Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace)

4.7/5 (4 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 06/26/2019
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Highlights

Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace) is a trail that most 4WD vehicles can enjoy with less difficulty than other trails around Moab. Rainbow Rocks gets its name from the multi-layered Entrada Sandstone rock faces along the trail. The rocks are particularly stunning in the early morning or late afternoon sun. Most of this trail is easy except for a two-mile stretch next to the rocks. Although only mildly difficult, this portion of the trail can challenge novice drivers. This trail can best be described as a drive with a little sandstone and a lot of sand.

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (4 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/13/2021

I didn't actually run most of the main Rainbow Terrace trail, but I wanted to correct something in this listing. The intersection at waypoint 6 does not actually lead to a dead-end, but to an awesome looping/connecting trail which splits off at waypoint 2 and then rejoins the main Rainbow Terrace trail at waypoint 6. This side trail gets closer to the butte across the valley and descends though a neat slickrock area before following the wash back to the main trail. It is well-defined and marked with cairns on the slickrock sections. This side trail (D2624 in the BLM's route inventory) is being considered for closure in the likely preferred alternative of the Labyrinth Rims / Gemini Bridges travel plan, and the off-road community needs to defend it. I highly recommend running it as a loop with Rainbow Terrace, and I hope other people will run it and comment asking for it to stay open in the next public comment period. I've attached some pictures of this side-trail as well.
Trail Review: Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace) - Patrick McKay
Trail Review: Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace) - Patrick McKay
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/23/2021

I agree with Paul. The double-shelf at waypoint 4 was tricky said another guy with IFS. Looked taller than 18" to me. Rock stacking to the rescue. Used Center Diff Lock in my GX470 and my buddy turned on all the tech in his new TRD Pro 4Runner. Other than that, the views were terrific. Super fun. Enjoyed tooling along the sandy parts. We went in late afternoon after visiting Dellenbaugh Tunnel.
Trail Review: Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace) - Conrad P
Trail Review: Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace) - Conrad P
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Paul
6250
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/10/2021

I would update rating to a 4 - the steps at WP4 have gotten pretty chewed up and are more difficult... for IFS vehicles anyways :) The trail is fun route with a few obstacles. The shelves and slick rock sections are pretty fun from WP3-4. The rest of the road is dirt or sand. The views and rock formations near this trail are beautiful.
Trail Review: Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace) - Paul
Trail Review: Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace) - Paul
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Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29100
Status: Open
Visited: 06/26/2019

It's been 5 years since I have been on this trail and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. A few mild challenges and great views from the terrace.

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