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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.

How Our TPMS System Saved Us From A Worse Situation

Out In The Middle Of No Where In Texas

Out In The Middle Of No Where In Texas

When you find yourself driving to Big Bend National Park in far west Texas, you drive along some very desolate roads. You may not see another soul for miles. 

This is not where you want to find yourself with a problem. And recently when we were driving down some of these roads, we found ourselves in such a situation. 

You see, we were just driving along, admiring the scenery and isolation when all of a sudden our EEZTire TPMS started beeping at us. David was driving at the time and he noted that our rear passenger tire on our tow vehicle was steadily loosing pressure. Of course we were in the middle of no where without another soul around and we were on a 2 lane highway with little options to pull off. But the lucky part…we were in a construction zone. Lucky? 

Yup…you read that right. We were in a construction zone in the middle of no where. However, as luck would have it, because of said construction zone, they had widened the highway with an extra driving lane, as they had one of the normally used driving lanes closed off with cones for them to work on. 

Seeing we were also driving on a Sunday, it made the roads more desolate, however, it also made the construction zone a perfect place to pull over as no one was working at that time. So yes, we pulled over, through the cones (which thank goodness were spaced far enough apart for us to squeeze through) and onto a construction area. Which, looking back on the situation, we have no idea what they were actually doing to the road. It wasn’t freshly paved and it didn’t really have any signs of being worked on recently, other than the cones. Oh well….I shouldn’t take it for granted since it really was a perfect place to pull off safely, out of traffic, if their was any. 

Yup...Tire Going Flat

Yup…Tire Going Flat

David Trying The Green Slime To Plug Hole In Tire

David Trying The Green Slime To Plug Hole In Tire

David Adding Air To Tire

David Adding Air To Tire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what to do next? Well, after examination of the rear passenger tire on our Jeep, David determined that we had picked up a nail or something, in the construction zone of course, and it made a nice big hole in the tire. So air was rapidly escaping. 

A tire patch kit would come in handy right about now. 

Alas, we did not have one. We thought we were prepared for everything. We had a spare if need be but David wanted to try to seal it first. So we did have some Green Slime for car tires. 

The theory is, you take the cap off your tire and add the Slime inside the tire. Then air up and drive so the Slime oozes (technical term here) around on the inside of the tire. The way it works is when air hits the Slime, it hardens. So when you roll the tire, in theory, as the air wants to get out of the tire at the hole, air hits the Slime as it tries to get out and thus sealing the hole. Umm….you heard me say, in theory right? Well, We think our hole was just too big for the Slime to seal it properly. So most of it oozed out of the tire, through the hole. Live and learn. (If it had worked, you want to be sure to get the tire to a repair shop as Slime is not meant as a full repair.)

So plan two. David took a piece of rag with Slime on it and shoved it into the hole, plugging it in a sense. All we needed to do was limp to the next town, which was only a few miles up the road. Well, once we got some air into the tire and saw that it was holding pressure, that seemed to work long enough for us to get to the next town. That town was Valentine, Texas. Now Valentine, TX, as of the 2000 census, has a population of 187 people. And of course, this being Sunday, everything is shut down for the day and there is not another person in site. So we pull over into a parking area while David tries to patch the tire again. You see, at this point, we determined that we could not just change our tire too easily as the lug nuts were on there really tightly. 

Slime Brand Tire Patch Kit we used. (Different from the liquid)

 

 

As David was working on the second plug, low and behold, a Good Samaritan (GS) who lived in Valentine came along and asked if we needed help. David jokingly said, well, if you had a patch kit that would help a lot. The next few words the gentleman said were a mystery as his west Texas accent was undecipherable to us upstate New Yorkers. He then took off in his truck and we pondered what he had said while trying to work on plugging the hole. About 20 minutes later, the GS came back and low and behold…he had a tire patch kit! Exactly what we needed! After talking to him a little bit more, we discovered he did not have a patch kit but his neighbor did. So he drove off to his neighbors house to retrieve it. 

Tire Patched And Ready To Roll

Tire Patched And Ready To Roll

 

 

 

 

 

So after just a couple plugs, which took all of less than 10 minutes, we were back on the road with a fully functioning tire. Thanks to the GS that stopped to help out strangers in his small town. I’m sorry to say, we do not remember his, nor his wife’s name. We offered to buy the patch kit from his neighbor as we did use it and they would not take anything for it. They just wanted us to pay it forward. So nice and very much appreciated. The perfect solution to our problem. 

And before you say it, yes, we do have CoachNet Roadside Service. I actually was on the phone with them, in Valentine, TX, as the GS pulled up with the patch kit.

