Putting Your Southern Utah Jeep Wrangler to The Test

September 9th, 2021 by
There is no better way to test the mettle of your Jeep Wrangler in southern Utah than with a trip to the Toroweap overlook.

There is no better way to test the mettle of your Jeep Wrangler in southern Utah than with a trip to the Toroweap overlook.

Owning a Jeep Wrangler in southern Utah means you can explore places most others can’t.

And there’s no better place in the world to truly test the capabilities of a Jeep Wrangler than the trails and backroads of southern Utah and northern Arizona.

The Jeep Wrangler has a heritage rooted in a design meant to get soldiers to where they needed to go on the battlefield – no matter the condition of the roads or even despite the complete lack of roads. And today’s Sunday drive is a perfect place to test that design and the Jeep Wrangler’s off-road skills.

It’s a drive that is not for the faint of heart, but the reward at the end of the road is worth the effort it takes to get there.

Did you know, if you head south on River Road in St. George, Utah you’ll eventually reach the Grand Canyon? It’s one of a few different routes to the Toroweap Overlook on the North Rim.

The Route in Southern Utah for Your Jeep Wrangler

You’ll pass the Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse on the way. Followed by a technical climb over Mt. Trumbull itself that is definitely a 4-wheel-drive road. And if you feel comfortable driving your Jeep Wrangler on southern Utah roads that are little better than glorified ATV trails, you’ll have a blast climbing through the wooded heights of this route.

Fortunately, there are easier ways to get there. The easiest and most reliable route, County Road #109, leaves AZ 389 eight miles west of Fredonia or six miles east of Pipe Spring National Monument. This 61-mile road features sharp rocks, washboarding, and dust. A high-clearance vehicle is still recommended, even for this route, but it can be managed in vehicles a little less off-road capabilities. So if  you drive a Jeep with a little less clearance like a Jeep Compass or a Jeep Renegade, or have less faith in your four-wheel-driving skills, you can still experience this amazing adventure.

Be Prepared

No matter which route you take to the Tuweep area and the Toroweap Overlook, you’ll want to be prepared for an adventure. Road conditions can change suddenly, especially during monsoon season. You will face tire puncturing rocks in the roadways, no water, gas, food, or any other services along the way, and with very few exceptions, no cell phone service at all. If you do find yourself needing a tow and manage to call for help the bill may wind up being a couple of thousand dollars.

Drive slowly to avoid blown tires. Bring a full-sized spare with you. Carry tire plugs and an air compressor with you. Make sure you have enough fuel to carry you the 120-plus miles there and back. Take extra food, water, and clothing, and be prepared to spend the night just in case you get stuck.

You’ll want to check the weather report before you head out, especially during the monsoon seasons in southern Utah and northern Arizona. While the Jeep Wrangler is a formidable off-road vehicle, flash floods in the desert southwest should not be trifled with.  Click here to check the current conditions.

But with proper preparation, you’ll find the most spectacular views of the Grand Canyon at the Toroweap Overlook. There are hiking trails to enjoy as well and with and advance permit, you can spend the night and enjoy dark skies and an amazing opportunity for star-gazing.

For more information or to plan your visit to the Toroweap Overlook go to https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/tuweep.htm

Looking for a Friend to Explore Southern Utah With?

There are numerous Jeep clubs, events, and outings on offer in southern Utah so if you’re looking for a group of Jeep Wrangler owners to explore with, there are tons of options. Click here to learn more and join a Jeeping group. And after you make a few new friends hit the trail to the Toroweap Overlook together!