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AxleIke 03-25-2008 11:47 PM

Black Dragon/Goblin Valley.
Went with my family out to UT for a few days.

Weather was beautiful, 50's on Sat and sun, but completely clear, 70's on Mon and Tues.

I managed pretty well on my gimpy leg. Well enough I suppose. I got about 6 miles total hiking in with a knee brace and one crutch.

Stats for the trip:

105 miles of unpaved, dirty goodness.

Lots of rubber left on the rocks, and several 60mph baja moments. Made me long for long travel.

Anyway, onto the good stuff.

Me and youngest bro:


First up was Black Dragon Canyon. This canyon starts out pretty mildly, up to the sweet pictographs.



But quickly gets rougher.


Not too many pics as we were losing light, and had to get up to set up camp.

Campspot hunting:


The next day was a pretty slow drive up to jackass benches. This is where the crawler shined. I was able to get back my stock low range, which was perfect for this road.

Anyway, the benches were appropriately named:


Those are wild donkeys sitting next to the road. We saw a whole herd of them, but the picture didn't come out, as they were far away.

Views from the hike out to Swaesy's leap:



The next day, we packed up, and headed out for Goblin valley via the back roads.

First was exiting Black Dragon the way we came in:


Crawler in action. If you listen, you can tell that the engine is running at 2500 rpm's. Yeah. Slow.


Next up was some high 4, baja style running.



Getting into the goblin valley area.

Red dirt:


Beautiful country:


Hiking down into Chute Canyon:




Weird tree


More of the canyon:



Gimp stopping point. Not going down that with the bum knee.


Baja to Rock Crawl. I love it. Unfortunately, no shots from the other cameras, as my family stayed out there, I came back because I had to get back to work. So, I don't have their pics yet.

Anyway, two lockers and 206:1 can be fun, but also bad.




Made it, but left behind plenty of rubber and paint. Thank goodness I got those babies retubed:


More fun fast driving


Just a great view I had to stop and look at:


End of the trip:


And, the best reason for having a 4 cyl truck. I filled up in green river utah. I drove 330 miles, back to golden. No stops. That is corrected using the 3% difference in gears and tire sizes that I have.

Here is my gas guage, which works perfectly:


25 miles per gallon. I love it.

It was a blast, truck drove great. I'm tired, dirty, and happy. Good trip.

Uncle Ben 03-26-2008 07:41 AM

Very cool pix Isaac! Gimp on!

Red_Chili 03-26-2008 08:00 AM

Wow, I never got 25mpg in the Chili even with a 4-popper.

Must be the slick aerodynamic design. :lmao:

GREAT trip report!

DaveInDenver 03-26-2008 08:46 AM

Cool trip. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Pretty cool around there, eh? I haven't driven up there, but did ride the bike up through Black Dragon Wash. BTW, those pictographs at the start of the trail were done by the Fremont Indians. Goblin Valley is so weird, too.

AxleIke 03-26-2008 09:07 AM


Dave, awesome to know about the pictographs. That was one thing we couldn't figure out. Shame they are not protected. One of them had a few bullet holes in it. Made me sad.

Goblin valley was a little crowded. We were far enough back to only see one group of hikers, but it took a while to get in there.


The key is 55-65 the whole way. Thing just sips the gas.

Red_Chili 03-26-2008 09:22 AM

I tried.
I guess a SAS and 35x12.50s with a lift and roof rack sucked it down.
I get 17mpg if I keep a light foot these days. Sans roof rack.

Regards protecting the pictographs, I agree to a point - though in the NP, we had a ranger drive up to us Baja style and jump out of the truck to make sure we had not approached an overhang that had pictographs. We had, and we did not tell her we had, and there was no signage saying you shouldn't, and we did not touch anything, just look - but her solution to protecting it was to make sure no one ever saw it.

That dog don't hunt.

RockRunner 03-26-2008 02:45 PM

Great pics looks like a blast.

25 MPG in my dreams, I am like Chili around 16-18 MPG. In a BN 4Runner I never got 25 mpg but then again I never tried.

Keep using the knee if that is what is wrong. Push it till it starts to hurt nearly and then ice and rest. Best advice I ever gave myself ;-)

Jacket 03-26-2008 05:12 PM

Nice way to break in your new crawler. Great pics!

Oh yea - nice asses too!

corsair23 03-26-2008 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by AxleIke (Post 67730)
25 miles per gallon. I love it.

Bastid :mad: :lmao:

Nice pics :thumb:

AxleIke 03-26-2008 06:34 PM

Funny part is, pulling into the gas station, I was almost laughing out loud while thinking about taking that picture, thinking how funny it would be to put it up for the cruiser guys.

Good times.

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