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Utah west of Moab: any tips/info/advice?

For my husband's birthday in June we are heading out to Utah to explore the back country surrounding the national parks since we are taking our dog and they are not allowed on national park trails. Moab has tons of info in this forum (which I thank you for!) but does anyone have any info/tips/advice on all the other amazing areas of southern Utah? Especially around Capitol Reef National Park, the San Rafael Swell and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument? I super appreciate the posts about reputable mechanics, towing services, hospitals and vets as well as killer trails to check out.

We are going on our own, so we don't plan to do any serious crawling (since we won't have anyone with us to winch us out!) but any info is appreciated :)

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Nobody??? Not a single person has driven past Moab?

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Beings as nobody is "Speaking Up" I would recommend you to Research your trip like any other Vacation.
(With Extra Focus on trail routes.)

If you are planning to do any Wheeling, I Would Highly recommend
Caution as you never know what you might come across.
(dont forget the "kitchen sink", the item you forget Will be the 1 you need)

Maybe someone else will chime in here soon.
you can also try FB - "Utah Bronco Club" & RR4W for info too.
(and You Tube Videos maybe)

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For trails, I would suggest the Jeep 3D trail.

My wife and I were out there in May for the Bronco meet up ( which was also over my birthday ) and this is a trail we went on when we were all by ourselves.
Our Bronco is mostly stock, with 32" tires. No lift, etc. And since we drove it 500 miles there, we needed to be able to drive it 500 miles back and didn't want to break anything. Fun trail with lots of variety, but nothing too difficult.
Buy a local trail map while you're there, too. They have difficulty rating posted on the maps, as well as where to find them.

Not sure on the national parks, since we didn't have a dog with us, but I know we enjoyed Arches National Park while we were there.
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Thank you White Dragon! I will check out the "Utah Bronco Club" & RR4W :) This trip has been thoroughly researched (my husband has maps 4 layers deep on our table!) and we have been through Utah several times, but this is only our 2nd time in the Bronco. We don't plan to do any actual wheeling because like you said we are alone and that isn't the best idea. What we are planning to do is drive on the dirt roads that head into nowhere and sometimes get washed out beyond the national parks. SO much amazing land to explore! I was just looking for any personal recommendations on places to go and things to see :)

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For trails, I would suggest the Jeep 3D trail.

My wife and I were out there in May for the Bronco meet up ( which was also over my birthday ) and this is a trail we went on when we were all by ourselves.
Our Bronco is mostly stock, with 32" tires. No lift, etc. And since we drove it 500 miles there, we needed to be able to drive it 500 miles back and didn't want to break anything. Fun trail with lots of variety, but nothing too difficult.
Buy a local trail map while you're there, too. They have difficulty rating posted on the maps, as well as where to find them.

Not sure on the national parks, since we didn't have a dog with us, but I know we enjoyed Arches National Park while we were there.
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This is exactly the kind of info I'm looking for, thank you! And happy belated birthday

We will also be driving over 1,200 miles each way, and we want to be able to make it home as well! We want to explore beyond the pavement and main roads, but not get ourselves into any trouble or break things

Where would you recommend buying local trail maps? I'm all about shopping local once we are there :) Thank you SO MUCH for the trail tip!

I reward you with 2 photos from our last Utah trip, the first of a road that was washed out that we didn't cross (about a 8' drop!) and the second at a little park we stopped at to let the pup run around :)
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Such a beautiful area! I loved it down there, it was our first time.
We got our trail map at the gas station that was by our camp ground (Archview). It was about $12, but was high quality plastic sheet (waterproof) instead of paper, so it was nice to have.

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Yeah, most places around that a visitor would stop at have maps available. And always ask locals about trails you can do.

In all honesty, you could do Fins and Things trail and most of Hell's revenge. When I did those two, there was both a stock 77 bronco and a stock bronco 2 doing them. And the issue about being alone is usually not. In the peak season, the trails are constantly in use and theres bound to be others there. Most are willing to help someone in need. They may want a six pack of compensation tho... That being said, not trail riding solo is a good idea.

There is an offroad tow truck in the Moab area. He is VERY skilled at driving the trails. You can see him do Hell's Gate IN REVERSE on YouTube.

There is also a level 4 trauma hospital and numerous vets in the Moab Area.

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