1) What should a tour guest bring along?
The following items are what we suggest you bring along:
- Have a flexible time commitment. This is just part of the experience because we are never 100% entirely sure when we will return.
- Hiking shoes. Where we’re going you will definitely need them.
- A large brimmed hat, and an SPF treated one is always a good idea.
- Wear comfortable outdoor clothing with layering in mind.
- If going along on an evening or sunset tour bring a light jacket.
- Your camera gear.
- For those of you who wear contact lenses we suggest bringing along your eyeglasses too as it is often dusty and windy out on the tour.
2) What does Moab Jeep Tours provide bring along?
- Bottled water, flavored sparkling water, ice coffee, and other interesting and healthy beverages.
- An expedition quality ice chest with ice. You can put your picnic lunch and other foods you want chilled inside this cooler.
- A large assortment of non-perishable snacks.
- A first aid kit. Though please keep in mind that we are not paramedics, emergency medical technicians, doctors, nurses, nor any other medically trained persons. In the event of medical emergency we do what every concerned citizen can do and that is call for professional help.
- Radio equipment for emergency communications, including three CB radios (one mobile and two handheld), four HAM radios (two mobile and two handheld), an Inmarsat IsatPhone-2 Satellite Phone, and two Verizon network cellular smartphones.
- A full compliment of tools for most repairs in the event of a mechanical issue.
- Folding camp chairs for extended tours.
- Portable toilet, plastic sacks, and composting additives.
- Garbage sacks to carry out all the things we carried in.
Here’s an example of the cold drinks and snacks we bring along to share for an all day tour.
3) Does the guest drive the Jeep?
These tours are guided trips with a highly skilled driver who knows the vehicle, the capability of the vehicle, is insured to drive the vehicle, and has the driving skills not to hurt anyone, nor damage the vehicle and the surrounding natural environments. Please keep in mind that our Jeeps are so highly customized that their investment is at least $100,000 and if you were to drive one and in the unfortunate event that you damaged it, you would be responsible for the cost of recovery and repairs associated with such – just like if it was your own Jeep. Because not everyone want’s this type of liability, and because we don’t want anyone to get hurt, we have the expert local driver do the driving.
Though there is a compromise, and if you really want to drive a Jeep with us on these trails, then you can rent one from several Jeep rental companies in town with varying degrees of Jeep upgrades, prices, and trail restrictions and then follow us on a “follow-along” tour. Keep in mind that all Jeep rental companies have trail restrictions for their vehicles, and the insurance companies have their own restrictions for where they will cover insurance. The coverage eligibility for where you take it and coverage type and limits depend on your pre-existing auto insurance. So when considering renting a Jeep you will want to have total command of the above information before getting into the wilderness in a very expensive and specialized rental vehicle.
4) Are animals allowed on tour?
On a case-by-case basis. Experience with pets visiting the wilderness has some heartbreaking stories. The new and exciting flora and fauna is a very exciting place for animals and the temptation to go explore is too great for most dogs and pets to control. A run-away pet that we would want to try and find is not something we can easily budget time for to get our guests back to town before we all end up needing camping gear. This is a very sensitive issue and and we ask that you call us and discuss your pet situation before you bring your pets out on tour and into the wild.
5) Can we bring beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages with us on tour?
The state of Utah disallows consumption of alcohol in or around a vehicle. Thank you for respecting this very sensitive issue.
6) Can you cater food for us on tour?
Maintaining, preparing, and serving perishable food has laws associated with such, and if you would like to hire a local caterer who has the permits to provide perishable food we would be happy to coordinate with them to be included on your tour.
7) I’ve heard about frequent Yeti sightings in Moab, is that fact or fiction?
Fact. Yeti sightings have been reported and documented on Moab rock petroglyphs by the indigenous Ute Indians for millenium. The most often reported Yeti sightings occur in the Kane Creek, Lockhart Basin, and Hidden Lake areas. Yeti loves vactioning in Moab just as much as anybody else. Think about it, if you were a Yeti where would you hang out? In the event of a Yeti sighting make certain that you don’t move fast, do not approach it, step back slowly away from it while maintaining eye contact, and do not turn around and run from it.