Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace)

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 06/26/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.31 miles
Highest Elevation: 5079 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Moab
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
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Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Canyon Country District


Highlight: Rainbow Rocks (Rainbow Terrace)
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
As you approach the area, you can see the massive tower-like mesa known as Tombstone Rock in the distance. The trailhead is the first right to the north immediately west of Tombstone Rock. Tombstone Rock is a popular rock climbing area and you might spot some adventurist on the rock face. The start of the trail is wide and sandy. If you choose to air down your tires, the trailhead is a good place with plenty of room.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moab, Utah

Take Highway 191 North from Moab to Utah 313. Turn left on UT313 about 8.5 miles and turn right onto Dubinky Well Road (BLM 137). In 1.4 miles, Dubinky Well Road will veer to the right. Continue another five miles to Spring Canyon Point Road and turn left (just before the Dubinky Well windmill). Head west towards the large rock known as Tombstone Rock. Go around Tombstone Rock, head north, to the trailhead.



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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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