Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo NM

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Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo NM

Postby Admin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:13 am

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Re: Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo

Postby mrgskier » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:25 am

Marc:

Very nice! I really enjoyed the video, but was disappointed you did not make it into Monument Valley. I guess I will have to go see for myself!
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Re: Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo

Postby Admin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:27 am

mrgskier wrote:Marc:

Very nice! I really enjoyed the video, but was disappointed you did not make it into Monument Valley. I guess I will have to go see for myself!


Thanks!

I was speaking with Tcope about this over dinner last night. Apparently, the loop road through the Tribal Park is just that -- a loop road -- so he believed that they're unjustified in prohibiting trailers in there. The tribal ranger at the entrance said that the restriction was due to switchbacks and drop-offs, which Tcope denies exist. And that ranger should've seen me drive the trailer down the Moki Dugway! :wink:
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Re: Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo

Postby Marc_C » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:01 pm

Admin wrote:I was speaking with Tcope about this over dinner last night. Apparently, the loop road through the Tribal Park is just that -- a loop road -- so he believed that they're unjustified in prohibiting trailers in there. The tribal ranger at the entrance said that the restriction was due to switchbacks and drop-offs, which Tcope denies exist. And that ranger should've seen me drive the trailer down the Moki Dugway! :wink:

Consider that the road is about 13 miles long and takes 2-3 hrs. Yes, there are some switchbacks - not as steep as the Dugway, but tight for a long vehicle. The "dropoffs" are not what you've come to know in the Moab area - they're more in the tens of feet rather than hundreds, but enough, coupled with narrow spots, where the wheel of a trailer can go off the road and become an epic extraction.
I wouldn't want a trailer on that road - certainly not one the size you have.
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Re: Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:06 pm

In Monument Valley April 2011 with road in foreground:
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Richard in my then new car in pull out area for parking:
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Re: Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo

Postby Admin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:03 pm

If those photos are any indication, their rationale for prohibiting trailers is ridiculous.
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Re: Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo

Postby Marc_C » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:45 pm

Admin wrote:If those photos are any indication, their rationale for prohibiting trailers is ridiculous.

When we were there we encountered a car of similar class to Tony's - it was mired up to its axles in deep sand. On the road.
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Re: Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:02 pm

I got some instruction on driving that car in the sand from admin a year later at Lake Powell.

I do not recall much sand in Monument Valley, though I'm sure you could catch the aftermath of an unlucky windstorm.
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Re: Video TR: Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo

Postby Marc_C » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:47 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:I do not recall much sand in Monument Valley, though I'm sure you could catch the aftermath of an unlucky windstorm.

Road conditions in MV can vary drastically depending on recent weather.
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