Temple Mountain Loop, San Rafael Swell, UT

Temple Mountain Loop, Swasey Cabin, Dutchman Arch and Head of Sindbad Panels, San Rafael Swell, UT

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As I had some time on my way to Moab, I drove the loop trails around Temple Mountain in the San Rafael Swell. Those two trails around Temple Mountain have a 5/8 rating in one of the guide books, but besides some washouts, which needed some careful driving, there was nothing really serious. After I was back on Temple Mountain Road further north, I went through Rods Valley to Swasey Cabin. After a short visit there, I went to the Lone Warrior Panel close by and then to Dutchman Arch on the other side of I70. After leaving Dutchman Arch, I checked out the Head of Sindbad Panels and from there I went to the Temple Mountain exit of I70. This was a fun trip and I had excellent weather. I did not meet anybody all day.

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Tracklog: Temple Mountain Loop, Swasey Cabin, Dutchman Arch and Petroglyphs, San Rafael Swell, UT (135 downloads)

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Christian

Christian

Hi, my name is Christian. Since years, my wife and me are spending our vacation in the southwest of the USA. At the beginning, we had been visiting a lot of national parks, but after some time, we started to explore also areas off pavement. We started with the Coyote Buttes South region and White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs NM. Over years, we explored almost the complete Vermilion Cliffs NM and visited also a lot of other areas in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. Especially the Moab area and the San Rafael Swell are our favorites. But also the Rubicon trail in the High Sierras was very impressing. In 2015, we had been the first time in the Kingman, AZ area. There are a lot of outstanding 4WD trails, like Sleeping Princess or Moss Wash. This type of trails has a high difficulty rating and one should have the right vehicle and good driving skills to tackle this type of trails. As I did not find any good source of information about the trails, we planned to drive at the beginning of our ‘offroad adventures’, I started to create this website. I hope, that it has some use for visitors and gives some kind of information and also inspiration.

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