Poison Spider Mesa

Total Miles


1540.04 ft


5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

This route has it all: fun obstacles and some great scenery. 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. Play with caution.


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.

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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.