04-06-2008, 01:54 PM
We had a great time driving the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National park over spring break. The weather was nice and the Ridgeline performed very well; there were a couple of places that required some careful wheel placement, but ground clearance was generally adequate. Now I will see if I can remove the red dust from nearly every nook and cranny!
04-06-2008, 02:11 PM
Awesome picture! Sounds like a great time! Good luck on cleaning the crannies... the nooks are quite that bad, but the crannies can be murder! ;)
04-06-2008, 11:03 PM
That is a great trip. I'm very jealous. Any tips for others that might want to follow in your tire tracks?
04-06-2008, 11:17 PM
This is a route I haven't taken, though we've been down the Shaffer trail to Potash. That is a good road, no clearance problems. I'm glad to hear the White Rim is doable in the RL. Not likely that we'll ever do it, however, since dogs aren't allowed. :(
Please post more photos!
04-07-2008, 05:39 AM
Super photo!!! Nice first post. I wish my RL could enjoy such a ride!:D
04-07-2008, 07:53 AM
I haven't driven the White Rim Road, but I have wandered over much of Canyonlands NP. LOVE that place! I know you had a ball driving the Ridge around that whole area. Along with good drives, there are some great hikes there. The pic below was taken on a short hike to Mesa Arch at sunrise. I call this pic "Middle Earth." Just one of the incredible sights in Canyonlands. Glad you enjoyed your trip!
04-12-2008, 11:10 AM
Thanks for the comments, and for the great scenery shot, tcape. Here is a picture of one of the roughest spots on the White Rim road. It doesn't appear to be tricky, but there is a steep, short stretch in front of the truck. When approaching slowly, aiming for the middle of the track (1st gear, VTM-4 locked), I got to a point where the right front was spinning on slickrock and both rears were spinning in sand. The solution was to back up, assess the best path, and get a slight running start to have enough momentum to go up and over the lip onto the flat, bare rock at the top. Part of the reason that it was a bit nerve-racking was the fact that there were large rocks on either side and the road sloped off toward the left. There were also some big holes on the left that other folks had filled in with some small boulders. This is about the roughest spot we encountered.