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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.