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I'm going to be passing through Moab, UT for a few days this week.

Anyone in that area? Thinking about taking some stock capable trails Thursday morning, probably something with a pulloff to hike/explore. Any recommendations on trails? Want to join?
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Bring a camera...it is just gorgeous....
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If you're on Facebook a guy in the group just did a 3 day trip there and posted all about it could probably give you some pointers. His name is Travis. Not sure if he's on here. Its called "2nd Gen Colorado & Canyon"

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You should check out Hells Revenge. You can get all the way around it stock. All the hard obstacles are easily bypassed.

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Have fun, absolutely beautiful area! I was born and grew up in Monticello to the south of Moab. Take a lot of pics!

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It is absolutely beautiful there. Many many years ago (like 2001?), I went with and offroad group - I flew out and rode shotgun. It was a blast!

I remember we did a trail called Chicken Corners. Looks like its still active.

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It's Thursday morning and you may already be out somewhere..but Chicken Corners and Shafer Trail from Island in the Sky to Hwy 279 are probably both good trails for a stock Canyon. You might scrape the air dam if you still have it on. I've lived in Moab for 43 years, and both of those trails are still among my favorites whether Jeeping or truckin'. Lots of hiking opportunities on each trail.

Somebody mentioned Hell's Revenge. There's no freakin' way I'd take a stock Canyon on that trail or on Fins & Things.
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It's Thursday morning and you may already be out somewhere..but Chicken Corners and Shafer Trail from Island in the Sky to Hwy 279 are probably both good trails for a stock Canyon. You might scrape the air dam if you still have it on. I've lived in Moab for 43 years, and both of those trails are still among my favorites whether Jeeping or truckin'. Lots of hiking opportunities on each trail.

Somebody mentioned Hell's Revenge. There's no freakin' way I'd take a stock Canyon on that trail or on Fins & Things.
No,haven't left yet! Got in later then expected last night.. thanks for the input! I'll probably check them out today! I'm trying to get in on one of these ATV/UTV adventure tours for tomorrow but I'm apparently the only person in the world that travels alone.

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It's Thursday morning and you may already be out somewhere..but Chicken Corners and Shafer Trail from Island in the Sky to Hwy 279 are probably both good trails for a stock Canyon. You might scrape the air dam if you still have it on. I've lived in Moab for 43 years, and both of those trails are still among my favorites whether Jeeping or truckin'. Lots of hiking opportunities on each trail.

Somebody mentioned Hell's Revenge. There's no freakin' way I'd take a stock Canyon on that trail or on Fins & Things.
Hells Revenge has crazy, hard obstacles, but they're all easily bypassed. The actual trail isn't really that bad. Heck, a guy took a Crown Victoria out there! A stock truck should have no problem at all just driving the loop.

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Hells Revenge has crazy, hard obstacles, but they're all easily bypassed. The actual trail isn't really that bad. Heck, a guy took a Crown Victoria out there! A stock truck should have no problem at all just driving the loop.

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Sorry...but I disagree. I've been on that trail many times in my Jeeps. The Canyon is just too low, the approach and departure angles are not suited for a trail like Hell's Revenge, and the forward visibility sucks compared to a Jeep. Even Wells says in his highly-regarded book that the trail is not suited for stock vehicles or novice drivers...and he is talking mainly about Jeeps. I've been with Grand County Search and Rescue for over 25 years and have lost count of the number of times we've been called to help people who got in over their heads after following bad advice. Your advice qualifies as bad (and dangerous) advice. Just because it CAN be done doesn't mean that it SHOULD be done.

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No,haven't left yet! Got in later then expected last night.. thanks for the input! I'll probably check them out today! I'm trying to get in on one of these ATV/UTV adventure tours for tomorrow but I'm apparently the only person in the world that travels alone.
Check with Kent or Cricket at Moab Cowboy Off-Road. They do UTV tours (you drive or ride) and are located on the northeast corner of Main and 1st South. I've never done one of their tours but I've known them for probably 40 years. He's quite a character. John Marshall at Coyote Adventures also runs some fun Unimog tours on Hell's Revenge. Each of them do Hell's Revenge. If you want to drive your nice new Canyon home unscathed, don't take it on Hell's Revenge.

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Ok, not doubting your experience. My impression of the trail itself, minus the obstacles, was fairly easy. Granted, I was in a vehicle with more than generous approach and departure angles. Perhaps it would have looked much different from a different vehicle. I did see several stock pickup trucks out there though doing just fine. Granted, they were full size, so sat a little higher that the twins.

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I talked with the guy at Moab Country Cowboy, they were all booked up this weekend but I ended up getting another tour in today. I decided that instead of trying to find a road to take my truck out alone, I'm just gonna do more UTV tours. I had a freaking blast today! This place is fantastic!

....I think I need to trade my Mini for one of these little machines, although I don't think there's much rock climbing in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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I would love to go back to Moab. My husband was never there..... but, it'd be a 'fly out' and rent a Jeep/something. We'd often talked about renting an offroad rig and going out on your own (with others of course). But - the logistics of those 'rentals' worries me. I mean.... they get the piss beat out of them and anything could 'break' at anytime. My luck, I'd be in it for 5 minutes, drive over a tiny little pebble and an axle shaft would finally let loose.

Majority of those Jeep tours are lame. If there was a tour that would require the usage of 5-point harnasses - I'd sign up!! Hopefully, the driver is skilled and won't kill us. LOL Or give me the keys!! I'd love to drive that terrain again!!

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Twisted Jeeps and Outlaw Tours seem very conscientious about maintaining their rental vehicles. The Twisted rentals are built to handle nearly any trail around Moab...big (and correctly-designed) lifts, winch, beadlocks, 37" tires, etc. I think they only have about 3 trails blacklisted. Dan Mick is, without doubt, the most experienced jeep tour operator in Moab...runs several of the more extreme trails...Golden Spike, Moab Rim, etc.

There are a lot trails around here that are perfect for un-modified (except for air dam removal) Canyons or Colorados...Shafer Trail, Chicken Corners, Onion Creek, Spring Canyon Point, Spring Canyon Bottom and more. You could probably make it quite a ways down the White Rim Trail from either the west or east side of Island in the Sky.
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Oh yes! Shafer Trail! That's one you really should do. Just amazing sights there. We really enjoyed that drive.

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