Canyonlands National Park Easter Jeep Safari 2019

Canyonlands National Park is divided in three sections, Island in the Sky, Maze District, Needles District.  These three areas are all divided by the Colorado and Green Rivers.  

The Island in the Sky district is a broad and level mesa in the northern section of the park, between the Colorado and Green rivers. The district has many viewpoints overlooking the White Rim, a sandstone bench 1,200 feet (366 m) below the Island, and the rivers, which are another 1,000 feet (305 m) below the White Rim.

The Island in the Sky Visitors Center is 32 miles out of Moab.  You take US 191  to Utah 313 which then takes you on the road around the area.  Just before the Island in the Sky Visitors Center is the turn off for White Rim Trail.  I will be coming back to do this 100+ mile overland trail.  It is said to give 2-3 days to do this trail as there are many areas to pull off and hike and take pictures.  This is also the trailhead for Shafer trail which follows the Colorado Rive north back upstream to Moab.  I did not do my research before, but I wish I took the Schafer Trail back to Moab.  

Driving the road there are a bunch of overlooks and hiking trails to explore.  The views at very turn or just breathtaking.  I was on a time crunch asI had to get back into town for the Expo Show for Easter Jeep Safari, and I did not realize how big this national park is.  

I determined that this would be a “fishing expedition” for a bigger expedition come in later years.  Doing the White Room trail, and other trails e Maze and Needless Districts.

https://www.expeditionteamoverland.com/EJS-2019/Canyon-Land-National-Park

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Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. JKFreaks.com was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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