Last year it was Yellowstone. This year our summer road trip culminated in an awesome visit to the Grand Canyon.
A bit of a late start, as I was dealing with some issues from adding larger tires and a 2″ lift to the truck, but in the end it only cost us half a day. After crashing overnight at an RV park near Keystone, NE, we started off in Breckenridge, CO Friday afternoon and met up with the “200LCDC“, a 200-series Toyota Land Cruiser club, for a multi-day trail run. Friday night we did a night trail ride up Peak 10, and Saturday we joined a subset of the group on a run up Red Cone (considered difficult) and down to Montezuma (easy).
The view from the top of Red Cone was awesome
and only a little bit of damage from a pretty tall rock we had to roll down on the trail up the mountain
Around Moab we hit two of the Canyonlands National Park districts (the Needles and Island in the Sky) as well as Arches National Park. The Needles district was my favorite. We did a short hike (about 2.5 miles) and then a longer (14-mile roundtrip) 4 wheel drive trail out to the Colorado River.
In the Island in the Sky district we took the 4WD Potash Road/Shafer trail into the park (a much more dramatic entrance than the paved highway) and stopped along the Colorado River. Once in the park we hiked out to the Grand Overlook which is where the Colorado and Green rivers meet and split Canyonlands into its four distinct districts.
- 4463 miles
- 36.2 mph average
- 8.8 mpg
- 507 gallons of fuel @ about $2.79/gallon = ~$1,414
- 123 hours in the car
- Potential to listen to “Holiday Road” on repeat 3354 times
Now I’ve started thinking where we want to go next year…