Lockhart Basin is south and west of Moab, creating a link between the roads and trails that head west of town (Kane Creek, Harrah Pass, Chicken Corners) with the highway entrance to Needles District in Canyonlands National Park.
One convenient, enjoyable, and perhaps addicting place to look for trails is Jeep’s Badge of Honor (BoH) that identifies over 60 trails across 24 states. This free program is available to all Jeep owners regardless of model.
Differential lockers are a great tool offroad for difficult trails, rock crawling, and getting unstuck. Lockers will help you get thru more difficult terrain, and give you a first option for self recovery if you get stuck.
Some of the best leaf-peeping outside of the Northeast can be found in Colorado. As temperatures drop in the Rockies in early September and snow seems likely, the Aspen trees get ready for winter too. The front-ranges near Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins see the leaves turn slightly later, toward the beginning of October.
Starting out on the trail with your brand new Jeep can be an intimidating experience for some. Even if you are fully prepared and have the basic gear you need, the idea of getting stuck or damaging your new vehicle can make those first few trips a little more anxiety-filled than they need to be.
Tabegauche trail is moderate to difficult trial, just outside Grand Junction with easy access to town, 17 miles with travel time around 4 hours.
Great trail to have a fun day, moderate to wild (in areas) depending on your desired challenge. Areas of Moab-like slickrock and ledges, especially in the play area. Rock gardens present a challenge in finding the right lines. Sandy transitions with fast areas too!
The reality is today there aren’t many remote places left to really get away. The San Rafael Swell is a spot that is being discovered, but is large enough to still be alone and really feel “out there”.
The San Rafael Swell is an enormous geologic feature rising more than 1,000 feet above the desert west of Green River, Utah.
Eventually, every rig suffers a trail breakdown. Enough time on the trail, it’s gonna happen. Being prepared will be key. This section will cover how to construct the best tool kit for your rig (and abilities).
Getting a feel for your Jeep and where your tires are is as important as getting that bumper installed. It comes with time spent driving - and not everyone has the time or ability to hit the trails everyday. But with some extra time and a few (preferably used) beer cans and a parking lot, you can begin to hone those skills.
For DIY Scratch removal you will need: A good drill, a lambswool pad, a foam pad, medium cut compound and basic car wax.
(Assuming you already own a drill, and a basic wax, the estimated cost is under $30)
Jeeping, jeeps, and trail use has changed significantly since the first Jeeps rolled into American forests and deserts following WWII. Land use has changed as dramatically as our Jeeps have over the last 30 years specifically.
Hill descent control is a great feature when you are descending a steep hill to focus on the terrain, and let the Jeep keep you at a safe speed. The vehicle controls the speed of descent automatically, using the electronics and components of the traction control system to activate braking maintaining a constant speed and as much traction on each tire as possible.
Jeep Rubicons have some great features and are great trail rigs, BUT, the Rubicon sway bar disconnect sucks. It is a common problem that affects many Jeeps, can create issues far past the sway bar itself, and is an extremely expensive part.
Of course all the ladies out there can’t wait to have a great photography session for their engagement. Thinking about clothes, locations, googling phones and searching for photographers; it’s all part of the experience.
But guys on the other hand are generally not the biggest fans of taking pictures.
As Jeep enthusiasts and off-roaders we love the environment in which we play. For many of us, the views and experiences of being in the natural environment is a big reason why we go. We also recognize that the sport can have harmful effects on the very environment we love, treasure, and need to be able to wheel.
Mid-way through the drive to Moab, we realized we were already learning new things about the new 2020 Wrangler JL. Somehow a long road trip surfaces different impressions than smaller day trips. You can read about our initial first impression of the 2020 Wrangler JL.
Snow wheeling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the deep freeze of winter months. But for those new to this type of wheeling, it can be a quick mistake that turns a great day into disaster. Here are some basic tips for those ready to hit the trails as the snow is melting.
The portable air compressor varies in cost from under $50 to $500 plus. We run a set of mid-grade compressors, which costs about $175 each. They are beefier and faster than the super-cheap auto store options, but not as much as the ARB suitcase style dual compressors. They take around 5 minutes per tire to air from mid-teens back up to the low 30s. They do get extremely hot in use, and need to cool a bit after around 4 tires in the summer.
We recently purchased a brand new 2020 JLU and I am taking a moment while it is still fresh and even smells new to get a few initial thoughts out. First, our specs:
2020 JLU Rubicon
2.0L Turbo engine, 8-speed Auto Transmission, 4.10 stock gearing, stock 33” tires
Deflating your tires to appropriate pressure for your terrain is the very first thing you should do before going off road. It increases traction, makes the ride smoother, and decreases chances of tire punctures.
If you are new to off-roading, and find yourself out with friends who are also new to the sport, knowing how to spot can be an essential skill to staying safe and having an enjoyable time on your early adventures with your Jeep.
Aren’t you so sick of booking campsites six month in advance? One of the advantages of owning a Jeep is that you are now free to overland with kids and camp in the many dispersed sidtes available in National Forests and BLM land throughout the western US.
Native Jeeps, LLC is excited to announce that our US Forest Service Special Use Permit application has been approved! We will soon be fully permitted for almost every road in the Clear Creek Ranger District for this summer and fall season!
We are jeeping enthusiasts that were tired of making the 10 hour round trip to Moab from Denver, and wanted to bring the joy of offroad jeep tours closer to home. Luckily, Colorado also offers hundreds of amazing jeep trails, combined with unique pristine mountain landscapes and consistent good weather.