I finally got the opportunity to make a run down to Parker to do some wheeling last weekend. The High Country Renegades group had it all dialed in.
Sweet camping / RV'ing spot in a campground right on the river. Plenty of space to park the trailers, tow rigs, crawlers, RVs, and still lots of green grass to pitch a tent - even some shade trees. Camping weather was great for sleeping, and it didn't get too hot during the day. Temps got into the mid 90's, so in the canyons without any breeze blowing it got warm. Full bloom of wildflowers was pretty amazing, and kept Mel taking pictures. Campground had shitters with running water (not stinky vault toilets). Hell, we even had a hot shower every night, and a place to buy ice right there to keep the beer cold.
Melanie tagged along, and she actually had a great time. Just enough facilities and convenience to get her back out on some trails and in the tent without any grumbling at all, which was fabulous!
With a great selection of trails to run within a few miles of camp, this is probably the sweetest setup for camping and wheeling I've ever enjoyed. Not as remote and beautiful camping as some places like Colorado and Moab, but its still nice and just so damned convenient and wife/GF friendly. So no grumpy
I will be going back on future trips for sure.
With a dozen Jeeps and 2 Yotas we ran 6 trails in 2 days and a few hours on the morning of day 3, and we made it back to camp with plenty of time for BBQ'in and brews. I'd miss the remote wilderness feeling of camping off the beaten-path if every trip was like this, but after dragging Mel out to KOH for a week, she was smiling all weekend in Parker!
The trail list was as follows:
Truman's Last Stand
Personal faves for me were the Duchess and True Grit (gotta get back and run that one in the other direction), but had fun on all of 'em! I posted up a whole gallery of over 300 pics on FB here...
Carnage was kept to a minimum. A few tires gave up the ghost, and a Jeep drivetrain component let go when it got bound up and tried to climb out in reverse, but aside from that it was just a bit of creased sheet metal here and there. Zilla didn't break anything, but the dried-out Creepy Crawlers chunked out a bit and didn't always bite like they could if they were fresher/softer. I came down on the driver's side slider hard enough to bend it up so the door rubs across it opening/closing. Had fun using exo tubes all over the rig as rock sliders all weekend.
Anyway, here's a few random sample pics...