Moab ohv advice

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  1. b76

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    Hello, I am from Oregon and want to try some Moab ohv trails around March or April with a small group. Two of us are able to ride almost anything but the other two are less inclined for the nasty stuff. We would like to see some variety of scenery too. Also there is a 21' camp trailer and a new high roof van that needs to be able to get in.
    Any advice on staging area etc would be very helpful,
    Thanks
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  2. nwcolorider

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    Plated? Bikes and range?
    The slick rock is always fun, Soverign trails north of town are good.
    Plated bikes, White Rim! Onion Creek is a hoot with all the water, hang a left and check out the Jeeps on Rose Garden.
    Top of the World is a fun ride but lots of step ups, nothing huge just a BUNCH.
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  3. b76

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    Two of the four are plated. Can we ride jeep trails with ohv tags? Are out of state ohv tags ok?
    Range is 60 mile +
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  4. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    You will need a Utah OHV, unless your state reciprocates.
    There is a Moab 101 Thread here
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  5. b76

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    Thank you
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  6. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    FYI your timeframe puts you in the heart of Spring Break and Easter Jeep Safari. Usually great time for weather, not so great for finding camping spots. If your week coincides with the Safari, it is not uncommon for them to "reserve" trails which is kind of BS but I understand why they do it.
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  7. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    We have ridden 3 years in Moab and camped off Willow Springs Rd. in the BLM area for free. I believe the BLM and state are in a land swap process and one of the agencies have started to built vault toilets. As of a month ago (ish), one of my friends said the camping was still free. We have parked many RV's in our spot and there are plenty of spots but arriving early to mid-week is best to save or find a spot.
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    This is a very good camping area as you can ride the Sovern Loop nwcolorider mentions plus you can ride the ATV's across the highway and find routes all over the place to the west, Seven Mile Rim, (Monitor & Merrimac Buttes), Tusher Tunnel, Bartlett Wash all the way to Hey Joe Canyon, Rainbow Terrace etc. You can even ride to Gemini Bridges, Metal Masher and more from this camp area. You can even ride Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, and Poison Spider from camp though you would have to return the same way as these three wouldn't be a loop for an ATV. Motorcycle yes, ATV no.

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    South of Moab has some great riding and camping areas in the Behind the Rocks area.
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  8. b76

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    Thanks for the info. We may go later because of the Safari
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  9. b76

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    I'll look into this, thanks
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  10. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    The Only maps to get worth having for Moab area are. https://www.latitude40maps.com/
    A strong statement only based on 30 years riding and camping in that area.

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  11. b76

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    Does Moab have ohv maps at staging areas?
    We are very spoiled in Oregon, almost every ohv area in the state has a box of free trail maps paid for by our off-road tags.
    I will definitely get some of these too.
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  12. jwrover

    jwrover Been here awhile

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    Hey,

    You'll have a Blast and mostly be overwhelmed with the trail volume open to all levels!

    Start at the Visitor Center/BLM office in the middle of town at Center Dr. You can get maps and OHV permits for all your vehicles there. Anything plated shouldn't need permits. Only plated vehicles can be transported on their own steam across/along public roads. Otherwise trailer.

    I'd suggest the Willow Springs area, also maybe look at the top of Long Draw road/ Pucker Pass as there are some great camp spots there and you are in a good area to launch to multiple trails.
    More improved camping is in Sand Flats Camp area and the trailheads to Slick Rock, Fins and Things and Porcupine rim are all there.

    I'd suggest doing some online research on trails and read trail reports. this will allow you to better locate the camping local and the trails you want. Again, there are literally books and books written on Moab and it's trails.

    Stay away from the two weeks flanking and the week of Easter Jeep Safari...Unless you like to do more sitting and watching than actual riding. I've been going to Moab for 25 years two to three times a year and almost never go in that three week period!

    The best weather times are April - Early May and Mid Sept to late October.

    Enjoy!!
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  13. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    No they do not. Most of the trails in Moab are pretty obvious and somewhat difficult to get lost on. There are exceptions of course like connecting Behind the Rocks and Pritchett but mostly trails are either marked by paint on the rocks or carins (sp) which are stacks of rocks on the trail
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  14. zgfiredude

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    And you are going to want to increase the 60 mile range if at all possible. It's easy to go more than 60 miles in one direction and fuel is not exactly behind every rock.

    Camping in the areas just north of town seems to make the most sense from what you describe, and there is fuel at the 191/313 intersection at an RV campground.

    I echo the others, Avoid Easter Jeep Safari! Unless you want to watch all the craziness ;-)
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    Gee thanks
    That post cost me some money but they are great maps!
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