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    Help my and the wife plan a trip out west!

    Hey guys, so the wife are looking to do a little getaway trip out west over my birthday (Dec 25th...no Im not jesus) over new years. We would like to spend new years in vegas, so the trip will be from late december into early january.

    We will be departing from NJ, and drive straight through Kansas, and at that point, Im all ears. Here are some preferences that we would like you to consider when suggesting destinations...

    1) Obviously, it is the dead of winter, and time is limited, so going to a place that may or may not be snowed over would kill too much time, so only places with drivable snow....alone.

    2) Jeeping is a priority, so some awesome trails to some amazing destinations.

    So far, all I have on my radar are the white sand national monument dunes, maybe check out grand staircase escalante, and valley of the gods. It has also been a dream of mine to check out Moab in the winter, so I may give that a shot, depending on weather conditions.

    Anything else you guys can suggest that's worth a stop? Keep in mind, we are alone, no other vehicles, so nothing too hardcore.

    P.S. If any of you are along my route, would love to meet up a grab a bite, or hit a scenic trail. Would be great to have a local guide.

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    Moab might have snow but it doesn't get deep enough to prevent you from 4wheeling. It can get muddy and slick on the rocks so have recovery plans if you're not in a group.

    Colorado high country will probably have too much snow for 4wheeling, but the western slopes will have some fun. Grand Junction probably won't have too much snow. I moved from Colorado last year so I won't know what their snow levels are like to let you know if you would be able to wheel or not. There are some Front Range trails that you 4wheel all year on. www.traildamage.com is a good place to go to find trails, info on suggested trails and how to get to them. I really liked Middle St. Vrain to Coney Flats, thought it was a fun loop. A lot of my other favorites were up mountains and passes which will most likely have too deep of snow. If not Black Bear and Independence Pass are gorgeous and not that challenging but if you don't pay attention you can easy fall down a mountain side; very exposed.

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    Avoid the high country in Colorado, if you take hwy 50 through co let me know there are some beautiful mountain towns I can send you to and like said before grand junction area is pretty doable then and it's 2 hours from Moab. Unless it's a heavy early snow year I would wager Moab would be snow free at that time, pack warm!

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    No kidding? Well, if you're still around, we typically do some kind of kick off run the first weekend after New Years. It's just easy sight seeing stuff but, we'd love to have you join us if you can.

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    Thanks for the insight guys. Glad to hear the news about moab and will definitely keep my ass out of colorado high country.

    Eddie, that would be amazing and if I'm still in your state id love to join, but you guys usually head out even further west no? You're gonna make drive from CA to NJ aren't you??? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by NFRs2000NYC View Post
    Thanks for the insight guys. Glad to hear the news about moab and will definitely keep my ass out of colorado high country.

    Eddie, that would be amazing and if I'm still in your state id love to join, but you guys usually head out even further west no? You're gonna make drive from CA to NJ aren't you??? Lol
    The kick off run is typically done out in California - out in the Mojave Desert just west of Vegas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    The kick off run is typically done out in California - out in the Mojave Desert just west of Vegas.
    You can just add kitty and I to the list now if you'd like

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    Around Vegas there are some nice red rock trails near Logandale, the annual hump n bump trail ride is held there http://www.logandaletrails.com

    You aren't too far from Death Valley either, Titus Cyn, Badwater...and the Dec temps can be in the upper 70's & low 80's in Dec ( on the valley floor) but overnight it will go below freezing.

    Many trails in and around Mt. Charleston but snow may be a factor, lots of trails around Lake Mead, the Bitter Springs area is pretty, BUT you are going in the winter when temps can get very cold, and conditions can get bad. Las Vegas does get snow, and the surrounding areas could be very muddy.

    I would see if there are some southern NV guys who may be available to take you on a trail ride. The thought of you going out alone is a little troubling. I would do this for each place you want to stop and explore. Owning a SPOT device is a good idea too, especially in winter driving conditions.

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NFRs2000NYC View Post
    Hey guys, so the wife are looking to do a little getaway trip out west over my birthday (Dec 25th...no Im not jesus) over new years. We would like to spend new years in vegas, so the trip will be from late december into early january.

    1) Obviously, it is the dead of winter, and time is limited, so going to a place that may or may not be snowed over would kill too much time, so only places with drivable snow....alone. ............
    ..............P.S. If any of you are along my route, would love to meet up a grab a bite, or hit a scenic trail. Would be great to have a local guide.
    I can't make any promises about snow around here but, if you want to explore north-east of Las Vegas drop me a PM. We have several different types of sites to see up this way. A trip through here could be done on your way to or from Las Vegas if coming from or going to Utah.


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    you could drop past the grand canyon to Sedona and see the red rocks, then head to vegas

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