Very cool. I love Utah. Glad you were able to enjoy the desert. When we went down to Moab 2 weeks ago, there was a full moon that was like a super bright spotlight, so not many stars to be seen... then it was windy and cloudy and rainy.
I enjoy camping in the mountains with pine trees, near a stream or lake... but I also like the isolation of the desert. You can find some really pretty sites. It's not for everyone, my dad pretty much hates it, but I go to get away from people.
I too was amazed at how well my 139FK did off road. Like you said, go slow and you'll be fine.
BLM camping is THE way to go! (However, I do like reserveable spots with a guaranteed vault toilet.)
The name's Jeff
2005 Fun Finder T139FK
2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave JT