We Got More Than We Bargained For On Our Off-Road Jeep Adventure
We did so many great day trips from Moab, Utah. This was our base to explore many of the Utah National Parks. The National Parks provided stunning scenery at every point. But our off-road jeep adventure in Moab satisfied our need for an adrenaline rush.
We thought we booked a simple off-road trip along the sand and river beds. We were so excited when we learned that most of our trip would be rock climbing. It was a good thing we had a great driver for the experience.
We Chose To Go Off-Road With Twisted Jeeps
When we planned our visit to Canyonlands National Park, we really wanted to do the off-road drive along Shafer Trail. But we were smart enough not to want to do it in our rental SUV. So we started a search for jeep rentals in Moab. It soon became evident that we would get much more excitement on an off-road jeep adventure.
We booked our jeep adventure with Twisted Jeeps in advance. As it got closer to the date we booked, we wondered whether our trip would be to Shafer Trail. When we contacted them, they said we could certainly do Shafer Trail. But they had sunset jeep adventures that were much more fun. It took little before we were convinced to go for the more fun option.
When we saw the blue Jeep booked for our adventure, we knew this would be a great off-road vehicle. The high rugged suspension and great knobby tires seemed perfect to handle the ride. Little did we know what this jeep would be put through!
We set off on our off-road jeep adventure in the Sand Flats Recreation Area in Moab ready for some excitement.
Many Ways To Go Off-Road In Moab
KL was our Jeep driver for the night. He grew up in this area and knew the off-road areas around Moab well. While he joked about his experience, we knew we were in good hands. When we got in, he said we might have an option to drive. We quickly discovered that we were much happier on this first off-road jeep adventure just as passengers.
We chose to have a jeep “tour” with a driver for our adventure. But there were many other ways available to do the off-road trails. We passed many off-highway vehicles (ohv) as we toured the area. Some vehicles were on their own. And others travelled in a conga line.
There were two large Hummers out the night we visited. The large Hummers carried 6 or so people. Some were in the open back area. The Hummers did many of the trails we did. But they did not attempt the scary Hell’s Gate canyon climb. The Hummer passengers all sat and watched on the rocks as we did this amazing climb.
There were also a set of paths in the off-road park for mountain bikes. A couple of times we passed them on the paths. And we often saw them off in another part of the park.
There were many ways to do an off-road adventure in Moab. We were certainly glad we planned our first exhilarating ride with Twisted Jeeps.
Following The Path Through The Sand Flats Recreation Area
Once we went through the gate and paid the admission fee, it was easy to find the start of the path. We got lulled into a false sense of security when we left the paved road and bounced along on the sand. This was the off-road experience we expected.
But KL very quickly proved why he drove on our jeep tour. We moved quickly from the sand path to rocks. Directly in front of us we saw a large rock wall. And it was clear that we would go up and over.
When we got to the higher points, we saw the path along the rock face. Black tire residue clearly marked the path. And when we looked close, we saw the diamond markings on the track that showed the way to go. KL noted that much work was done to make sure that ohv’s stayed on the path.
The first hills we climbed showed us how exciting our off-road jeep adventure in Moab was going to be. Not the drive through sand and river beds we imagined.
Hills And Valleys Got Steeper For Off-Road Fun
Once we climbed the hills, we generally then drove along the narrow tops of the rock edges. We were not afraid of heights. But we sure watched to make sure the Jeep wheels were firmly grounded.
If the hill climbs were nerve racking, the drives down the steep rock faces where equally nail biting. KL liked to hang just over the edge before we plunged down. Once he asked if we liked roller coasters before he put the Jeep in neutral and took us hands free straight down the slope.
At one point on our drive, we came up to what looked like a large hole. When we saw the telltale black marks deep in the depression, we knew what came next. We went vertical to go in. And when we climbed out, we saw scrapes on the rocks from the undercarriages of vehicles.
Every part of our off-road jeep adventure in Moab was exciting. We were thrilled with the excitement. And remained glad that KL was an excellent driver.
Several Times We Stopped For Panoramic Views
As we drove, we got great views of the rocks in the Sand Flats Recreation Area. It was early on our visit to see the Utah National Parks. And rocks of all shapes and sizes still drew our attention. Several times we stopped on a high point for a panoramic view of the area.
On one stop at Hell’s Revenge, KL was excited to show us the dinosaur marks in the stone. Most of the marks were 3-toed which showed that these were predators and meat eaters. We saw a few other tracks that suggested that herbivore dinosaurs were also in the area.
When we caught up with many of the other off-highway vehicles, we stopped high above the meandering Columbia River. It was fun as we jumped from rock to rock and caught the views in all directions.
On our Moab off-road jeep adventure we had many beautiful viewpoints. We had a short break. And then it was off for our biggest challenge.
Climbing Devil’s Gate
The hills we climbed up and down prepared us for our next adventure. When we hit the top of the Hell’s Gate canyon, we dropped over the edge without a thought. But we did not know what the path out looked like.
As we approached the path up, it looked far too steep to climb. People sat far up on the rocks and cheered us on. The jeep began the climb. As we moved up we heard the gears grind as we climbed slowly up. At one point it felt like we were almost vertical.
KL wanted to give the audience a show. He stopped the jeep and let it roll back. The crowd oohed and ahhed. And then he put the jeep back in gear until we climbed up and out. We got a big cheer from the crowd.
After we caught our breath, we got out to join the people on the rocks. We watched another jeep climb up behind us. It looked far scarier that it felt when we did the climb.
The climb up Devils Gate on our off-road jeep adventure in Moab was the highlight of the night.
We Stayed Through Sunset And As Dark Descended
Many of the jeep trips really ended at Devil’s Gate. The groups settled on the rocks and waited for sunset. But KL still had much more to show us. We continued to drive over the rocks as the sun started to set and the rocks glowed. We found a spot high on the hills as the sun set behind the rocks.
As we watched, the sky darkened. And glowed with night colour. It was a magical transformation.
We continued our drive over the rocks and back to the gate. It was a little strange driving with the lights on and limited visibility. We were glad we did not have far to drive in the dark.
Our off-road jeep fun in Moab lasted until the very last minute.
A Most Amazing Off-road Jeep Adventure In Moab
When we first contacted Twisted Jeeps, we really just wanted a Jeep we could take on the Shafer Trail when we visited the Canyonlands National Park. When we upgraded to an off-road tour, we expected a ride on rough roads at sunset. But we never imagined the rock climbing experience we got.
Our excursion through the Sand Flats Recreation Area was exceptional in so many ways. All along the way we got great panoramic views of this scenic area. Our rides up and down the hills left us giddy with delight. The finale climb up Devil’s Gate was hair raising. But so much fun!
It was great to enjoy our road jeep adventure in Moab until the sun set and the stars came up. We did not want it to end.
We had so much fun on this adventure that we booked several more fun excursions during our visit to Utah and Arizona in the fall. In Page, Arizona we rented a fast speedboat to explore the waters around Lake Powell and Navajo Slot Canyon. When we were in Sedona, we did the most amazing helicopter tour over the Sedona Valley. And we went home with so many amazing memories.
Have you done an off-road jeep adventure in Moab? Was your an amazing rock climbing experience? Or a tamer ride?
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