Vintage Ford Bronco - Last Hurrah For Lower HelldoradoPosted in Features on September 1, 2004
Rolling through another summer of events and trail rides, we find ourselves spending too much time at the office in front of a keyboard and not enough time out on the trail. When covering an event, we take on the pressure of getting accurate details, rubbing elbows with manufacturers, and first and foremost, capturing the four-wheeling action so we can share it with you on the pages of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility. That being said, a day of true editorial bliss is a day just hanging out on a trail with a group of friends. Better yet is to ride shotgun with hard-core vintage Bronco groupies on one of our favorite extreme trails, which by virtue of its namesake provides so much vehicular hell, fire, and damnation that the action is intense and cool pics are abundant. We hooked up with members of the Vintage Bronco Registry and the gang from James Duff Off Road for an axle-grinding, sheetmetal-shredding winch fest on Moab's Helldorado Canyon.
Although the lower section of Helldorado is suited for moderately modified rigs, Upper Helldorado is a whole different tamale. Our contingent included the boys from Duff Enterprises; the chief engineer of Black Diamond 4x4 Products, Luke Clark; and guys such as Karl Bradley, whose ultra-clean '68 pony graced the pages of our April issue. While we traversed the lower section of the trail, anticipation of the upper section ran high for first-timers and seasoned veterans alike. Several in the group were determined to run the entire Helldorado gauntlet, while some were simply looking forward to witnessing the treacherous upper reaches of the trail as spectators.
Situated at the base of the snow-capped La Sal Mountains, Helldorado Canyon's natural beauty attracts both off-roaders and non-OHV enthusiasts. The trail also traverses sections of public and private land. This means that OHV access is not only subject to government regulation, but also to the personal wishes of private property owners. Currently, Lower Helldorado is no longer in state hands, and the new private owner has closed the trail to all vehicles. We feel very fortunate to have enjoyed the challenges of Helldorado Canyon for so many years, and hopefully we will continue to enjoy Upper Helldorado for many more.
The staff at 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility asks that everyone respect the property owner's wishes and not disturb any postings that may be placed on the trail. We had a great day of slickrock 'wheeling with our Bronco buddies, and we hope you enjoy the action.