We had not originally planned to stop in Moab this trip, but we thought it would be a shame if we would not have at least checked it out for a few days since we passing through it on our way to Seattle anyway. There are rumors that advocacy groups are trying to shut down off-road vehicle use in the area and that also drove us to consider Moab before those changes might happen.
Temperatures were over 100 degrees every day, in some cases also topping off over 110 too. We could have done more trails while we were here, but that temperature was just oppressive and we hid in the RV for some of it. This area is beautiful, and the trails are amazing, we will be back. The area was in extreme fire danger and there was a fire visible from our campground that was started by an unattended campfire.
Hell’s Revenge is probably the most known and visited of the off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails. Many of the rental and off-road excursion companies sell tours from here. Since we were off-roading alone and it was approaching 100 degrees we bypassed Hell’s Gate, Mickey’s Hot Tub, the Escalator, and Tip-Over Challenge. The trail itself is not overly difficult, once you get over the adrenaline-filled first 500 feet where you climb over a slick rock fin immediately off the trailhead. Much of the trail is just taking the path well-traveled without many technicalities to it. We did take the “long way out” and not the shortcut to the main trailhead.
Fins and Things
We return to the park on day 2 early to beat the heat to hit the “Fins and Things” trail, another Jeep Badge of Honor trail. Comparing this trail to Hell’s Revenge we found “Fins and Things” to be more of a technically challenging off-road trail. Unfortunately, once we got back to the main road we decided to head back to the RV due to a migraine that set in and the sun warming up the day for another hot one.
Arches National Park
The campground owners recommended getting into the Arches National Park early, so we decided to do a “sunrise trip” to Arches on our departure day. We were into the park at 5 AM in the darkness and out of the park by 8 AM having seen a beautiful sunrise.
We had stopped in at the Moab Information Center and were led to believe that delicate arches viewing areas were ADA accessible and that was not true. You can access the lower view area with a mobility scooter but not the upper arch as there are a set of steps halfway to the viewing area. So we moved on, to balance rock and enjoyed the sunrise there. We also swung through the “Windows Section” loop to view from the panorama point and the windows arches as many of the sights are visible from the road.
In our next post, we continue north out of Moab to Provo and the Salt Lake City area of Utah.