Best Off-Road Trails in Moab

There are few places better known for legendary off-roading than Moab, Utah. From the famous “slick rock” (that is actually quite sticky) to rock crawls, washes, and trails hanging over cliffs, Moab is an off-roaders paradise.

Whether you are renting a 4×4 for the first time, or you’re a veteran who can rip a SXS on the most extreme routes, we have the trails for you. Check out our list of onX Offroad’s favorite Moab off-road trails.

(Looking to explore beyond Moab? Check out the best Utah off-road trails here.)

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Best Moab Off-Road Trails

Map of Moab off-road trails

Moab Rim Trail

Difficulty: Difficult / Duration: 6 miles

This trail is not for the faint of heart. The first mile is a relentless, very steep climb that overlooks the town of Moab. Experienced drivers only. Bring your camera and capture breathtaking views and fun obstacles. Stretch your legs by taking a fun hike to Hidden Valley. A study area borders the south so please stay on the route.

First-timers should go with someone who knows the right line over the obstacles, especially the Z-Turn. This trail is not for stock SUVs. It is very challenging for UTVs, and almost insane for ATVs.

Potash Road, Shafer Switchbacks

Difficulty: Easy / Duration: 18 miles

If you’re looking for beautiful scenery, this route will deliver. Explore hiking trails along the way, or stop to check out indigenous rock art and fossils. Potash Road and its side roads are legal for ATVs and UTVs, but you have to stop at the Canyonlands National Park border even if you are licensed.

Most vehicles will be able to drive this with no problem. Small ruts and washouts are possible after heavy rainstorms, during which time you may need 4-wheel drive.

White Rim

Difficulty: Moderate / Distance: 88 miles

Get ready for a full day of adventure. At 88 miles long, the White Rim trail is long and requires planning, but is worth every mile. Make sure you obtain a day permit. No services are available so bring water and fuel. Licensed dirt bikes are allowed, but ATVs and UTVs are not.

Most of the route is relatively easy, however, a few spots are steep and rocky. The most challenging spot is a narrow shelf road that climbs the Murphy Hogback. Always call ahead for conditions or check at the visitor center. Suitable for stock, high-clearance 4×4 SUVs.

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Hurrah Pass

Difficulty: Easy / Duration: 12 miles

Take a weekend exploring this route, featuring beautiful lakes, Potash Plants, and Native American petroglyphs at Birthing Rock. Along Kane Creek Road you’ll find well-maintained BLM campgrounds on a first-come-first-serve basis. They are popular, so plan ahead. This road can get rough on the west side of the pass, so high-clearance vehicles are recommended. Kane Creek is usually dry but can be impassable for brief periods during flash flooding.

Gemini Bridges

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate / Duration: 13 Miles

This classic Moab trail has steep and narrow roads, off-camber switchbacks, and plenty of rocks. Enjoy the great views and take time to hike to the top of the bridges. Although the terrain is varied, it’s a relatively easy drive and suitable for most middle-to-high clearance SUVs. This is also a popular mountain bike ride so keep the dust to a minimum.

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Jenny Sheets

Jenny Sheets is the copywriter and vertical marketing specialist for onX Offroad. She lives in Montana where she dirt bikes, trail runs, camps, and overlands with her husband, dog, and son, Henry Danger.