Poison Spider Mesa

This route provides a great mix of tough obstacles in a majestic setting.

Total Miles
9.5

Elevation

1540.04 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

Spring/Summer/Fall

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Trail Overview

This route has it all: fun obstacles and great scenery. It's common to drive the first portion heading to Golden Spike, but be sure to take the loop, as it offers slickrocks, a sandy hill to play on and an overlook you won't want to miss. Play with caution and be aware of mountain bikers in the area. If you want to get sidetracked for a bit, check out Barney's Overlook.

Difficulty

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 and the help of a good spotter.

Technical Rating

7

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.