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Aug 21 2020
cw50must
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 Mesa, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 369 AEG
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Since there will be no long vacations for me this year, I've been taking a couple days a month off and trying to check a few things off the list on those days. I figured this would be a good one because I could get a short Jeep ride in and a short hike. My research led me to believe that the route would be an easy drive. It was, but that last mile or so on 9530 still would require high clearance and/4wd. It has a few really good ruts right at the beginning which makes for a nice filter. Pretty rocky that last mile so its slow going. The hiking trail is easy to fine and I was able to find the left turn pretty easily. I was concerned a bit about the "ledge" area, but seeing it in person it was not bad. Reminded me of a section of delicate arch trail, but shorter. The roost was nice. I only hung out there about 20 minutes, but I'm sure many would spend more time there. I had the place to myself, only a few others on their way in as I was on my way out. It was a good time.

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Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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At the intersection of 525C and 9530 is where we parked. Within site of the intersection is the most hazardist part of the road. Its pretty nasty looking and I did not try it.
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Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Light detour from the original planned ruins trip but it worked out. I just assumed folks wouldn't be around but met with a few that were following behind.
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Oct 05 2019
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 Scottsdale
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Jan 28 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Hiking0.82 Miles 227 AEG
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Cute little hike to a very cool hideout. Great views from the window. A great place to seek shelter from storms.
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 Avondale,Az
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Day 3 of our adventure in Sedona.
We started the Robbers Roost trail around 2:30am. We hung out at the roost for a couple hours taking pictures and screwing around. The total trip time was about 3 1/2 hours. We then drove to Fay Canyon. We spend 6 hours exploring the canyon and visiting the Arch.




[ youtube video ] Part 1 Robbers Roost.
[ youtube video ] Part 2 Fay Canyon arch and Canyon Exploration.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Casner - Cabins - Loy - Robbers Loop, AZ 
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Hiking23.35 Miles 4,841 AEG
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Casner Mountain Trail #8
We enjoyed this one five years ago and it held it's value. It is a high rolling road perched over red rock views. If you remotely like Ord via Slate this easier version with world class views will smack you silly.

Buck Ridge Cabin
After a nice walk through pines this was a great find. Most notable is the nearby tank, lake sized compared to most tanks surrounded by a nice forest.

We walked through a lot of pines with wind wisping above. The hike was a therapeutic recharge. In the summer you get hints of coolness. Today we got hints of scorching radiation. Sure was nice to turn the tables on that badboy.

Hidden Cabin
The "Hidden Cabin" sign in front of it gives away the secret. Another nice setting. Minus a few brownie points for lack of fishing pond.

Secret Mountain Trail #109
Only a short walk on this storybook trail over to Loy #5. The trailhead is remote and in pristine condition.

Loy Canyon Trail #5
We are currently hitting recorded temps for a good week. It was pretty toasty where this one opens up heading down. Ignore the tears as the views are just outstanding. Down into the canyon you get shade relief back to square one.

Off Trail Joy Joy
In order to make this loop work we came nauseously close to a few houses. It all appeared to be on the up and up, not one stay out sign. Just be respectful, no weapons or motor vehicles. Step two was getting across some thick brush. It wasn't terrible since the worst part was a couple hundred yards. A mile plus dodging prickly pair was the balance. The day was cooling off with the sun dropping behind a ridge so it was semi enjoyable.

Robbers Roost - Sedona
We approached this backwards. Latching to the top of an old 4wd road for a mine. We headed down and worked in the roost just as the sun melted away. No cars at the makeshift trailhead. Then three college girls leaving, surprised us rounding the corner to the roost =)

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Bruce threw together a shocking winner in ten minutes. With miles of pines up top I could see hitting this in the summer with an early start. Roaming up top more until the heat subsides then drop back into the oven. It would undoubtedly be a water lugging event.
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very isolated, two sprigs of paintbrush were the highlight

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 Far NE Phoenix,
Casner - Cabins - Loy - Robbers Loop, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking23.99 Miles 4,865 AEG
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Needed to get to cooler ground...

I had some unfinished business in this area and reused a couple of past hikes to create a loop.

There were two (Turned out to be 3) cabins up in the pines that I had not seen yet, Plus I'd never been to the Sedona version of the Robbers Roost.

In pre-production, I stumbled on a Ruin while trying to minimize the road walk, so that added one more "Destination".

We started a tad south of the Robbers Roost and saved that for the end of the day.

We bushwhacked over to the Ruins and Class 4'd it to the top. A small but interesting perch.

