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The Easiest “Trail” In Moab: Because Some People Want Easy

Posted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 10, 2017
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Let’s be honest, not everyone is ready to wheel hard trails, in fact some of you may not be ready to drive moderate trails. But did you know that there is a trail in Moab that is perfect for the super newbie? It’s not hard, but it is beautiful and it’s a great trail to explore in just about any vehicle. We know that Moab isn’t the destination everyone can enjoy annually, but this trail is perfect if you’re passing through and want to see what Moab is all about.

The “trail” isn’t even really a trail, it’s actually a road known as Kane Creek Road. It’s just outside of Moab and it’s partially paved and mostly gravel. It passes very popular trails such as Moab Rim, Cliffhanger, and Pritchett Canyon, all of which are better suited for a well-built 4x4, but Kane Creek Road can be driven in almost any bone stock vehicle, 2WD or 4WD.

Kane Creek Road is mostly gravel and some asphalt, and runs along the Colorado River. This is a great way to see the beauty of Moab if you’re not driving a 4x4 or you’re just not too experienced to start harder trails. For example, we remember years ago when we were traveling around the U.S. for work in a 15 passenger van, and we wanted to see what Moab had to offer without damaging the company truck. This would have been a great dirt road to drive and see the big red rock cliffs.

So why would you want to ever explore this road? Because not everyone is excited to drive tough red rock trails, some just want to see the beauty of Moab without the skidplate bashing, tilt-o-meter maxing, low range grinding challenges. The drive has amazing red rock views, tons of cool camping spots, great rock climbing, biking, hiking, and petroglyphs. And if you’re in Moab for the first time this is a great place to drive or take someone who is less than experienced.

Moab hotels are not inexpensive, with Easter Jeep Safari week prices pushing over $200 a night, but if you’re game to camp you should look into the campsites along Kane Creek Road. Research shows camping priced at $5 per vehicle at time of publication, and most have primitive restrooms.
If you’re looking for Kane Creek Road you’ll turn at the McDonalds in Moab. Then just follow the road out to the dirt and explore.
Kane Creek Road has many great trails if you’re feeling braver than just a gravel road. Everything from the knuckle busters Moab Rim or Pritchett Canyon, to the tamer Kane Creek, Chicken Corner and mid-level trail Cliffhanger.
If you’re looking for other outdoor challenges, there is plenty of rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking along Kane Creek Road.

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