Originally Posted by skik2000
I've got permits for the White Rim Road next month. I still have the factory tires on my 2014 WK2. I'd assume that I'd want a beefier tire for the trip but figured I'd ask in case it would be possible to get away with my current setup.
Thanks for any help
Which factory tires? 20s or 18s
You can do it with the Michelins. Some portions can have a lot of sand, but its dry sand, where if you take an inflator and drop a few pounds you might feel more secure but it isn't really necessary if you've sand driven a lot. If you have some miles on factory Latitudes, you might want to swap for some MS/2s... nothing there really requires hard core tires. Might even want to have a non-stock spare in case you cut a tire on newly exposed sharp edges.
Make sure your QuadraLift is working well on OR settings, mainly you'll need 4wd low for the steep parts and higher clearance to dodge a few rocks where that varies on what genius has just been on the trail ahead of you.
The trail has a fairly high pucker factor for people afraid of heights or worried that the sandstone that has been there for millions and millions of years might magically crumble, but the trail itself is a nice Jeep trail or any other good 4wd with low range and decent ground clearance. Traction is rarely a factor except in the sandy bits.
Weather can be a factor, you get rather close to the Green at points and thunderstorms can produce some rather scary rushes of water you do not want to drive into.
Take the best cameras you've got.
If you stay in Green River, it can be a bit cheaper than Moab's more touristy rates but neither is cheap given they are out in the middle of nowhere... and the food is better in Moab by far. Plus you could head down the old Potash road on the west side of the Colorado at Moab, and take Long Canyon road up to Hwy 313 which runs into
Dead Horse Point...