Gold Bar Rim

Moab, Utah

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The first two miles end at an impressive overlook of Gold Bar Canyon, making this a worthwhile trip for stock vehicles especially if combined with other easy and moderate trails in the area. The hard-core portion leads to a bird’s-eye view of the area east of Highway 191, which includes Arches National Park. This trail is commonly driven in the other direction as part three of the popular Poison Spider Mesa/Golden Spike/Gold Bar Rim combination trail. The hard-core crowd often hurries through this trail to beat the setting sun. Gold Bar Rim is better appreciated if driven independently. This trail starts easy but gradually becomes more difficult as it gains altitude. Stock high-clearance vehicles can negotiate the first two miles before reaching a challenging obstacle. Large tires, excellent articulation and/or lockers are recommended to reach the end of the trail. Route-finding is extremely difficult on the upper portion of this trail. Watch for cairns and scout ahead when in doubt.
Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

The first two miles end at an impressive overlook of Gold Bar Canyon, making this a worthwhile trip for stock vehicles especially if combined with other easy and moderate trails in the area. The hard-core portion leads to a bird’s-eye view of the area east of Highway 191, which includes Arches National Park. This trail is commonly driven in the other direction as part three of the popular Poison Spider Mesa/Golden Spike/Gold Bar Rim combination trail. The hard-core crowd often hurries through this trail to beat the setting sun.

Gold Bar Rim is better appreciated if driven independently. This trail starts easy but gradually becomes more difficult as it gains altitude. Stock high-clearance vehicles can negotiate the first two miles before reaching a challenging obstacle. Large tires, excellent articulation and/or lockers are recommended to reach the end of the trail. Route-finding is extremely difficult on the upper portion of this trail. Watch for cairns and scout ahead when in doubt.

©  Charles A. Wells/FunTreks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Maps: USGS Gold Bar Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Gold Bar Rim

Recent Trail Reviews

3/25/2008
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Part of the Poison Spyder, Golden Spike loop. It also has the golden crack, a real test of your suspension. If you have a GPS use it some times it is hard to see the trail. you can download the waypoints from traildamage.com . You will need lockers for this trail. I have ARB in rear, open front with 4 inch long arm lift.



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