Poison Spider Mesa

Total Miles


1,540.04 ft


5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Tucked between the Moab Valley and the Colorado River, Poison Spider Mesa is one of the most popular routes in Moab for good reason. It's common to drive the first portion heading to Golden Spike, but be sure to take the loop, as it offers slickrock, a sandy hill to play on, and an overlook you won't want to miss. This route has it all: fun obstacles and some great scenery. Play with caution and stay on marked trails.

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Poison Spider Mesa
Poison Spider Mesa
Poison Spider Mesa


Difficult. Large awkward ledges with tippy spots. Many (not all) have bypasses. Modified vehicles with bigger tires, lockers, and high ground clearance are best suited, but some drivers of newer aggressive stock SUVs are getting through with careful tire placement.

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Status Reports

Ryan Gregor
Apr 26, 2024

Access Description

Drive north from Moab on Highway 191. About 1.4 miles after crossing Colorado River, turn left on Hwy. 279. Follow it south 5.9 miles and turn right into well-marked parking lot.

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