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Teapot Rock to Chimney Rock, UT
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Teapot Rock to Chimney Rock, UT 
Teapot Rock to Chimney Rock, UT
 
4x4 Trip avatar May 18 2016
CannondaleKid
4x4 Trip13.80 Miles 1,048 AEG
4x4 Trip13.80 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   4.76 mph
1,048 ft AEG
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Today we will drive from our Teapot Rock campsite in the Orange Cliffs Unit of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to our Chimney Rock campsite in The Maze area of Canyonlands NP.

Even though it definitely was a challenging area, it took us only 20 minutes to travel what the VW had done in almost 3 hours. Shortly past the rough area we met a Jeep coming out and the first thing we asked was if they had seen the VW van. The driver answered, 'Yup, we just got them going. Their starter is broken so we got them started but they won't be going any farther.'

A half-mile farther and we came upon the van... sitting next to the road with its engine running. (Which meant they had camped illegally along the road.) Not only did a starter problem stop them, but the hill they were at the top of was a definite no-go for the van. Even if they somehow could have gotten down, there is no way the could have driven back up.

So... since they had to leave the engine running, and at their rate of travel it may be 8-10 hours before they reached a gas station, we kind of expected them to be packing up and heading back out ASAP. But oh no... the 50-ish husband was carrying tea & crumpets on a platter over to his wife while his daughter (18-20-ish girl) was nonchalantly taking photos with tripod and what appeared to be expensive camera gear. We believe there was a younger boy but he was inside the van as we passed by.

They did not say a word or even acknowledge us passing by so we continued on. (A few days later when rangers visited our campsite we found out the folks in the van had gotten out of the park somehow on their own, but since the park service knows who they are they will not be getting any more permits any time soon.)

Even though we were able to hit 25-30 mph on a very few spots, our 4.75 mph overall average attests to the difficulty of driving through this area. We met quite a few Jeeps from one group coming out... it appeared to me more than half we driving rental Jeeps with highway-tread tires. No wonder some of them had ashen looks on their faces when they passed by.

Although we were running 800-900 pounds heavier than I'd ever had the Cherokee loaded and with the winch sticking out up front and the metal basket out the rear, we only scraped lightly on two occasions.

Chimney Rock definitely had awesome views all around, which was nice because we'd stay here for three nights.

While I have video from inside the Jeep for almost the whole trip, unfortunately we didn't think of shooting video from OUTSIDE until driving back out three days later.
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Teapot Rock Four-Wheeling
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