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Adventure / January 24, 2018

Photo essay: Moab by trailer

Written by: Eric Hockman

When my wife and I travel to the desert, it’s usually not a luxury experience. We typically wake up surrounded by thin mesh walls and waterproof nylon material, tucked into a tandem down sleeping bag and laying our three and a half-inch thick ground pads. In short, we rough it. 

But on our most recent trip to Moab, Utah, we tried something different. We rented a tow-behind teardrop trailer from the folks at Red Rock Base Camps, specially-designed for glamping and stuffed to the gills with creature comforts.

It was better. Way better.

Renting a trailer saved us a lot of time on preparation. Red Rock Base Camps delivered the trailer to our chosen site, so we didn’t even need to tow the thing. All we had to do was show up with our groceries, clothing, and outdoor adventure gear. Then we just settled in and relaxed.

The trailer itself was outfitted with pretty much everything we needed. A kitchen area in the back contained everything we needed to cook fresh camp meals: a gas stove, a camp sink, and all the necessary pots and pans. An included YETI cooler had enough room to store all the food for our weekend trip.

Most of the trailer’s interior was taken up by a surprisingly comfortable queen-sized bed, which came fitted with sheets, pillows, and a comforter. Above this was enough cabinetry to store all of the clothes we’d packed, and our toiletries.

The trailer was lit by LED lights, and equipped with device charging ports and a powerful cooling fan. These were powered by pre-deployed solar panels.

The trailer also came with a few fold-out camp chairs, some rugs, and two headlamps. This allowed us to set up a sort of makeshift porch outside our trailer—an extendable awning sheltered this area from the sun during midday.

Though we didn’t take this option, some of the Red Rock’s trailers are also fitted with a two-person rooftop tent. This allows the system to sleep four people, and those folks in the tent have the comfort of sleeping on a man-made platform instead of the uneven and rocky ground.


Why Moab?

Located in the Southeastern corner of Utah, Moab is a mecca for a vast selection of outdoor activities. Ranging from rock climbing to rafting, world class mountain biking to hiking, camping, off roading, and taking in the iconic desert landscape we’ve all seen on postcards or in travel magazines, there truly is something for everyone.

There are lodging options in town, of course, and camping is plentiful on the public land. But we found the trailer struck a happy medium. We slept comfortably, and the views from camp throughout the day helped us slow down, enjoy our morning coffee, and take in the drastic crimson rich landscape.


Where to go

The outdoor activities in Moab are truly endless. Nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks offer life list hiking, and dense selections of rock climbing are available along Potash Road and the scenic Highway 128.

The area is famous for its mountain biking—experts can enjoy classics like The Whole Enchilada or Magnificent 7, but the area also offers plenty for MTB beginners.

In town, check out the Moab Brewery for a pint and hearty meal, Miguel’s Baja Grill for a marg and delicious Mexican food, and the Love Muffin Cafe for a good java buzz and hot breakfast to start the day. 


When to go

Peak season in Moab is shoulder season. To avoid the summer heat, the town is at its most crowded from March-May and August-October.

Those months have the friendliest weather, but trail access is best in mid-summer. Just be prepared to sweat.

For rates and details about Red Rock Base Camps, check out the company’s website.

Do you have any questions or comments about this piece? Email them to [email protected]

about the author

Eric Hockman

From epic backcountry journeys on the mountain bike to splitboarding tours through snow-covered peaks, Eric constantly craves what’s just around the bend. A professional ski tuner and cycling mechanic by trade, he now works for a local cycling company in Golden, where he takes off on the weekends and maxes out his vacation schedule, seeking adventures around the mountains of Colorado and other regions of the country.

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