Onion Creek and Thompson Canyon Trail

Moab, Utah

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This entire trail winds through a spectacular variety of scenery. The route commences 19.3 miles east along Utah 128 from the junction of US 191. Onion Creek Road is clearly marked. The first half of the trail is graded dirt until the start of the Thompson Canyon Trail. However, the numerous creek crossings mean it is best suited for a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. Do not attempt this route after heavy rain or if thunderstorms are threatening. Onion Creek often washes out, and flash flooding is possible. The second half of the trail is rougher, rocky, and sandy in places. Special Attractions include: Spectacular variety of scenery; Numerous crossings of Onion Creek; Backcountry camping opportunities; Great one-day route from Moab when combined with Polar Mesa Trail. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This entire trail winds through a spectacular variety of scenery. The route commences 19.3 miles east along Utah 128 from the junction of US 191. Onion Creek Road is clearly marked. The first half of the trail is graded dirt until the start of the Thompson Canyon Trail. However, the numerous creek crossings mean it is best suited for a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. Do not attempt this route after heavy rain or if thunderstorms are threatening. Onion Creek often washes out, and flash flooding is possible. The second half of the trail is rougher, rocky, and sandy in places.

Special Attractions include: Spectacular variety of scenery; Numerous crossings of Onion Creek; Backcountry camping opportunities; Great one-day route from Moab when combined with Polar Mesa Trail. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 20.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,600 feet
Local Maps: USGS Fisher Towers, Fisher Valley, Moab
Driving Directions: Directions to Onion Creek and Thompson Canyon Trail

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