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A trip through the wild west, desert country of rural Utah is what you will find along the Crystal Geyser Jeep Trail. This trail defines the meaning of hitting the dusty trail. Multi-colored, layered hills surround this road. Part of the famous Easter Jeep Safari Crystal Geyser route, this trail offers desert views and desert conditions. Crystal Geyser Jeep Trail travels through property of the abandoned USAF Green River Launch Complex, known informally as New Area 51. The actual launch complex is located along I-70 near the end of this trail.
Take I-70 to the Floy exit, Exit # 173, east of Green River, Utah. Head south on Ruby Ranch Road 7.3 miles to Salt Wash Road. Turn right (west) on Salt Wash Road 5.8 miles to the start of Salt Wash Trail (Salt Wash Road Waypoint# 6). Turn right onto Salt Wash Trail for 0.8 miles. Crystal Geyser Jeep Trail intersects to right and proceeds to the north.
This is the beginning of the Easter Jeep Safari week in Moab and Crystal Geyser Jeep Trail will start to see more activity than normal. I ran the trail at the start of the EJS week and found it to be in great shape and unchanged from previous years. This area has seen above average moisture which helped to keep the dust down.
We ran this trail during the week of the Easter Jeep Safari and did not see another vehicle on the trail. The early spring weather was perfect and the trail was in ideal shape. We combined several different trails together for our day trip. The other trails included Salt Wash Trail, Salt Wash Road, and Dee Pass. What a beautiful part of the Utah desert.
I have driven this trail a few times from both the north to south and south to north as well as when dry and in the snow. This trail is best combined with Dee Pass which makes up the route they run at the Easter Jeep Safari. I give this trail a 3 rating as a stand-alone trail, but when combining it with the other trails the area I like it much better.
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg