Dome Plateau

Total Miles
30.0

Elevation

1,790.73 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Dome Plateau-EJS is a 30.4-mile point-to-point trail rated 4 of 10 located in Emery County, Utah. Dome Plateau is a large highland area that lies to the north of the Colorado River and the east of Arches National Park. This trail has a 4 rating and the first part is the most challenging, calling for careful driving and line-choosing during the ascent to the top of the plateau. A high-clearance vehicle is required for this trail. This trail has dramatic scenery including arches, overlooks, cathedral-sized caves with soaring roofs, and even some old mining camps with almost intact cabins. The Entrada Sandstone Cliffs have three noteworthy arches including the La Boca Arch and sandstone caves. From the overlooking cliffs, there are exceptional views of the Colorado River 1,700 feet below. The main notable obstacle on the Dome Plateau trail is Again-and-Again Hill which is mostly loose rock and rocky ledges. The rest of the trail offers easy four-wheeling with stunning scenery. The trail is mostly dirt and the eastern part is sandy, rocky, and bumpy. The northern and western areas have silty dirt that becomes impassable when wet. There is no cell phone service in the area. The nearest services are in Moab.

Photos of Dome Plateau

Dome Plateau
Dome Plateau
Dome Plateau

Difficulty

The trail consists of loose rock, dirt, and sand with some slickrock surfaces. There is some erosion, as well as washes, gulches, and rock steps no higher than 18 inches. Tall tires (33 inches or greater) and limited slip are a plus. 4WD is required. Enhanced suspension travel and good ground clearance are helpful. Good driving skills are also a plus.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Nelson Kent
Apr 14, 2024
2017 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Normal
Dusty
Mostly sand roads with a few steep obstacles. Great views with cool caves, arches, and old mining cabins. Not very busy and had the trail to ourselves most of the day.
Sam Orcutt
Mar 15, 2024
2020 Toyota Tacoma
Open
Normal
Ryan Mayes
Mar 09, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Justin Whittaker
Dec 22, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal

Access Description

From Highway 191 north of Moab, drive east 30 miles on Highway 128 along the scenic Colorado River. Cross Dewey Bridge and immediately turn left on gravel road at mile marker 30. To reach the alternate entrance, continue 4.2 miles on Highway 128 and turn left.

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