Rim Rocker

This extremely popular trails gives you access to some of the area's most stunning scenery.

Total Miles
34.1
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
1803.7

Duration
4 to 5

Technical Rating
4/10

Best Time
Fall

Trail Overview

This section of the Rim Rocker trail is relatively easy. You'll love the amazing variety of terrain and views that are found between Montrose and Moab. It is common to take two or more days to drive the entire trail.

Difficulty

Easy. Mostly graded dirt with occasional rougher unmaintained sections. One water crossing can be too deep to cross during high-flow periods, like in the spring and after heavy rainstorms. Trail ends with a steep descent down a rocky hill to Highway 141. Trail can be impassable when wet. Stock vehicles with high clearance, four-wheel drive and low-range gearing can do it.

History

This trip takes you past the townsite of Uravan. The name is a combination of the words 'uranium' and 'vanadium.' The town sprang up overnight back in the 1940s. It processed uranium oxide, also called yellowcake, which was used for the top-secret Manhattan Project in the development the atomic bomb during WWII. By the 1970s, as the demand for uranium decreased, the town began to die. Clean-up operations began immediately and by December 1986, the town was just a memory.

Access Description

From Placerville, head west on Highway 145 towards Naturita for 36 miles. Once you reach Naturita, turn right on C.R. 97. Head north 3.5 miles to Nucla City Park. Trail starts here with information kiosks.

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