2020 Southwest Rocklander Adventure

The southwest has so many varied terrains, stunning vistas and many trails that would take weeks and even months to explore. We will be condensing this into a 6-day adventure that will check off some of the major spots and give a glimpse of the beauty that awaits just outside California. We’ll start with camping in Sedona, AZ and after a quick run through local trails, we’ll depart towards Ouray, CO. While in Colorado, we’ll run the scenic Alpine Loop, tackle Black Bear Pass and enjoy some fine craft breweries along the way. From Telluride, we’ll make our way west to Moab where we’ll spend a whole day on trails, taking on some of the more iconic trails and possibly working up the courage for something a little more difficult. By the end of our day in Moab, we’ll have had our fill of trails and views, as one can only take so much in, and the last day will be a travel day back to San Diego from Moab.

Pre-Adventure

The Pre-Adventure will start at Grapevine Canyon near Santa Ysabel and take us across the California desert before we cross into Arizona. We will then take a portion of the Arizona Peace Trail and cut over to Wickenburg Mountains and trail up to Crown King before heading to Sedona to meet the rest of the adventurers.

Day 1

San Diego, CA to Western AZ
Tue
09/08
Overview
  • 124 mi dirt / 123 mi pavement
  • 8 hours drive time
  • Camp on Colorado River @ Ehrenberg

Day 2

Western AZ to Central AZ
Wed
09/09
Overview
  • 122 mi dirt
  • 8 hours drive time
  • Camp at Alamo Lake, AZ

Day 3

Central AZ to Sedona, AZ
Thu
09/10
Overview
  • 101 mi dirt / 83mi pavement
  • 9 hours drive time
  • Camp at Schnebly Hill Overlook

Scheduled Adventure

We will be hitting many major trails in various regions. In Sedona, we will take on Schnebly Hill Road and Broken Arrow. Once in Colorado, we will take the Alpine Loop (Cinnamon Pass, Engineer Pass) then cross over to Black Bear Pass. From Telluride area we will take the Rim Rocker Trail to Moab. In Moab, we will plan to take on Fins n Things, Hells Revenge and maybe Poison Spyder. From Moab, we will head south to St. George and camp lake-side at Sand Hollow OHV park with a chance to wheel around before heading home.

Day 1

San Diego, CA to Sedona, AZ
Thu
09/10
Overview
  • 465 mi pavement/5 mi dirt
  • 8 hours drive time
  • Camp in Sedona, AZ at Schnebly Hill

Day 2

Sedona, AZ to Silverton, CO
Fri
09/11
Overview
  • 10 mi dirt/390 mi pavement
  • 7 hours drive time
  • Camp in Silverton, CO along Mineral Creek

Day 3

Silverton, CO to Telluride, CO
Sat
09/12
Overview
  • 72 mi dirt/15 mi pavement
  • 8 hours drive time
  • Camp near Telluride, CO at Alta Lake

Day 4

Telluride, CO to Moab, UT
Sun
09/13
Overview
  • 10 mi pavement/150 mi dirt
  • 8 hours drive time
  • Camp in Moab, UT

Day 5

Moab, UT to St. George, UT
Mon
09/14
Overview
  • 32mi dirt/340 mi pavement
  • 5 hours drive time
  • Camp in Hurricane, UT at Sand Hollow

Day 6

St. George, UT to San Diego, CA
Tue
09/15
Overview
  • 403 mi pavement
  • 7 hours drive time
  • Arrive at Pala Mesa Rally Point

Post-Adventure (Tentative)

The Post-Adventure will take us back up to Salt Lake City where we will catch the historic Pony Express Trail, a 500 mile stretch that will take us to Lake Tahoe. Very limited services along the way or slightly off-trail.

Day 6

St. George, UT to West UT
Tue
09/15
Overview
  • 306 mi pavement/200 mi dirt
  • 8 hours drive time
  • Camp on Pony Express Trail

Day 7

West UT to Lake Tahoe, CA
Wed
09/16
Overview
  • 300 mi dirt
  • 8 hours drive time
  • Camp near Lake Tahoe, CA

Day 8

Lake Tahoe, CA to San Diego, CA
Thu
09/17
Overview
  • 529 mi pavement
  • 9 hours drive time
  • Arrive at home