Moab FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for Moab Jeep Rentals and Guided Trips

1. Do I need a lot of 4-wheeling experience to drive Moab trails?
Moab trails are justifiably famous and many are unbelievably rugged. But the wide variety of terrain also makes it an ideal training ground. Novices will do just fine. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides can show you everything you need to learn to successfully and safely Jeep Moab.

2. How big is the group on a guided trip?
Usually about six vehicles, plus the guide Jeep. We keep our groups small to maximize guide time with each guest and minimize trail impact.

3. How far in advance do I need to make reservations?
At least 7 days ahead is a good rule of thumb for basic Jeep rentals. Our guided trips fill up very quickly so we recommend booking these trips as soon as they are announced. Our Group Course & Trip Calendar is continually updated with new events so be sure to bookmark and check back often!

4. What will the weather be like?
Moab is the high-desert. It can have hot days and cold nights, so bring layers of clothing to be prepared for 50-degree mornings and 90-degree middays. Late winter and early spring can be cold, wet and snowy. Spring is always windy. Fall is generally clear and mild. Summers are hot with afternoon thunderstorms likely later in the season

5. What should I bring?
Layered clothing, items for personal comfort, and safety and recovery equipment if bringing your own vehicle. All participants receive a detailed itineray and gear list upon sign-up. See the Moab Home page for more details.

6. Who can participate?
Drivers must be 25 or older with a valid driver's licence and proof of full coverage auto insurance. No underage drivers please! Passengers may be of any age unless otherwise restricted by a specific trip.

7. Are there health restrictions?
Participants should be in good health. No one with heart conditions, previous seizures, or high blood pressure or other potentially life threatening illnesses, please! All events are held outdoors with lots of time both in and out of the Jeep. Some walking over broken, uneven terrain is required. This is the backcountry and medical help is far away.

8. What if we break down or get stuck?
Learning to get un-stuck is one of the skills you'll aquire from our guides on the trail. Breakdowns are another matter. Even well-maintained vehicles sometimes breakdown. Many light repairs can be done in Moab, but a more serious mechanical issue can cut a trip short. This almost never happens, but refunds cannot be provided for trips cut short due to mechanical issues.

9. What if I damage a Barlow's Jeep?
We all make mistakes from time to time, and occasionally, one of our guests has an unplanned encounter with a rock, resulting in a dented bumper, damaged skid plate or mangled fender. This kind of damage comes with the territory and our Jeeps are insured against it.

Acting recklessly or against the guide's instructions is another matter, however, and guests may be held liable for any damage that results. In such a case, most guests choose to submit a claim to their auto insurance company to cover the cost.

Most importantly, we want everyone to be safe and have fun. Jeeps are replaceable, you and your family are not. We build and maintain our Jeeps for the utmost in safety and capability.

10. Is it cool to smoke and drink on the trail?
No. There is no smoking allowed in any Barlow's vehicle. Moderate alcohol consumption can be part of the after-trail fun back in town.

11. What about environmental concerns?
We take every step to conduct our trips in an environmentally sound manner. Barlow Adventures is a member of and advocate for the US Forest Service's Tead Lightly! program and works to educate the public on safe and responsible 4 wheel drive practices.

12. Are there bathrooms along the trail?
In remote areas you may expect bathroom stops to consist of thick patches of trees or shrubs. You may wish to carry toilet paper in a ziplock bag in order to pack out used paper products. Please keep our public lands and trails clean—pack out your trash!


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