Moab Rim Trail

Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area, Utah

Elevation Gain2,290ft
Trailhead Elevation3,978ft
Elevation Min/Max3978/5358ft
Elevation Start/End3978/3978ft

Moab Rim Trail

Moab Rim Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Moab, Utah. It is within Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 3,978 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,290 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there is a cliff.

Moab Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"If you are not a skilled mountain biker do not attempt this ride. Be sure to take lots of water. This trail can be ridden from Moab, as a loop or as a shuttled trip, in either direction. It has a brutal climb at the head and an equally brutal downhill at the tail anyway you slice it.

The ride up from the northern end on the massive rock slab to the rim is one of the most difficult climbs I know of. The southern end is so technical that you are going to be walking the bike. The northern end can be ridden in its entirety, if you are very fit and very skilled. Trail Surface: Extremely rugged 4WD trail and a very technical singletrack that is only suitable for hiking--portage or risk bone damage."

"Conveniently located at Moab’s back door, this trail offers a four-wheeling experience that you will talk about for a long time. It has always been busy with plenty of hikers and bikers. A new chair lift, now in operation, will increase traffic significantly.

Keep your eyes open for wandering children and hiker wannabes. Use extreme caution and be courteous at all times. This trail wastes little time getting down to business. The first mile scares the wits out of most people. I’ve driven it many times and still get nervous. A long climb of tight, tippy, and extremely difficult ledges requires excellent driving skills and a very capable vehicle. Rollovers are not unusual."

"Scenery steals the show—massive hunks of sandstone boil up through the desert while a dizzying view simulates a scenic flight over Moab. The difficult sections will have techies drooling while hopping up and diving down. Moab Rim can be ridden as a loop in either direction or as an out-and-back to avoid the long portage through Hidden Canyon. Linking this ride to Pipe Dream is a fun option.

It’s amazing that four-wheelers can drive this trail! It consists of slickrock, slickrock steps, and some sandy stretches. If ridden as a loop, the Hidden Valley portion that heads through a rockslide is rideable only by an elite handful; it’s a portage for the rest of us."

Moab Rim Trail Reviews

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This trail will scare the S##T out of you. Right from the start you will be doing very technical ledges right on the edge of a cliff. We did see some signs of roll overs on the trail. ( saftey glass). I have 4 inch long arm lift with ARB rear locker open front 33" tires. the view at the top is worth the trip. Just remember what you go up you must also go down.
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This trail is absolutely a blast to ride! Keep in mind that's it's a downhill race course, so if you have an XC bike like I do, you'll be walking a few spots. And riding up the course borders on insane - it's about a 22% grade for the first mile. Once you're at the top there's a great doubletrack trail with some rocks, slickrock, and sand to keep you entertained. If you're a confident XC rider who enjoys technical riding, has good brakes, and isn't opposed to walking the hairy spots if you need to, I'd recommend this trail - the views are spectacular, and the trail is a lot of fun! If you're a DH rider you've probably already ridden it! It does get very hot in summer so bring your food and water. The chairlift opens at 9am if you don't feel like making the climb!

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Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area
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