Next it was up the Multi-use Casner Mountain Trail #8. If you start from FR 525C, it's a 2.8 mile steady climb, 2100' to the top. It's an old road, but you do get some tremendous views of the Red Rock-Secret Mountain and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness areas. There have been some rock slides, but most ORV's can still make it.

The first cabin up was Buck Ridge Cabin. This one actually turned out to be two Cabins. The first, a log cabin built long ago, sadly had taken a direct hit from a fallen tree. The roof had caved in. The 2nd cabin was more recent maybe from the 60's or 70's. It had a well that came into the cabin, with a pump, into the sink. It even had a poured concrete floor.

Just outside was one of the nicest tanks I'd see. All nestled in the pines, it almost looked like a swimin' hole.

We bushwhacked over to the area of the next cabin. We stumbled on some old roads that could have made it a bit easier, but I'd never seen them on the Sat. views.

I expected Hidden Cabin to be..er...um... Hidden. But there it was in view from the FR. The WARNING HANTAVIRUS sign on the front of the building was apropos. The rodents had overrun that cabin.

Secret Mountain Trail #109 to Loy Canyon Trail #5, was our way off the mountain. Always spectacular views here. The upper mile of Loy is sun exposed, but after that you are in the pines and a gentler grade for the remaining 5.5 miles.

The next part I was a bit worried about. I could see some houses on the Sat. view. We approached a few closed gates across the FR, and could see larger signs on them. No motorized traffic, respect others property, etc. so we continued through without incident.

For the next off trail section, I tried to pick stuff on the Sat. view that looked "Less Thick". There were only a couple of catclaw sections that wanted to decorate my legs. Somehow I managed not to kick any of the low growing, grass hidden prickly pear.

Finally with darkness coming, we were on an old mining road and with a stop at the Robbers Roost left. Just as we approached the Roost, 3 college aged young ladies emerged saying how they's just finished a Photo Shoot, complete with costume change?? hmmmm.

Robbers Roost smelled like purfume.... much different that the Robbers Roost in the Superstitions.
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Feb 07 2017
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 Payson, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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We drove up Tuesday to camp at the Roost and hike in the area on Wednesday. I usually avoid Sedona but went with Minkis' suggestion. We road walked about a mile before the Roost trail. I was already enjoying the views. We had the Roost to ourselves. Set up camp and did some exploring above and around the Roost. Clouds would come and go resulting in an ever changing view. We enjoyed sunset and a peaceful night by the fire. Dark clouds rolled by all night but no precipitation came of it. We saw one mule deer and a mouse that was attacking some food Minkis left out. Great little spot to spend a night.
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Dec 31 2016
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 Tempe, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Backpack0.74 Miles 223 AEG
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After the flooded Sycamore Creek prevented us from making it to Taylor Cabin, I insisted we check out the roost. Jackie had been sold on a rainy night in a remote cabin with a warm wood burning stove. The roost doesn't quite live up to that, but is a nice dry spot to spend a rainy night with stellar views. I was hoping for snow to lower elevations, but the clouds put on a show instead. It was no skatchkins Christmas, but not a bad spot to turn over the new year. :)
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Feb 20 2016
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 Mesa, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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skatchkins
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A more sillier trip had to be postponed because of a slew of things and Noel was coming off a 2 week sickness. I thought my heart was broken when the trip got scrapped, but when she found out, she looked like she had needed it even more than me so I quickly checked on an overnight stay in Jerome. I found a nice BnB for Sunday night and let her know (instead of the usual element of surprise) to peak her spirits. She liked and then asked if we could stay in the cave the night before since we'd be close by. How could I say no?

So we got up there and found some people trickling out and then had it to ourselves. I hiked in a bundle of firewood and some games for the evening. All went well.

About 2 or 3 in the morning, Noel nudged me in our zipped together NorthFaces and mumbled there was someone in the cave. I asked her to repeat since I thought she was sleep talking and she mumbled it again. I thought then that she must've heard an animal scrapping about and did a scan with my overbright Chinese special, "Oh pumpkin, I'm sorry," I said when my beam swath hit a guy sitting in the cave with a blanket draped over him. He said no problem and it was what it was so I lied and told Noel it was fine went back to sleep. Maybe 1-2hrs later our visitor tripped on a rock leaving (good, ghosts can't trip), and apologized and left the cave. He had no light and we never saw him hike away so there's that. He didn't even watch the sunrise (or hit a drum for 2hrs) so that was weird. We talked to some mountain bikers the next day who were camped on the road in. A vehicle never passed them but they thought they head footsteps in the middle of the night and they had chalked it up to possibly deer. I guess it's not as odd as the other stories from there, like drum guy, the give LSD to kids so they can see their shakras early and know the truth about Abraham Lincoln and Mary still being alive with the aliens-guy, or the secret gold tree.

