Thompson Canyon, Polar Mesa

Spectacular views around every curve on this quiet, peaceful drive.

Total Miles
23.7

Elevation

2488.32 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring/Summer/Fall

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Trail Overview

There is a lot to see on this amazing high mountain trail that features mine ruins and and gives you a break from the summer heat in Moab. There are a few side roads to explore and unlicensed vehicles are allowed. Be courteous to mountain bikers on the Kokopelli Bike Trail.

Difficulty

Easy. Road is fairly wide and in good condition most of the way. Steep hill at 5.3 miles. Lingering snow in the spring and wet conditions can increase difficulty. Suitable for stock 4x4 SUVs.

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

From Highway 191 north of Moab, take Highway 128 along the Colorado River 20.2 miles. Turn right on well-marked Onion Creek Road, Trail #47, soon after mile marker 20. Follow Onion Creek Road east 9.5 miles and turn right on good road.