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2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Ghost Town Explorer

Wheeling the Toyota Tundra Tow Rig

Seder Burns
Jul 6, 2015
Photographers: Seder Burns
Taking a break from all of the amazing trails that the Easter Jeep Safari and Moab, Utah, have to offer, we decided to take our tow (and show) vehicle, a '14 Toyota Tundra CrewMax, for a drive to check out the area beyond the trails.
First, we went to check out the ghost town of Cisco, Utah, which is about an hour drive northeast of Moab. You can cut north on 191 until you hit I-70 east or take an incredibly scenic drive on State Route 128, which follows the Colorado River nearly the entire way. Of course, we chose the slightly longer Colorado River route. It ended up taking significantly longer than an hour to get there, as we kept pulling over to take in the spectacular views all along the way. It is a really great drive in any vehicle and especially fun in the Tundra. The Tundra puts out 381 hp from its stock 5.7L V-8. Ours had a few upgrades, including a Magnaflow exhaust and a K&N intake, which provided a little more power and great sound. Even when pulling a trailer with a heavy trail-prepped Jeep Wrangler, we never felt the need for more power. With 35-inch General tires, BMF wheels, a 6-inch Skyjacker lift, and shocks and front coilovers by Icon Vehicle Dynamics, the curves were fun and the view from up high was great! A set of AMP Research automatic running boards make getting into and out of the big truck easy while still retaining a clean look. The distinct Anzo LED headlights keep the style clean while providing great light.
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Cisco is in a pretty remote part of an already remote region. The town had its heyday when the trains had a stop there in the 1880s. Various industries, including mining, kept it going until interstate I-70 bypassed it. Its tiny late-1800s–era post office is still in decent condition, which is much more than you can say about most of the town. The original buildings have largely returned to the earth. There is a charm to the town, though, and certainly enough to have had at least four films use it as a location, including Thelma and Louise and Vanishing Point. Having looked at lots of photos of Cisco before and since visiting, things are changing there. There are numerous abandoned 1970s and 1980s vehicles scattered about. To our surprise, some of the nearby residences seem occupied (or at least frequented). Someone even took the initiative to run a chain link fence around what had once been the General Store. Clearly, people visit the ghost town. Perhaps calling it a semi-ghost town would be more accurate, hough less charming.
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After leaving Cisco, we wanted to get a better view of the La Sal Mountains, so we headed south out of Moab on 191. While you can get a great view of the mountains from just about anywhere along that stretch and from many of the off road trails, there were numerous roads leading toward the mountains that allow you a closer view. We followed a few of these up to a high hill accessible only up a narrow path made up of softball and volleyball-sized stones. We put the Tundra in 4-Low and climbed right up the hill with ease. From there, we got an outstanding view of the mountains off in the distance. Throughout the day's adventure, the BAK Revolver X2 rolling hard tonneau cover kept the dust off of our camera equipment and the BedRug soft bed liner kept it from flying around the truck bed. From towing to carving canyons to climbing serious hills, the Tundra is an exceptionally adaptable animal. If you find yourself in the hills of Moab, be sure to take some time to explore the other great drives in the area as well!
Specifications
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Engine: 5.7L V-8
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Horsepower: 381
Torque: 401 lb-ft
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker lift kit with ICON shocks and springs
Tires: 35x12.50R20 General Grabber
Wheels: 20x10-inch BMF BATL

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