Our Jeep trip started with a line up at the wood shop area of the
resort where we met Steve, and 7 other Jeep loads of folks, all
interested in driving to Box Canyon for the day. We had 7 Jeeps, a
Toyota Cruiser, and a Isuzu in our little caravan.
Driving north on Hwy 79 toward Florence, we turned east toward the
Box Canyon at about 8:30 am. Shortly afterwards, our caravan was joined by a pickup
towing a trailer with 2 “4-wheelers” who rode with us for
part of our trip.
After turning off the paved road we “aired down” our
tires to about 15 psi for easier riding and better traction. Some of
us also disconnected our sway bars. (“The Rubicon” makes this easy. You just push a button on the dash. ) We then traveled our trail, stopping briefly for a potty stop, and to visit to an
old Stage Stop, before entering Box Canyon.
The canyon started out about 50 yards wide, rapidly closing in on is as we traveled into it.
At one point the walls of the canyon rose
almost straight up, and you felt like you
could almost spread your
arms and touch both sides. (of course it was a little wider than
that, unless you have really long arms). The walls showed sprinkles of green, yellow, reds, and oranges, subtle, but beautiful as we passed close to the strata in the rocks. The
trail through the narrows is mostly level, with just a couple of small boulders to climb over between the walls (an easy job for a Jeep).
Eventually the canyon began to widen again and the trail began to
ascend with a few rocks, dips, and ruts to cross. The rating of the
trail was about a “2” out of 5. (made into a 2.5 because of
the falls area.)
After a short drive we arrived at the “falls”
area, a gradual shelf about 10 to 12 feet high that can be easily
climbed with good rear lockers. The Isuzu and a couple of stock Jeeps needed a little tow from above to get past the center section. (Not that they both couldn’t have made it, but nobody wanted to leave an axle behind today.)
|Steve at the top directing traffic|
Our “tail gunner” passed all of us
on the rough, right side of the falls (making it look easy) in order
to help with the towing. (He is one of the “Tail Gunners”
for the more extreme Moab, UT tours during the summer months.)
It took less than 1/2 hour and we were all up. (Jo and I made it
on our first attempt, thanks to our front and rear lockers – another
1 button push to engage) .
|Steve our wagon master|
From there it was a fairly easy “rocky road” to Granny’s
pass, where we stopped and viewed the many memorial head stones of
people who had passed on and wanted their ashes released from that
The high point also gave us a spectacular view of the
mountains to the west of the valley.
Then it was down again to the valley floor and a stop for lunch
and some Jeeper talk. Then on back to the parking area near the
Highway where we “aired up” for the trip home.
Today was a great day. We met some other fun and interesting
Jeepers, laughed a
lot, and shared Jeep stories. Next trip will be
to Walnut Canyon in a couple of weeks. We are starting to love
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