Chicken Corners

4.6/5 (34 reviews)
Moab, Utah (San Juan County)
Last Updated: 04/01/2022
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Trail Information


Moab, Utah, is one of the premier off-road and four-wheel drive destinations. Comprised of some of the most well-known trails in the United States, it has trail types that suit all driver's wheeling desires. Some would call it an "off-roader's paradise." Amongst these trails, Chicken Corners is one of the more popular "easy" trails in the entire area. It follows down a beautiful shelf road and eventually runs along the Colorado River with plenty of viewpoints along the way. The last portion, known as "Chicken Corners," gives you a straight-down view of the river below. Combine this trail with the more difficult and remote Lockhart Basin for an overland trip through the desert to the Canyonlands Needles District.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Hurrah Pass, if you keep going, turns into Chicken Corners. Chicken Corners is mostly a dirt and rock road with some patches of sand. The first stretch is a long descending shelf road that winds along the cliff walls. As you come to the bottom, the trail turns shortly into a wash before climbing back up and follows the edge of the Colorado River for portions as it takes you through the desert. Any high clearance SUV can do this road in dry weather.
Very slippery mud when wet.

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (34 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/23/2022

We ran this a while back (in May). Loved the trail. Loved the views, but this is a long out and back and 2 hours is not even close. I agree with the review that said it’s 3 hours out and dang near 3 back. Please update this because it’s misleading. If you’re in a side by side going balls out maybe but a lifted 4x4 on 35s ain’t gonna do this out and back in 2
Status: Open
Visited: 07/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The variety of terrain, driving options and stunning views made this an excellent trail. Getting there via Hurrah was a bit of a snoozer but Chicken Corners was great. There really aren't any "Chicken Corners" so don't get too excited about the hype. Take the time to rip around the sand traps, climb up/down the optional obstacles and enjoy a cold one at the turnaround spot where the view is fantastic.
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 06/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail did not live up to the hype for me. The narrow shelf road that likely gives the trail it's name makes up a very small section of the trail. Hurrah pass was more of my cup of tea. There are a lot of alternate paths and more challenging lines so if you are in a stock vehicle, be careful of the path you take. A good portion of the trail is also rutted and rocky so you'll have to go slower. The final crest to the end of the trail is probably to most challening part in my opinion. The view at the end of the trail was also underwhelming, however, we did not go on the hiking path at the end of the trail. I think you get a better view across the river at the Louise and Thelma look out.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

May be my favorite trail ever?? Awesome views the entire way. Not too tough but lots of interesting terrain. I ran 4 low most of the way in my 4runner (3 inch lift). A 3 rating seems right and and a 2 rating for the pass seems correct too. I would probably not recommend either trail for a standard AWD SUV as they there are a few tough spots. We ran it out and back from town in 6.5 hours and stopped at Catacomb Rock-recommended.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very fun trail that, at times, felt like a big playground. Some lines were slightly challenging while others were more "rolling" and allowed you to go a little faster which was fun. I camped near the end of this trail and I must say, it was one of the best campsites I've ever had (and I'm from CO). No noise, no people, no wind (thankfully as it was very exposed) and no light pollution! This area makes for killer sunsets.
Trail Review: Chicken Corners - Andrew

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