Hey guys, wanted to share an off roading trip out west that I just finished. I left the buggy at home and drove the pickup truck over 4.5k miles out there, camped in the Utah desert in Canyonlands National Park, then I stopped in Colorado and rented a lifted Jeep in order to complete the Alpine Loop.
The first trail was 'white rim' which is about 100 miles and it takes you all throughout the canyon, driving through the vast desert, along the canyon rim, up and over and down several hills. I entered from the west end which meant I drove up hard scrabble hill which is typically the toughest obstacle but the past week rain had washed it out and dropped some big boulders so the visitors center was turning people away saying it was impassable. I really had no business going on it with a stock long wheelbase but I made it through. There were several legitimate hills all of which always pinned you to the edge of the cliff overlooking the canyon. Sleeping in the desert was a little spooky. I did it in 3 days and two nights and needed all of the daylight to put miles down. Very fun and gorgeous trail. Highly recommend.
White Rim photos: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0dGJDfWGfwu90
I also rented a lifted Jeep on 35" KM3s and went up the Colorado passes near Ouray and Silverton and got up to 12,800 feet tall. I had been in the area in 2019 and always wanted to do Engineers pass and Cinnamon pass so I got my chance to complete them. With the jeep, I was able to move pretty fast and it didn't take a full day.
Alpine Loop photos: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0dGIcgc2JKWIKM