Rim Rocker

Total Miles
166.4

Elevation

3,041.42 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

The Rim Rocker is a 160-mile route winding it's way through aspen groves, over red rock, along the edges of sheer cliffs, and across rivers. Spanning from Moab, Utah to Montrose, CO., the track varies from rocky two-track to perfectly graded gravel. Each mile offers something exciting and different, and every bend holds a new view. The trail, which is really a series of connected forest roads, was developed to help relieve traffic in the already strained Moab region, while simultaneously breathing life into the towns of Nucla, Naturita, and Montrose through a boost in tourism. Topography is defined by ravines, slot canyons, cliffs, domes, and winding river valleys, with a few high mountain peaks thrown into the mix. Plant and animal life are equally diverse, with everything from deer and aspen trees to low desert shrubs and rattlesnakes. This trail is only recommended in Summer and Fall, although occasionally it can be accessed in late spring. Check the Rim Rocker website and social media pages for updates on current conditions and detours. OHVs are allowed on this trail, but MUST meet the requirements shown on the Rim Rocker website.

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Difficulty

Most of this trail is comprised of gravel roads, with a few sections of unmaintained trail that can vary in conditions.

History

Up until the late 1800s when the railroad was built, Moab had been one of the only safe places to cross the Colorado River. The valley's low water levels and easy flow made it possible to move goods, forming a sort of natural bridge which ensured the town became a hub for trade and transit. This also made it a real must-stop destination for anyone entering or exiting Colorado's western border. Ironically, the railroad that later bypassed Moab and nearly starved it of business was what allowed Montrose to prosper, giving it the influx of trade it desperately needed to thrive. It seems appropriate that these cities are now linked once more by this trail.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

B Powell
May 27, 2024
2007 Toyota Tundra
Open
This is a great trail with no crazy obstacles, plenty of side roads to explore, and never ending views that change dramatically. Conditions were dry and perfect on the 100+ miles we did. Start south of MOAB where the trail almost meets 91. In this direction, going south east while dry, it's doable in a 2WD with all terrains and a bit of clearance. Think pick up, large SUV.
Pat Sawyer
May 25, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Joe Tuesday
May 18, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
We ran the whole length from montrose to Moab, camping along the way. Left May 18th, arrived the 26th. Mostly well maintained gravel roads, but several sections absolutely required 4x4 and high clearance. At least one water crossing was over 18in deep. Snowed 6in overnight while we camped along the divide road. Variable spring conditions could make parts of the trail impassable.
Tyler Gay
May 18, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Trail is fully open. The water crossing near 141 was about 3’ deep.

Access Description

WEST ENTRANCE from Moab: From the Maverik fuel station at 38deg33'31.0'N 109deg32'36.6'W, head south on US Highway 191 for 1.3 miles, then turn left onto South Mill Creek Drive. After 0.4 miles, turn right onto Spanish Valley Drive and continue on route.EAST ENTRANCE from Montrose: From Ace Hardware at 38deg28'41.0'N 107deg52'39.1'W, head west on State Highway 90, which turns into 90 Road. Follow it through the repeated 90-degree turns for 24 miles until you reach the staging area, then continue on route.

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