I took a 9 day 2500 mile road trip with a couple friends last month. Goal was camping, biking, hiking, 4-wheeling, photography and some good relaxing. We left SF Bay Area at around 2:30PM on a Friday and arrived Saturday morning in Moab around 7:30AM (it rained nearly the entire drive through the night). Grabbed quick breakfast a few last minute supplies then headed out of town to Canyonlands and the White Rim Trail. We entered Canyonlands via Long Canyon (still raining) and hit the visitor center to register for White Rim Trail and try to get better spaced camps. The original camps we were able to get were not spaced well at all. We ended up with Taylor, Potato Bottom and Airport which was a little better. Of the three, I highly recommend Taylor camp. It is a single spot camp at the end of a 5 mile spur trail with stunning views. The moral of this part of the story is to make your camping reservations for White Rim Trail camping WAY WAY WAY in advance. The White Rim Trail is spectacular and I highly recommend it.
After three nights on WRT, we stayed in Sand Flats (Moab) for a couple nights. We biked Slick Rock trail and Kokopelli down to Porcupine. We then shot down for a night on Gooseberry Mesa (near Hurricane, UT) and biked that trail in the next morning. For any mountain bikers out there, Gooseberry Mesa is a great trail and you should ride it if you get a chance (at least I like it).
Next stop off to Mammoth. Arrived at Rock Tub hot spring pretty late and happy to see that it was vacant. A few beers and a dip in the hot spring was a great way to end the day. Woke up and off to bike Lower Rock Creek trail. A dip in the creek to clean off, then got our butts home in time for Mother's Day and our three waiting spouses.
The van was incredible this trip 4-wheeling loaded to around 12K lbs. Only problem was breaking off the stud at the sway bar. That was welded up in Moab without much issue.
One of my friends on the trip is big into photography and took about 20GB of photos. Here's a few photos.
It took hours to pressure wash all the Utah red clay from the under carriage. This is before the sway bar stud snapped off.
Long Canyon trail. This section was steep, sandy & wet, but the van never slipped once (love the Toyo M/T's).
Taylor Camp. My favorite! Each camp had a pit toilet and I have to say they were the nicest cleanest pit toilets I've seen. Especially for their remote locations.
Moses and Zeus from Taylor Camp.
Somewhere on White Rim Trail.
Again, on WRT.
Potato Bottom camp playing with time exposures and my bike light.
Potato Bottom area.
Another WRT shot.
And another one.
Good times had by all. Can't wait to take my family to see it.