[Frequent southwest travelers (grew up in desert climes), we often wander on BLM roads on trips out west to get off the beaten path - While not 'rock crawlers' (lightweight day hikers) we venture pretty far and wide (and very safely) using ordinary mid-size AWD SUVs (think Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, etc... usually deliberately rented - spare me any 'don't use rentals' sermon - we're grownups and avoid stupid stuff - easy to turn around if the road looks even remotely questionable - have done so many times - endeth caveats]
- Once again, I've been 'lured'... into the map (other wanderlust addled may have experienced the same). I'm intrigued by 'Temple Mountain Road' - This seems that it might be a decent non-paved backroad sojourn alternative from Goblin Valley to I-70 Exit 131 (instead of Rte. 24), no?
- This would also allow us to enjoy the west to east passage through the canyon and cockscomb formations along I-70 (Route 24 route would require a significant double-back detour to see this)... then on to Moab. (Needless to say - I found that we have a little time that day).
But I can't seem to find ANY info, notes, travel trip reports, anything really about this road online so far. So once again, I ask my peeps...
Any of you Utah backroad gurus got any thoughts? Bad road? Too much, too deep, too sandy? Is the Temple Mt. Road route ugly? Not worth the time? Easier (or nicer) to simply motor up Rt 24?
Any/all thoughts, ideas, insights appreciated. Thanks all for reading and replies. (Many I love trip advisor and all you other crazy outdoor & travel junkies.) Cheers! Bob W. Bristol RI, US