deep history of mining in the area. Not so. Cottonwood, dare I say, is a bustling town with a Super Walmart, couple other grocery stores, Home Depot, lots of shopping and restaurants. That’s not a bad thing, just not what we expected.

We did go into Cottonwood, just a quick 5 minute drive from the park, to go shopping and we found this lovely family owned and run Mexican restaurant, Concho’s,  that was great! After talking with the guy at the register paying our bill, we had asked if this was his place. He smiled and said, “No, it’s my mother’s”. Come to find out she was in the kitchen with his Aunt cooking and his cousins and sisters were also there helping out. We love finding true family restaurants and hope that they thrive. If you ever find yourself in the area, we highly recommend you check out Concho’s.

Cottonwood, did however make a great jumping off location to visit Jerome and Sedona, which were on our list of must see places. Located between the two towns, Jerome was an easy 20 minute drive one way and Sedona was half an hour in the opposite direction. 

Trying not to make this post too long, I’m going to stop there and talk about Sedona and Jerome, Arizona in the next post.

But if you ever find yourself wanting to explore this entire area, We highly recommend Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. It’s a great park that’s very quiet, very big rig friendly and centrally located to lots of attractions. We will definitely be back when in this area.

Fun In Moab, Utah

Start Of The Chicken Corner's Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

Start Of The Chicken Corner’s Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

When people find out that you travel full-time in a motor home the question always comes up of, “Where is your favorite place that you have travelled to?” This question is always difficult to answer because the States that we have explored so far are all so different. You have the areas with the Great Smokey Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, the Gulf Coast states, the Northeast with their Fall Colors and shore lines, the Texas Hill Country (one of our favorites) and then there is Moab, Utah and the surrounding area with all of their red rocks.

Part Of The Chicken Corner's Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

Part Of The Chicken Corner’s Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

Part Of The Chicken Corner's Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

Part Of The Chicken Corner’s Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

As you may recall, we have been to Moab, Utah before. A couple of years ago in fact. You can read all about our adventures here and here. We had such a great time last time we were in Moab that we kept saying that we had to go back.

Well, we finally made it back and it still did not disappoint. We stayed at the same place, Portal RV Resort, which is just a great place to stay. (tell them we said so. :)) You know how sometimes you visit a place and what you remember is not how it actually is? Well, Moab and Portal RV Resort were just how we remembered and then some. In turn, we went back to some of the same restaurants that we remembered as good and they were just ok. So that was disappointing. Oh well.

On The Chicken Corner's Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

On The Chicken Corner’s Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

On The Chicken Corner's Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

On The Chicken Corner’s Off Roading Trail In Moab, Utah

This time around the best part is we have a Jeep! Yes, it is a Grand Cherokee however; it is Trail-Rated which means it has a special suspension and skid plates and such so that you can go off-roading in it. In our Jeep we can even raise the suspension even more for a higher clearance over the rocks.

So for those wondering if such a Jeep can actually go off-road…well…off-roading we went!

Putting Jeep In Rock Climbing Mode On The Trail

Putting Jeep In Rock Climbing Mode On The Trail

 

 

 

 

One of the trails we went on was called Chicken Corner’s. It’s mostly dirt, gravel, slick rock and such. No one should be out on this trail without a 4×4 that’s for sure. Some areas were so steep we had to put our Jeep in “rock” mode just to help our traction going up the hills and such.

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Getting Ready To Fly His Quadcopter

David Getting Ready To Fly His Quadcopter

Our Lunch Spot On The Trail

Our Lunch Spot On The Trail

With such beautiful scenery (the pictures really do not do it justice), David had to get his quadcopter out and take some aerial video as well. We also remembered that our dash cam was recording all of the drive, front and back views. So David took his aerial video along with the dash cam footage and edited together a great video that you can enjoy at the end of this post to see how nuts we were. :)

As you can see, we had an awesome lunch spot out on the trail. It’s so surreal out there. So peaceful and quiet. There are not a lot of people out there on the trail, so you really do feel like you have the whole place to yourself. I’m sure on the weekends that could be a different story.

4x4ing Out In Moab, Utah

4x4ing Out In Moab, Utah

4x4ing Out In Moab, Utah

4x4ing Out In Moab, Utah

David’s birthday happened to fall on the time that we were in Moab. So to celebrate, we rented a Razor 4×4 and went out on some of the slick rock trails (“Fins and Things” and “Hell’s Revenge”) that we didn’t want to take our Jeep on. These machines and the tires on them are amazing in what they can do. Climbing up this slick rock at 60% grades and just gripping the rock the entire way. Oh my!

David Following The Trail Up This Steep Incline

David Following The Trail Up This Steep Incline

The Trail In Front Of Us!

The Trail In Front Of Us!

To follow these 4×4 trails you basically just follow the black lines. This is where all the tire marks that have gone before you have travelled. Once in a while there is a white arrow but they are few and far between and they wear off easily from all the wear and tear. Yes, there are maps, but those can be difficult to navigate as well.

The Trail In Front Of Us!

The Trail In Front Of Us!

4x4ing In Moab, Utah

4x4ing In Moab, Utah

So off you go, following the trail, hoping it does not fade or lead you astray. We did these trails last time we were here and we were pleased that this time around the Sand Flats Recreational Committee that helps maintain these trails, have actually put up new signs and maps along the routes.

4x4ing In Moab, Utah

4x4ing In Moab, Utah

Moab did not disappoint us, in what we remembered and the fun that we had. We had a blast 4x4ing in our Jeep and in the Razor. There is so much to do here it’s difficult to get bored. We did not go into any of the National Parks that are in the area as we did those last time. We wanted to go out exploring the areas that a lot of tourists tend to over look.

We find ourselves wanting to go back again. Maybe in another couple of years.

In the mean time, I promised you David’s video, so here it is. We hope you enjoy it.