There’s no better way to disconnect from the day to day aspects with a slight reset than to take an off-road road trip with the family. A couple weeks ago, Jerry with his wife and kids, loaded up his Ford Raptor, dialed in the OnX Offroad app with offline maps and headed out of Huntington Beach, CA for the open road with a very loose game plan.
They headed north on I-15 to Zion National Park in Utah with a mandatory stop at Moapa’s Valley of Fire just outside of Las Vegas for some snacks but more importantly … fireworks! They pulled into Zion that mid-afternoon, checked into the lodge and then headed into the park to check out the trails. They took Zion’s scenic road till it ended and then hiked the riverside trail to the infamous “Narrows”. If you’ve never been to The Narrows let alone Zion National Park, the scenery there is unreal. Jerry and fam spent a few hours exploring that area before sundown and then headed back into town for some local grub and relaxation under the stars.
The next morning, they headed east through Kanab making a few stops along the way and taking dirt vs pavement on their journey to the westside of Lake Powell for lunch. What’s awesome about that area of Lake Powell is you can pull right up to the waters edge and hang out on the sandy beach with your truck. After a quick dip to cool off they were back under way, only after they helped pull a stuck truck in the sand to higher ground. The General Grabber X3’s work really well in all types of terrain and made the tow an easy one.
As they crossed the border into Arizona and headed south through Flagstaff, their next stop was Sedona. Having dirt withdrawals, they left the pavement and did some more off-road exploring as they worked their way south. With Scosche’s new ProClip dash mounts, navigating dirt roads and trails with an iPad and/or iPhone is super easy and keeps them in place and in view. Their final destination for the trip was Grasshopper Point just outside Sedona which has some awesome views, a refreshing swimming hole and cliff jumping into Oak Creek. You could say it’s one of Mother Nature’s many water parks.
As with all trips and adventures, they go by way too fast and spark 1,000 more ideas of what to do the next time around. Having a vehicle like Jerry’s Raptor makes these types of trips far more fun and allows you to go and see things the average person never gets to.
Click HERE to check out Jerry’s Raptor build with all the specs and details on why he built the truck the way he did. Even if you don’t have a Raptor, there’s some solid info that really applies to everyone.