My name is Shirin and I am an Iranian American living in the Pacific Northwest. Welcome to my journal where I share my travels throughout the PNW and beyond!
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May 15, 2022
Take a look at my MOAB road trip itinerary below for the road trip that went from Portland –> Red Rock Amphitheater –> MOAB! Every MOAB road trip will look different depending on where you start, but you can look at days 4-9 for the MOAB itinerary.
*The purpose of this MOAB road trip was to see Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit concert at the Red Rock Amphitheater, overlanding in MOAB, and exploring MOAB.
Day 1- We left Portland in a stocked Toyota Tacoma and camped at Wild Horse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, OR. As most our road trip revolved around overlanding and dispersed camping, we were prepared to cook. The truck has a refrigerator, camping/kitchen bins, extra gas, a pop up tent, solar panel, and jackery to withstand for longer and easier road trips.
Day 2- After a restful and cold night, we left in the morning and drove from Pendleton to Fort Collins. The entire day consisted of driving in crazy weather as we drove through Wyoming. At the end of the night we stayed at La Quinta!
Day 3- Our destination for the day was Red Rock Ampitheater. Before arriving for the concert, we stopped in Boulder and got a tasty coffee at The Laughing Goat and explored the Pearl Street. This was SUCH a cute area, other than the fact that it was raining horrendously on us! After exploring Boulder, we drove to Golden and got a delicious burger at the Cast Iron Tavern. We then found our camp spot just 10-15 minutes from the Red Rock Amphitheater.
We camped at Bear Creek Lake Campground. This was SUCH a beautiful camp spot with a lake, equestrian trails, hiking/running trails, and glamp spots! We then explored Morrison, CO, a super cute town 5 minutes from the concert and got a drink at the Rooftop Tavern. What a view! Finally, we reached our final destination, the Red Rock Amphitheater where we saw Waxatachee and Jason Isbell at the 400 unit. Jason Isbell sang with his wife, Amanda Shires, who sings in the country band, the Highwomen. This country group contains Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby!
Day 4- Woke up early and drove from Bear Creek Lake Campground to MOAB. We had a beautiful drive through Glenwood Canyon. We were in a bit of a time crunch so we were not able to stop through this area but if you have an extra day I would HIGHLY suggest spending time here as it was soooo beautiful! I have heard alot about their hot springs and find other things to do here! When we got to MOAB we were STARVING and we had an amazing breakfast at the MOAB diner *highly recommend!* We then went shopping for groceries and alcohol to prepare for the rest of the week.
*Reminder* Utah liquor laws are very different than other places so you will not always find liquor stores open or alcohol in the grocery store. You will want to check the liquor store time ahead of time as well.
After grocery shopping we stayed at a dispersed camp site along the Klondike Bluff South area. Here we had one Sunraider, the stocked Tacoma, and one Jeep Cherokee. Every rig had it’s own “home” set up so we could be self sufficient for multiple days.
Day 5: We were pretty exhausted after endless driving so today was more of a rest/explore day. We woke up and explored Dead Horse Point State Park and did a 3 mile hike along the lookout- WOW. The hike was stunning and hot, so naturally we ate an ice cream at the visitor center at the end of the hike. They also have potable water at the visitor center so you can reload on any jugs that may be empty!
After exploring Dead Horse Point State Park, we had the most INCREDIBLE drive from Long Canyon –> Pucker Pass and it ended near a boat ramp leading to the Colorado River. This drive was spectacular because you were going inside of a canyon to a place that felt like you could only find in Narnia. After our day of exploration we got a beer at the MOAB brewery, and you could also purchase some liquor here too! We then had an amazing camp made dinner back at our campground in the Klondike Bluff South area.
Day 6: Woke up for a sunrise hike to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. This park is definitely one of the most underrated parks and most beautiful park I have been to. After our sunrise photography shoot, we are homemade breakfast at the Schafer Trailhead. We had the Jeep Cherokee with us with has a well-equipped kitchen. We made eggs, potatoes and veggies while overlooking the White Rim Trailhead! After this we overlanded Hurrah Pass and part of Chicken Corners and camped halfway in the caves. The caves were formed by erosional undermining of hard sandstone layers. This area held a very good spirit all around. The remote nature of the caves made this one of the most beautiful camping nights I’ve ever experienced.
Day 7: We completed Chicken Corners! This was a very scenic overlanding trail, The trail followed the Colorado River downstream and multiple canyons. Throughout the trail you were continually in awe with amazing viewpoints. The trail mainly consisted of gravel, red dirt, sand, sandstone bedrock. At the end of the vehicle trail you will be standing directly across the river from Dead Horse Point.
After soaking up the views we turned back around and challenged the rigs by taking them up Lockhart Basin. Here, we went up about 9-10 obstacles but then decided to turn around. At the end of the night, we started camp again back in the magical caves. Night 2 in the caves was very different as we experienced a crazy wind and sand storm. After needing to take cover in a cave, we found the silver lining by turning on the firepit and having dinner inside the cave! Our friends then friends pitched their tent and slept in the cave while we went back into the roof top tent.
Day 8: On the way back we checked out Base Camp Adventure Lodge. This is a place people can camp with reservations if they don’t want to do dispersed camping. Once we arrived into town we had a late breakfast at Jailhouse Cafe. We then walked around the town or MOAB to get some souvenirs and check out the town. After breakfast and shopping, we hiked Corona Arches. This was a relatively easy-moderate hike, but had two places that contained slightly steep climbing. A few people attempted to bring their dog and needed assistance in these steep sections. After our hike we overlanded Gemini Bridges and checked out the super neat bridges at the top. We ended our night by camping at Goose Island Campground.
Day 9: The plan was to bike Slick Rock, however due to technicalities we biked North 40. We then headed back to Seattle and stayed the night in Oregon at the Best Western hotel. This was such a great decision because they had a 24/7 indoor hot tub and heated pool!
Day 10: Completed the drive back home!
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