Morning came and we practice the LNT rule of making the cave smell like maple bacon and then packed up. We picked a good time as we saw some people driving in to give the cave a lookie-loo. We hiked up the road a bit to see some mine remnants and then drove over to Jerome where we did a lot more hiking. Was a great weekend even though the intended shenanigans got held up.
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May 13 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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Barrett
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
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My Taco left the pavement, leaving Boynton Pass Road and the trailheads for Fay Canyon and Bear Mountain behind.
FR 152C showed signs of recent heavy rains for 2 miles before I hit FR 525, where I turned left and headed south for 2.8 miles. When I got to FR 525C, I turned right again, and headed NW for 6.6. FR 9530 soon arrived, and I turned right onto the less maintained road. It's only 1.1 miles to Robbers Roost trailhead, but much slower going. High clearance but no 4WD needed.
Rounding the bend and seeing the Roost for the first time put a big grin on my face I had a hard time losing. An amazing piece of natural architecture lightly enhanced but not ruined by generations of people. :)
I carried two loads in to be extra comfortable that night, and then spent some time exploring the top of the rock, finding some cool geology there as well.
Evening arrived soon, a few Oak Creek Canyon Amber Ale's were enjoyed along with the view, and the LED's came out when it got dark. 8)
Having had enough fun for one day, I retired, laying on my pool float with a sleeping bag but no tent. I've done this dozens of times in the back of my truck, but never on the ground where the creepy crawlies hang out. I tried to not think about it, but it went something like this -
Aah...9:30...nighty night...what an awesome day...that's some fine beer...so tired...what a wild place to sleep...man, am I comfortable...still awake...turn to my side...10:32...turn to the other side...turn back to my back...fe fe fe fe...what was that?...something is flying back in forth right over my face...flashlight...bat...turn to my side...something just moved by my gear...grab both the regular and blacklight flashlights...nothing that I can see...wide awake now...12:17...something just flashed...am I dreaming?...another flash...rumble...aah, lightning...it starts to rain...this is awesome to be in a cave in the rain...so tired...the waterfall in front of the cave is actually pretty loud...put in my earplugs...2:41...wind picks up...so comfy...still awake...I hear birds...is that a glow in the east?...4:11...I think I slept for a few hours there, but I can't be sure. First real bivy. Exciting, but I'm not sure I could get used to it. I like excitement, but I also like sleeping when it's time to sleep. :zzz:
Had breakfast, serenaded by the morning calls of birds over the plain below and the smell of creosote and petrichor. Went for another stroll and checked out the western alcoves, something that would be exceptional anywhere else. But once you've seen the Roost, everything else kind of pales. ;)
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Jan 11 2014
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 Mesa, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
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skatchkins
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We kept trying to do this at Christmas but family and the sniffles kept it from going down. Thursday we had both had enough of work so we planned Friday to bolt. Unfortunately we weren't the only ones with the idea and we rolled up to the trailhead at 8:30pm as someone else was. There's plenty of room in there so the 2 of 2 of us spread out but shared a great fire. Noel and I turned in just after the invite to a full moon naked all you can eat drug party but before the meeting aliens and still alive Mary Magdalene talk. Don't worry, there was plenty discussion in between to keep us entertained.

In the morning as they were leaving, frustrated at the company Noel asked why couldn't we just stay the next night too. There was no reason we couldn't. I asked to buy a couple dry meals off our new friend and he insisted on giving them freely, then I went up on top of the hill to collect more water for us. Done and done.

We spent the rest of the day off trail hiking out towards Mooney Trail. After some bushwacking we made it to the old cabin and had lunch. On the way back we remet the 8 deer we had seen in the morning.
( 4.5mi offtrail route: http://hikearizona.com/map.php?MY=5819&M=6 )

We had the evening and night and morning to ourselves. I even carried her guitar out for great cave music. T'was a great trip.
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 Mesa, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
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Out to the cave and back.
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Oct 14 2012
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It's a short hike after a long drive but it was worth it!
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Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
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 Mesa, AZ
Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
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skatchkins
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So I had a crazy idea come to me...
What if I told a few select people a time and date, and told them only to bring pajama pants, a sleeping bag, flashlight, backpack full of snacks and drinks, and board/card games of their choice and told them not to expect to be back until noon the next day keeping the destination a secret from all but a couple people. I selected 3 other drivers who had trucks and only told them to have their gas tank full just in case.

I billed the event as The Pajama Gam Scram (or The Private Plaid Pajama Puzzle Peregrination), basically a secret society of underground pajama pants gaming aficionados that goes out to unconventional locales around town and further to throw down cards and game pieces.

