Jeepin' in Moab Rally Recap
Shafer Trail. Metal Masher. Poison Spider. Hell’s Revenge. Long Canyon. Fin and Things. No, they’re not biker nicknames or CB handles. In fact, they are the colorful names of the rugged trails that wind through the Moab area in eastern Utah – names that are sure to spark memories among those who joined Liberty Coach’s “Jeepin’ in Moab” rally in September.
As usual, the weather was very hot, but since all of the jeeps were air-conditioned, the heat wasn’t a problem. And we enjoyed clear skies throughout the trip, which enabled us to venture everywhere the trails took us and view all of the breathtaking sights of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Because the trails are designed for various levels of jeep climbing experience, there are plenty of options for every driver, from the beginner to the expert. Those guests who don’t own their own vehicles were able to rent jeeps and drive the easier trails with no problems. On the most challenging trails we were accompanied by guides, one at the front and another at the rear of each group. They really made sure we all had a great, safe experience, and were very helpful when the need arose.
Lucky for all, that wasn’t often. We encountered just a few jeep problems, and nothing that couldn’t be resolved by putting on our “thinking caps” and improvising. One guest (who will remain nameless) even had the dubious distinction of experiencing a trailside towing procedure!
As for our accommodations, the Portal Rv Resort Campground was perfect in every way, with adequate power, concrete pads and blacktop roads. Some of the sites were also beautifully landscaped. And between restaurants and catered meals, I don’t think anyone went to bed hungry. On the final evening, we took a spectacular boat trip through the canyon and enjoyed a captivating history lesson about the area. It left everyone with a deep appreciation for this part of our country, and we were also very grateful for the chance to share it with friends and family. What more could you ask for?
-- Jeanne Konigseder