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Posted: 09/19/21 10:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all: has anybody towed a trailer on the Moki Dugway going southbound? That would be the downhill run. Thanks in advance.


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We went uphill have been sent there by an early gps. We were pulling a popup with a 'burb. It was a BIG surprise to us. The road was built for huge Uranium Ore trucks, probably not Terex Titian size in those days but big. They have warning signs up but not prohibitions IIRC. We spent 5 days camped at the top of the cliffs this spring, great spot.


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I'm sure there are videos of the road as well as Google Streetview. It's been a while since I drove it (in a cuteute), but I don't recall anything particularly nasty about it. There are 'switchbacks' but they don't require 3 point turns (at least not for cars). Ultimately you have to judge whether your truck and trailer can handle the grade, some gravel, and the turns.

There was a recent thread about a washout that threatened and closed a bridge on UT 95 between the 261 turn off and Blanding. Google maps traffic says that stretch is closed until Oct 29.

Reviewing streetview, it looks like the topmost hairpin is the tightest, the one labeled as 'view of the valley of the gods'. I imagine a 18 wheeler would require skill, but a competent RV owner can handle it as well as most suburban street or cul de sac turns.

https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/........es/Utah_BENM_Valley-Of_Gods_Brochure.pdf

https://vanlifewanderer.com/2021/06/12/is-moki-dugway-safe/

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Posted: 09/20/21 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take your time and DO IT not steeper than most mountain roads. It is gravel not blacktop and well maintained. As for the washout posted above, this may be the problem.


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TenOC wrote:

... As for the washout posted above, this may be the problem.


Yes, with that stretch of 95 closed, there isn't any other way across the Colorado between Moab and Page.

When I drove the Dugway years ago I used the Halls Crossing ferry. I was hoping to take Burr Trail, but due to recent rains had go around via Capitol Reef (a nice enough drive).

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Maybe in 4-lo. I have driven it and it is pretty steep and all gravel. It is a good road, but I wouldn't tow it myself.


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Posted: 09/21/21 06:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just remember if you need a tow truck you can figure on $1000 and up.

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The washout is on 95, not the dugway. The washout prevents using 95 as a bypass around the dugway.

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