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So...I was looking at the Moab HOP. It looked interesting and the schedule would fit right in ours. While I was on the phone with Escapees HQ the person on the phone told me I could half now and the rest before March 2017. WTF????? I though it was this year. Who know where we'll be in 2017. We are currently in Mesa, AZ and will be travelling to Grand Junction at the end of April.

 

I just spent a small car's value on the Jeep and since we drive right through Moab anyways, I thought we would stop there for a time anyways. We'd like to go on some trail rides, like Hell's Revenge (or maybe something not as rough), but we don't know anything about the area. Also, not traveling with at least one other vehicle doesn't seem like a common sense thing to do.

 

Any ideas what to do?

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Here is one list of things to see an do in Moab:

 

Here is another website about Moab: http://www.moab-utah.com/

 

Whenever we enter a new area we always look for tours to get a flavor for the area and then go back to areas we want more of on our own. Do Google the tours for reviews etc to make sure they are reputable. I have had success with reviews on Yelp and Tripadvisor.

 

If concerned about traveling alone check out your neighbors in the RV park and see if anyone is interested in joining you. Great way to meet fellow RV'ers. Ask the park hosts for their recommendations and where you might find group activities for the places you want to go.

 

Check out the Escapees BOF's, one group that may be of interest is the Boomers https://www.escapees.com/fun/bofs?id=329

They use to always head out to Quartzsite every January and many had jeeps for off roading.

 

Safe Travels,

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It sounds like you're apprehensive to tour new areas on your own. Moab isn't scary. :) However, the Jeep trail you mentioned is.....it's very difficult. Unless you are now an very experienced 4x4 person, I'd suggest not going on that one. :o We absolutely love Jeeping in Moab but you need to really study the trails before going on them. Pick up a trail guide in town and talk to people about your experience on Jeep trails. They'll be able to guide you. As far as going on the trails by yourself. Don't pick hard ones and you'll be just fine. There's always someone else on the trails passing by if you need assistance. It's a very popular area. Definitely go to Moab on your own.....lots of good stuff to see and do. Be sure to drive out to Dead Horse Point State Park and stay there if there are sites. It's gorgeous. There are many BLM campgrounds to stay, some right on the river. We also enjoy Ken's Lake campground which is south of town.

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Hells revenge is in the pay park. It is an optional trail. We didn't do it but one of our group did. The only jeep item on his rig is the trail rated badge. He did it is 3 seconds. You can park and watch. You want to go over the crack. That is in the free area. Look it up on you tube. Plenty of easy stuff to do while still challenging you and your vehicle.

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I must not have explained myself clearly. We have been fulltiming for more than 4 years and have no problems with going into new areas and meeting new people. The only issue I have is Jeeping alone. We would like to try some of the more challenging trails, but common sense dictates we don't go into the back country alone. I was just trying to figure a way to find others that would like to do the same.

 

Thanks for your suggestions though.

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Here's a good book to purchase:

 

https://www.funtreks.com/guide-to-moab-ut-backroads-4wd-trails-new-3rd-edition

 

If you stop in the Moab visitor center they may have it. They will also have lots of good information on the trails. Also check in town at the 4-wheeling places for information and what trails would be suited for going alone. Trust me. You won't be alone though. Those trails are used constantly. Stick with the easier ones rated 1-3 to begin with. They're all fun and with gorgeous scenery. If you feel you want to do a harder one, 4-wheelers are friendly folks. Just drive to the trail head and wait for a group to come by. Talk to them, state your capabilities and ask to tag along. We've done this and we were very welcomed. The harder trails are slow-going and passengers and those who have gone before you will be out of their vehicles and will guide you through the tough spots by standing in front of you and motioning to you which way to turn the tires, what rock you should place your tire on, etc. Try it. You'll like it!!

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Have been 4x4 off-roading and riding dirt bikes for years. Have done Hell's Revenge and many of the other trails. Most trails have by-passes for the more difficult areas including HR. I NEVER ride or 4x4 alone. The buddy system is the only way I would go off-road unless you are walking distance from help. BUT remember it can get very hot in Moab. While the norm temp is in the 80s I have been in Moab in mid-May when it was 102 degrees and walking distance is very short. Moab is incredibility but again I would not go anywhere without another 4x4. Most of the time you can join another group if you just wait long enough at the trail head. Enjoy, Moab is a Bucket List location!

 

rocmoc n AZ/Fld/Baja

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Moab is AWESOME!! But you already know that. I bet once you get settled in a park there will be other Jeepers there, too. Since you said you have no problems meeting other people, you should have no problem finding others to travel the back country with.

 

If all else fails, go take one of the tours. You may be able to use your own Jeep at a discounted rate.

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