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Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails 3rd Edition Spiral-bound – February 1, 2016
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- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Spiral-bound : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 193483825X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1934838259
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Funtreks Inc; Third Edition (February 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What makes them so good? Well, you start off with a map of the region showing where all the trails are (color coded by difficulty). Then, there is a detailed page for every trail. All the trails are extremely well documented. They include difficulty ratings (as shown on the cover) for every trail. And more importantly, the difficulty ratings are accurate. It also shows what kind of vehicles the trail is good for from SUV type vehicles, to jeeps, to side-by-sides, to ATVs, and even dirt bikes. I found that my unmodified Jeep Hard Rock could handle all the moderate and a few of the difficult trails -- exactly what I would expect.
Every trail also includes photos showing the most interesting points on the trail, a detailed overview, a map of the trail and where it connects to other trails (and other landmarks), and a trail rating. All of this together would make a 5 star book. But this book doesn't stop there... It also has a step by step mileage log. This log tells you where to zero your trip odometer, then lays out a step by step log of every landmark or turn on the trail. For instance, the book will say at odometer reading of 11.4 miles, keep left (AND give GPS coordinates as well). This is invaluable for keeping on poorly defined or marked trails.
Plus, it lists all the difficult parts of the trail as well as routes to avoid them if available. This means that you can try out a harder trail than you might have because this book will tell you if the obstacle can be avoided if, like in my case, you don't quite have the clearance for that obstacle. This is critical because many times there is no way around the obstacle, and turning around is just not possible. With this book, it will greatly reduce the likelihood that you get into a situation you can't get out of.
I just can't say enough good things about this book. It has taken a hobby that was semi-enjoyable to me, to something that I absolutely love doing! I've bought all of his trail books (the FunTreks series) and I recommend them all.
Helpful suggestions for later additions - I would prefer more pictures of obstacles and corresponding odometer readings than pictures of the author's rides in front of famous obstacles. More detail would be helpful and perhaps reverse odometer descriptions. It was a little awkward doing the math while bouncing along a trail in the reverse direction. The heavy duty spiral bound format is nice, but it would have been easier to fold the cover back on itself. Another suggestion would be to have the pages tabbed like a cookbook. I had Post-its marking pages, but it would have been nice to quickly find tangental or adjacent trails (especially with a line of other Jeeps breathing down your back).
Overall it was very helpful and everyone uses them - it could just use a few more tweaks.
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Even if you are an experienced off-roader, there will be something in here for you.
A great read too, not technical or bludgeoning with insider talk. Instead. Instead, easy follow sections, which are bright and colourful, and packed with essential details.
There is confidence too, in knowing that the writer has travelled these trails, several times over, and is not reciting heresay and campsite tales.