In May 2021, I joined with several other off-roaders and explored Southern Utah. Our great America offers so many incredible sights to see!
Itinerary: Grand Staircase Escalante, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Dark Canyon, Dry Mesa, and Capital Reef National Park (a drive through). It also included the Smoky Mountain Trail, 50 Mile Bench Mountain, and the Left Hand Collet.
Dates: May 11th to May 20th
Number of Days: 10
Total miles traveled (portal to portal): 1800+
Miles off-road (dirt): 400+
Number of Vehicles: 5
Number of people: 6
First, I want to thank Dave our Trail Master, for all the planning and logistics that made this trip a success. I also want to thank the rest of our group for all the great food and friendship!
Our trip started with an unexpected detour to an off-road shop to get my rear shocks replaced. I did a thorough maintenance check of my FJ including the suspension before I left. My rear shocks were not leaking, corroded, or in need of replacing. But it turns out that when you put four 5 gallon gas cans on the roof, two 4 gallon gas cans on the rear bumper and 10 days worth of camping gear, the shocks revolt! I noticed the FJ was swaying more than usual on the S turns on route 15 going into Saint George, Utah.
Luckily, one of our group knew of an off-road shop in Saint George called Dixie 4 Wheel Drive. I can't say enough about Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, they are family owned and were able to replace my rear shocks in a couple of hours. If you ever need work done on your vehicle in and around Saint George or Moab please visit them.
Dixie 4 Wheel Drive website.
After leaving Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, we drove to Glen Canyon National Recreational Area - Alstrom Point, where we spent 2 days.
Alstrom Point overlooks Lake Powell with specular views of the Lake. Because Alstrom Point is only reachable with a 4WD vehicle you can enjoy the Lake views without crowds.
The rock formation in the first picture is called "Gun Site Butte". It looks like the gun site of an old rifle, complete with notch.Campsite
Dry Mesa / Bears Ears National Monument / Manti La Sal National Forest