NOTICE: We just got off the phone with Costco where we purchased the tires last Sept 2016. We wanted to set a time to come in and have the tire checked and repaired properly if needed. We were told because we did a patch on the road, the tire warranty provided by Costco may be VOID. OUCH! So, while we will still carry a kit, we may think about it next time depending on where we are. We never would have thought that fixing a tire with a tire repair patch would void your warranty and we will find out for sure when we see them next week.

So back to the title of this post…How the TPMS system saved us from a worse situation. Well, that is totally true. If we did not have a TPMS system, air would have steadily leaked out of the tire without our knowledge until it was completely flat. We would have ended up dragging our Jeep down the road, on the rim and shredding the tire and then starting rim damage. It is way too easy to drag these tow vehicles down the road with the torque that is behind these giant diesel pushers. Sad to say, we have seen it happen. So a TPMS system will alert you to a leak or a high temp on your tire or what have you, before it becomes a bigger problem down the road. 

Here is our blog post and video on why it’s important to have a TPMS system. 

And the lesson that we learned was, no matter how seasoned an RVer that you are (we’ve been traveling since 2008), there is always something to learn. We learned that we were not as prepared as we thought/hoped we were. We need to carry a patch kit no matter where we are and let’s face it, they’re cheap enough to always have one. Also be sure you carry a small air compressor to put air back in the tire. (In this case, seeing we had the coach, we used the air system from the coach.) Leave both the patch kit and compressor in the tow car so you have it. After all, you never know when something may take place be it when the car is being towed, or you are driving it.. But rest assured, it is there for when you do need it. But ALWAYS, ALWAYS, be sure you have a good TPMS system!!!  We use the EEZTire TPMS from EEZ RV Products

 

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.

Valley Of Fire State Park, Nevada

On Our Way To Valley Of Fire State Park In Nevada

On Our Way To Valley Of Fire State Park In Nevada

On Our Way To Valley Of Fire State Park In Nevada

On Our Way To Valley Of Fire State Park In Nevada

Valley Of Fire State Park is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, just an hour north of Las Vegas and close to Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. A great get away if you find yourself in the area. While we had been to Valley Of Fire State Park before back in 2011, and you can read our previous posts here, here and here, we had to go back. As a matter of fact, it was high on our list of places to visit again. And we are so glad we did. 

First of all, Valley Of Fire State Park does have a great campground for big rigs. The downside is that it is a no reservation, first come, first serve campground. So while you may find yourself in need/want of a campsite, you may be disappointed. We luckily were not and found a great site. 

Site 33 At Valley Of Fire State Park

Site 33 At Valley Of Fire State Park

Site 33 At Valley Of Fire State Park

Site 33 At Valley Of Fire State Park

We arrived on a Wednesday, which I firmly believe helped in the matter of finding an open site, we also arrived before 10am. There is a separate RV only area in the campground that has large sites with water and electric (50amp). So they are not full hook-up, they will do for a while before you have to go to the dump station, which is right at the beginning of the campground road. While all the sites, whether they are in the rv only section or the dry campground area, are well spaced apart, I’d have to say most are not level. The first site that we pulled into, our front tires were up on blocks and we still had a hard time leveling. Spotting a big rig leaving another site that looked nice, and much more level, we decided to move to that site. And boy…are we ever glad we did. It was a great view and more importantly, LEVEL! All sites come with a campfire ring (wood available in the visitor’s center) and shaded tables and a grill. 

So why do we like Valley of Fire State Park so much? Well….look at it! (Remember you can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them)

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

Red rocks that glow even brighter with the sunset surround you. The campground is a good distance from the main road through the park that you don’t hear anything while out there. At nighttime everyone is generally quiet so it’s very peaceful. And the stars are a plenty. What’s not to like. It would be perfect if it was a full hook-up campground but oh well, you can’t win them all.

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

The colors out here are awe-inspiring. From the reds to the white sandstone to everything in between. Every time we went out for a hike we kept saying how amazing the colors were out there. How interesting the rocks were with their stripes and variations and the many, many layers. You really did feel like you were walking on a Martian surface. 

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

We had great weather while we were out there. Perfect for hiking during the day and relaxing outside in the evening. 

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park

 

 

We just can’t get enough of this park. It’s one of our favorites. It’s a very popular park and campground alike. So if you find yourself in the area and want to spend a few days out amongst the red rocks, while no reservations are taken and you can just show up on a whim, I suggest you arrive early.

When we find ourselves in the area again, we are definitely stopping at this park for a few more days of exploring. 

 

Until then, we’ll have to relive this awesome park through David’s quadcopter video footage. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.