Climbing Klondike Bluffs into Arches

Jack and MJ offer to lead us on a ride into the backdoor of Arches NP via the Klondike Bluffs Trail. I like entering Arches via off-road routes this time of year. The paved road into the park and its attractions are usually packed with vacation pressured visitors jousting (sometimes with extended middle fingers – for shame) to secure a parking space.

I thought they were bluffing

Dinosaur footprint
Each footprint on this trails was circled with rocks – oh that’s how they found them!

When we enter the park on dirt roads, we rarely ever see another vehicle. Instead we admire remote arches never seen from a tour bus. To be prepared for this trip, I immediately consult my trail book for an estimation of the horrors I might face on the trail. Somehow I misread the trail descriptions. I think the book describes the entire ride into Arches by way of the Bluffs as a cakewalk.

The way I read it, there is only supposed to be one “kind of tough” place on the way to Tower Arch. There are no other named obstacles on this trail. I guess that is because the obstacles on this trail are a SURPRISE! As you can see in the video below even a group of women on bikes take this trail faster than our jeeps.

Klondike Bluffs

I rate this trail as scenic, remote and at one point covered with dinosaur footprints.  In fact, one section looks like they had a dinosaur party up there.  However, I am exhausted from the numerous rough spots and weird obstacles tossing me about the Jeep interior. After today’s ride, I am no longer going to concern myself with a trail’s rating. Just bring it on!

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow Stormy (my personal full time RV mechanic and repairman) and me as we travel all over the US in our Country Coach RV. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks we learn!

9 Replies to “Climbing Klondike Bluffs into Arches”

  1. “After today’s ride, I am no longer going to concern myself with a trail’s rating. Just bring it on!”That’s the spirit! I put that right up there with “hold my beer while I try this” and “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. ?

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      LOL – my new motto is Storm can take the Jeep anywhere and I’ll have the picture to prove it!

  2. Mercy, what a trail. Thanks for sharing, now I don’t have to go there to see it. :>)))))) GOD BLESSJDJim

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Hahaha! Glad to share without all the “bumps” 🙂

  3. I sure miss our Jeeping days! Looks like fun and giggles with a few “oh my’s” tossed in. 🙂

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      It is definitely all that – maybe one day we can hook up with you guys again for a little Jeeping!

  4. Ruth Morgan says: Reply

    Love your attitude ?!

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Trying to be more like my hero – you!

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