Thursday, September 24, 2015

Levi Wells Road and Club Run to Rainbow Terrace

Portal RV Resort
Moab, UT
September 7, 11, and 12, 2015

In an effort to catch up on posting, I have to go all the way back to September 7. With nothing to do, we (Dee, Joe and I) decided to go check out Levi Wells Road...remember the flash flood (click here) that left us stranded? It was pretty cool to see how deep the wash was. We didn't linger though...we both have open jeeps this time of year and the bugs were horrible! 

Just imagine this wash full of running water.

A few days later, we went in search for an alternate route (in the same area that Dee was hoping would connect to Rainbow Terrace) called DS Road. Pearl had a new windshield installed that required a 12 hour wait before going on trail so Joe drove Dee's jeep, Roxanne. The lighting was beautiful. I do believe the late day into early evening runs are my favorite! We didn't find DS Road...a rutted trail used by Butch Cassidy back in the day when he traveled from Colorado to Utah, but it was fun exploring.

The very next morning, we had a club run. Dee had put Rainbow Terrace on the calendar. A great group of folks showed up...I think about 9 to 11 vehicles in all.

We all parked and hiked down a draw to explore. 

Aside from the wonderful company, there were two highlights for me. The first was a hike in a draw to explore an outcropping of manganese. 

The black/brown/purple color against the red sure had a pop.

Many of the tubes were hollow.

For my second highlight of the day, we enjoyed lunch at Secret Spire. We have ridden past the spire several times, but never stopped. It's a strange tower of Navajo Sandstone standing alone on a dome-like base. 

Dee led the way.

There is a parking lot and a short trail leading up to the dome. The spire provided us shade for a lunch break.

In a way, this post signifies the beginning of our new "normal" without our dear companion Wrecks.  With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for all the kind and comforting comments we have received.  

Until next time, let the good times roll...



  1. We just arrived in Utah (Vernal) and it is so nice to be in back in this weird and wonderful landscape! I sure do enjoy your shots from the Jeep rides, you're taking me to places I just might not get to on foot!

  2. You are still having too much fun there exploring.
    Nice to see you again.

  3. Another great time Jeeping amongst the red rock. By photographing secret spire with people, it really gives an idea of scale. Beautiful photos of unique Utah country.

  4. Okay, I need to know where the magnesium is? Can we get there without a tricked out Jeep? Is it on a hiking route? Then, I need to see the Secret Spire. Can I hike there? These are two very cool features:) Hope you, Joe, and the Tan clan are doing all right with out your friend:)

    1. Your jeep will do just's an easy trail to both Pam. Maybe we can go together this spring.

  5. Catch up on reading blogs is what I'm trying to do. One little trip and I'm so far behind.