The on board trusting committers arrived at my house at 7:30 and once all were assembled we left heading North. 2hrs later we arrived in the dark to our destination and they followed me with their lights and gear around the glowing moonlit hill.

When we arrived, we laid a huge tarp down, opened up all the sleeping bags and extra blankets and made a large communal area. Lanterns were lit and then the games and drinks broke out and the people spread out and were quiet no more.

It was a crazy night. I figured everyone would wind down after playing for a couple hours but somehow the gaming lasted until 4:45 that morning. We played everything from Cranium, several card games, Telephone Pictionary, and a hyper loony ruled Catchphrase game. I awoke after only an hour of sleep later to find almost everyone already up discovering their surroundings with awe and anticipating the sunrise. It didn't disappoint either and after watching it to its full potential, Steve and I hiked back to the trucks to grab the last stowed away surprise: stoves, eggs, and bacon.

It couldn't have worked out better (except my sis and her husb had something come up last minute and missed it) and people are already asking if there are ideas for the next one. And of course, maybe I already have some, I'll just have to find a bigger space.

*I'm pretty sure the good people of Camp Verde Starbucks now think pajama-roll-ups are a new trend down in the valley.
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Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
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Summed up, my Christmas had a distinct Christmas story-like feel to it. I slept in a cave Christmas eve where the carols sounded eerily awesome sung under the stars; I was visited in the morning by a traveler with incense and a drum; My Nissan donkey broke down on the way home and while waiting for friends' help, I hiked out and happened upon a cool old barn; Oh and I pooped under a bridge. I forget what Bible book that last part's in but I'm sure it probably happened.

The family wasn't meeting up until late on Christmas day, so after Candlelight service on Saturday, I drove up north to camp. I got to the Roost around 10:00pm and discovered I had forgotten my headlamp. I had my little battery lantern though so I hiked around the hill anyway.

It really wasn't too cold up there. I set up camp and then amused myself with the camera until bedtime.

I woke in the morning, shot at the sun, and then picked a spot to sit and just watch and be.

So you should know that if you're in Sedona and a guy shows up with a small hay bale sized bundle of incense and a drum and says, "I hate to disturb your peace, this won't take long," he's going to play that drum in a smoke fog for no less than three hours. The drummer boy Christmas story and wisemen gift relation seemed sweet and fitting for the first twenty minutes, and then for the time I stayed after, all I could think about was everyone in the manger, even 8 pounds 6oz tiny baby Jesus getting up and beating the living hell out of that little drummer kid.

I packed it up eventually to the rhythm and once back at the vehicle explored around on the map. I decided I'd hike out to the ruins on one of the hills nearby so I drove towards them and, crossed the creek and climbed up to them. I hung out there for a while, then returned again to vehicle. Just as I was about to pull away my drummer guy showed up behind my vehicle waving. Turns out his battery had died back at the trailhead so we went back and got him going again.

On my way home, just after getting up the Camp Verde hill my water pump went kaput. I called some friends with a trailer and then decided since I had plenty of time to kill I might as well hike out to see what was around. I found a the old dilapidated barn I'd seen from the highway a few times before and some other old stuff.

Eventually the friends showed up, and we drove back without incident to Phoenix.
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Robbers Roost - Sedona
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Apr 30 2011
sventre
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Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2011
sventre
Hiking0.60 Miles 80 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles
80 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Finding the 4WD route to the TH in the dark was a bit of a problem since some of the "directions" I received were out-of-date. On the way out met a fellow who had spent the previous day trying to find the TH and was into his second day of attempts. At least I had a mental image of that for which I was looking since I had examined the Google Earth and Bing satellite photos earlier (as of this writing the Bing images happen to be far superior, at least on this one occasion). The hike is short but somehow I managed to go off trail in the pre-dawn and wound up scaling to the top of the hill. This is definitely a place from which to watch the sunrise. The GPS route posted herewith is the return route, but once you find the TH it is probably not necessary.
Quite an interesting location with a questionable history. After "playing" around with the camera after sunrise I was off to the Dogie Trail and the descent into Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.
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Sep 27 2010
jaboneagar
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Robbers Roost - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2010
jaboneagar
Hiking0.60 Miles 110 AEG
Hiking0.60 Miles   1 Hour      0.60 mph
110 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Really cool place to explore. Road to it was fine in my Dodge Ram 1500 and I left it in 2 wheel the endire time. Just a little rocky and took it slow! Trail to the roost is not bad but the sandstone hill side was a bit sketchy for our 5 year old. Great views from up there!
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