Amazing series of photos. I've been to Moab twice. june of 2003 and sept 2006. Both times, I was driving a '98 Grand Cherokee with ... um... modest mods.
I did some research before I went out in 2006 since I was going alone. Moab probably wouldnt have been what it is today without the nuclear bomb and uranium. Charles Steen was the guy that hit the big load, and the Mi-Vida mine was the first big mine in the area. I searched it out and found it. It was an easy drive. I also found several OPEN access/vents east of the mine entrance, which was sealed off when I visited. Its not a common trail... and offers its own views of the LaSalle mountains.
I encourage it for anyone with time to kill in Moab looking for an easy 1/2 day trip.
i cant wait to go back again. its been too long.