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The Trails Of Moab

Posted in Events on August 1, 2010
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Moab, Utah, is without a doubt one of this country's premier four-wheeling Meccas. Each year thousands of off-road enthusiasts migrate to the beautiful red rock trails for the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Easter Jeep Safari. Moab and the surrounding areas are littered with OHV trails. Choosing the right trail to match your driving skills and your vehicle's capabilities is important because a number of these trails not only can damage a rig but are downright dangerous. We have rated the trails 1 through 10, 10 being the toughest, for your reference on the next Easter Jeep Safari.

3D Trail: This is a family four-wheeling trail that might be a little difficult for stock rigs. This trail takes you around the area of Hidden Canyon with some loose dirt, slickrock, and ledges. Rating: 3

Backwards Bill: This trail is a mix of slickrock and sand and combines parts of the Wipe Out Hill and Sevenmile Rim trails. Modified vehicles with lockers are recommended. Rating: 5

Behind the Rocks: The trail is south of town and in the upper area of the Moab Rims Cliffs and Kane Springs Canyon. The terrain traverses rock and sand with steep hillclimbs and rocky ledges. Rating: 5-7

Chicken Corners: An easy trail that follows the Colorado River downstream and is very scenic with Indian rock art. The terrain consists of gravel, red dirt, and sand. Rating: 2

CliffHanger: A tough trail that gets its name from a section of trail the runs along the edge of a cliff. Located by Kane Springs Canyon, Hurrah Pass, and Jackson Hole. The trail is rock, dirt, and sandstone, with some sand and numerous obstacles. Rating: 6

Copper Ridge: This is a series of trails north of Moab near Arches National Park, which is not difficult unless wet. Dirt and rock with some slickrock. Rating: 5

Crystal Geyser: A scenic trail that starts in Moab and ends near the town of Green River. The terrain is a mix of sandy wash bottoms, clay (when wet), and rock. Rating: 3

Dome Plateau: This remote trail north of the Colorado River and east of Arches National Park consists of some dirt, sand, and rock with one hill/ledge to climb that may require strapping. Rating: 4

Elephant Hill: A challenge for stock vehicles, the trail is in the Needles district of Canyonlands Nation Park. A long haul, so make sure you have fuel. The terrain consists of rock ledges, rocks, and fine sand. Rating: 4

Fins & Things: Northeast of Moab the trail consist of very cool sandstone hills shaped like fins that make for fun and challenging four-wheeling. The trail is slickrock and loose sandy areas. Rating: 4

Flat Iron Mesa: South of Moab, Flat Iron Mesa is bordered by Kane Springs Canyon, Hatch Wash Canyon, and West Coyote Canyon. Sandy dirt with bedrock. There are a number of rocky ledges, a gravelly hill, slickrock, and numerous rocky ledges. Rating: 7

Gold Bar Rim: Gold Bar Rim is approximately 1,200 feet above Highway 191 in Moab Canyon. The rim offers a great vista. The terrain consists of sandy dirt, some surface rocks, and lots of slickrock near Gold Bar Rim. Rating: 5

Golden Spike: Above Moab Valley just atop the sloping layer of Wingate Sandstone. The trail consists of layered broken rock and dirt and challenging rock ledges with some slickrock. Rating: 7

Hellroaring Rim: The four-wheel section of this trail is on Mineral Point, which is part of the mesa country between the deep notches of Mineral Canyon and Hellroaring Canyon. Sandstone shale and rocky ledges, rock, and sand can found. Rating: 3

Hell's Revenge: A premier slickrock trail northeast of town between the Sand Flats Road and the Colorado River. In addition to classic slickrock wheeling are rock ledges, rock, sandy dirt, and fine sand. Rating: 6

Hey Joe Canyon: Hey Joe Canyon is a short tributary to Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River. The road into the area is now maintained. Parts of the trail consist of rock, dirt, and sand. Rating: 3

Hole in the Rock: This famous and historic Mormon Trail is a two-night, three-day trip. Most of the trail is sandstone with a mix of sand, dirt, and rock. Rating: 6

Hotel Rock Trail: 90 miles south of Moab and Blanding, Utah, Hotel Rock includes steep rockclimbs, sandy washes, rocks, sandstone, and narrow trails. Rating: 5

Kane Creek Canyon: A creek-bottom trail, Kane Creek runs south from the Colorado River past Moab. There is a possibility of deep water and quicksand. The trail consists of rocks, sand, and ledges with numerous river crossings. Rating: 6

Metal Masher: The trail traverses Arth's Rim 1,300 feet above Highway 191 with incredible scenic views. A varied mix of dirt, sandstone ledges, flat slickrock, and sand. Rating: 6

Moab Rim: Moab Rim is just outside of town off the Colorado River and features great views of the river and sandstone canyon walls. The first part of the trail is bedrock with ledges, steps, slickrock, blow sand, and sandy dirt. Rating: 7

Poison Spider: Poison Spider Mesa is a popular trail that leaves the Potash Road and climbs the steep rim of the canyon wall. The trail is made up of sandstone, slickrock, rock, rock ledges, and sandy wash bottom. Rating: 5

Porcupine Rim: The only access to the area of Coffee Pot Rock, the trail leave Sand Flats Road above the slickrock Bike Trail and onto a ledge above Negro Bill Canyon. The trail features loose sand, some sandy dirt, bedrock, ledges, and lots of rock. Rating: 5

Pritchett Canyon Mesa: Perhaps the toughest trail in Moab, it starts at Kane Springs Road. The trail is full of sandy river bottoms, steep ledges, and difficult obstacles. Rating: 9

Rose Garden Hill Trail: This is a short version of the Top of the World Trail and more difficult, and it features a cliffhanging section. The trail travels over bedrock, rock, dirt, and sand. Rating: 6

Secret Spire: This trail rides the ridge between Spring and Hellroaring Canyon and is fairy easy. The roads are mostly sandy dirt with scattered rocks. Rating: 2

Sevenmile Rim: The trail leaves Highway 191 just north of Highway 313 north of town. It passes the old Cotter uranium mine and switches back to the cliff rim above the mine. The trail features a mix of slickrock, wash bottom, rocks, and dirt. Rating: 4

Steel Bender: The trail sits between the town of Moab and the scenic La Sal Mountains in the area of Mill Creek with spectacular views. The trail crosses stream rocks, with slickrock, dirt, sand, rocks, and ledges. Rating: 6

Strike Ravine: This trail is south of Moab and follows old mining roads and scenic views of the La Sal Mountains. The trail consists of bedrock, sandy dirt, loose rocks, creek-bottom rocks, boulders, and ledges. Rating: 5

Tip-Toe Through Hell: The trail follows Hell's Revenge but bypasses the tougher obstacles. The trail is a mix of slickrock, dirt, sand, and rock. Rating: 4-5

Top of the World: This trail has a 7,000-foot viewpoint on Waring Mesa and offers great views of the La Sal Mountains and Fisher Valley. Some of the road is graded with rock, dirt, and sand. Rating: 4

Wipeout Hill: This trail is south of Canyonlands Airport and west of Highway 191. It uses parts of Bartlett Wash, Courthouse Pasture, Tusher Canyon, the south cliff base of Big Mesa, and Gemini Bridges. The terrain is mixed sand, rock, dirt, slickrock, ledges, and long sandy wash bottom. Rating: 5

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