Years and years ago I did this trip - long before it was popular.
But I've wanted to return for many years, so finally decided to pull the trigger. The White Rim Trail was closed for quite some time when one of the roads was washed away, but was reopened this March. The first decent Backcountry Permit/Campsite available wasn't until the first week of November.
We would be traveling with a couple of long-time friends, but we were all arriving at different times. We arrived and spent a day doing the traditional tourist thing.
Arches National Park...
We weren't able to find someone to watch my wifes puppy (Sprocket) so we would be taking him along. But the National Park Service is very anti-dog, so he would be a bit of a fugative.
For reasons beyond us, Pets are not allowed to walk on sidewalks. They are allowed in the street however... It actually says this in the literature.
We decided to leave Arches using a small dirt road instead of the main route.
This gave Sprocket a chance to stretch his legs.
We're starting to worry....
We all rallied up Tuesday night and were ready to enter the Park on Wednesday. We started off by heading out of Moab on Potash Road and then onto Long Canyon.
However, a storm came in that night and doused all the higher elevations with snow.
However, it was quite pretty...
We stopped to air down the tires, I dropped down to 20psi. I was afraid to go much lower although I'm told as low as 12psi is acceptable.
It's amazing how long it took to air down the tires, Eric (first Gen Tacoma) and Jeremey (X-Terra) teamed up to speed up the process.
Soon, we were driving on a blanket of snow. Traction was surprisingly good, particularly when you consider that slick-rock becomes extremely slippery when wet.
We arrived at the infamous fallen rock...
Obligatory rock photo...
Soon we found ourselves dealing with some very Slick-Rock and some big holes. It took a couple of tries and some relocation of larger rocks in order for the X-Terra to make it through.
Wheels in the air!
My Taco made it through no problem!
(it was a lot worse than it looks in the photos)
Sprocket never doubted the Taco's abilities.
Soon, we were nearing the top of the canyon!
Just in time to drop back down via the Shafer Trail