Dome Plateau to Dome Wash (Route)

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 05/20/2019
4.2 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 35.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 5845 feet
Duration: About 5 hours, 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Moab
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
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Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Moab Field Office
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Highlight: Dome Plateau to Dome Wash (Route)
An off-road adventure is just outside of Moab, Utah. This four-wheel drive route is a diverse adventure packed full of several types of scenery and mixed with enough wheeling obstacles to make for a really fun and full day on the trail. Starting from the Colorado River, you are greeted with towering Entrada Sandstone just before you get to test your suspension on the slick rock ledges. Following high along the plateau and deep into canyons: the overlooks, arches, caves, and pinyons all await you. This is a great trail for scenery and those wishing to test their skills on minor obstacles.



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1. Cave House ( mi)
Note: the Cave House is not on the trail, but just north of the trailhead on 128 and worth the stop before or after the trail. The story is said that about 20 years ago a man started to build this house on the side of a sandstone cliff and his building permit was revoked when part of the ceiling collapsed.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.818348, -109.287845

Starting Point: Moab

Drive north of town and turn east on Highway 128. Take this approximately 28 miles until you cross the Colorado River next to the old Dewey Bridge. The trailhead is the road immediately on your left.



Trail Reviews (8)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Amazing route, rock crawling mixed with easy sandy roads, great views and attractions & some hard obstacles that can be bypassed. I saw nobody the entire time and camped at an amazing spot! The Owl draw spur is MUCH harder than the rest of the trail and deserves a HARD rating on par with Top of the World & Hells Revenge. There are about 4 obstacles but two of them are very large drops with potential for body damage. I was alone and in my Ram 2500 Powerwagon so I ended up stacking rocks in two spots to ensure I would avoid rocker panel damage. I will run this again and again because there are so many other trails and options and very little traffic.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I was going to run Top of the World, but I’m glad I ran this one. However, I wish I reviewed trails offroad before doing so as I got lost while filming the trail and missed the amazing overlook. I’m still frustrated by that and will be doing better trail planning in the future using trailsoffroad, Funtreks, and actually using my gps while wheeling (I use to like the adventure of getting lost, but not for making supplemental video guides to great guides like trails offroad and Funtreks books). Anyway, this was a very fun trail with lots of variety. You can definitely make a day of it especially if you explore the trails not described here or in Funtreks (I show some of the scenery of these in my video). I’d describe the route I took as moderate, but still fun.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This trail was good but just wanted to point out that this GPX file leaves the actual Dome Plateau trail. If you follow the GPX, towards the end, at 38.84872, -109.35978, there is a pretty gnarly hole in the washed out section that is significantly more difficult than the rest of the trail. If you are in a stock vehicle you will hit your skid plates and probably your rear bumper/hitch going through this section. If you want a more moderate trail, follow the map in the Charles Wells Moab trail book, which turns right to an easier road before this section.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This is a great moderately difficult trip with spectacular scenery. It's too bad the Dewey Bridge within sight of the trailhead burned, but at least the framework and support cables are still in place. There are bypasses around most of the more difficult obsticles, and there are some side routes to explore that will challenge any level of experience driver. Today's trip found temperatures 30 degrees below normal with light rain at times and strong breezes near valley canyon walls. The skies were cloudy all day.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Dome wash has a moderate ledge ( waypoint 88: 43).I’m a DCLB Tacoma with stock rear bumpers. The best approach for me was off camber to make the ledge as smoth as possible. But I still hit and scraped my rear bumper. Just after that ledge is a good size bolder that you don’t pay attention to you will high center easly.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I discovered that there are many different variations of the Dome Plateau trail near Moab, UT. Trailsoffroad guides you through the Squaw Valley with a preferred route; However, there are many inter-connecting trails in the vicinity that can allow for many trail variations. The Easter Jeep Safari route differs slightly from the trail route published here. The trail is in great shape with a variety of rock and sandy surfaces. On this particular trip, we completed Again-and-Again Hill. There are a series of shelves to climb along the steep dirt and sand hill. The middle shelf is by far the most difficult of these to conquer. Although the trail is suitable for a stock 4x4 vehicle, Again-and-again Hill may be too much for a stock vehicle or an inexperienced driver. Luckily, the hill can be bypassed. The trail route published in the Trailsoffroad guide, by-passes Again-and-again Hill. The view to overlook the Colorado River at way point 28 is worth the trip. Lastly, at way point 39 near the end of the slick rock, stop the vehicle and get out to look around a little. There you will find dinosaur tracks in the rock.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The morning was chilly, but not cold and crystal clear views abounded. Before long we had hot drinks in our bellies and dirt under our tires. A quick stop at the sad remains of the Dewey Bridge and then to the Cave House and it was time to air down for Dome Plateau. We headed up at a relaxed pace, happy to soak up the heat of the suns rays and most of the day was the same pace. We visited the common arches like La Boca, and stopped at Cave Springs, hitting little off shoot trails here and there. Wiith so many intersecting roads, it was easy to spend the entire day on Dome Plateau and Dome Wash. The roads were in good condition and traction was awesome. Many wide areas for passing and you often hit intersections with major roads so if you need to make a quick trip out, that can be easily enough done.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
If you really want to get out there and away from it all, this is the trail for you. The word "Dome Plateau" is really appropriate as you follow along high ground almost the entire way. Some spectacular highlights await such as the views of several arches, Professor Valley, Cave Springs and finishing in a really fun wash with some light rock crawling. Its a must do! I give it a 4 rating because you encounter a few areas that are just "blah", but as a whole, this trail is a 5 all the way!

Questions & Answers (6)

Q: Has anyone tried this trail in a stock 3rd gen Tacoma Off Road double cab short bed?
–Braden (03/12/2020)
–Todd (03/13/2020)
Q: Any concern with running this trail in the opposite direction?
–William (01/13/2020)
–Todd (01/13/2020)
Q: Waypoints 3 and 13 look pretty gnarly. How tall are those shelves and how far apart? I really want to get to the viewpoint (out and back) and have done roads rated 3 pretty easily before in my lifter Forester. These look pretty sketchy though. Thanks for any feedback.
–Charles (04/23/2019)
–Todd (04/24/2019)
Q: Are there any rules about bringing the Pup on this trail, or other trails in the area?
–Terry Foste (03/24/2019)
–Todd (03/24/2019)
Q: Are these ATV trails also?
–Theresa Peterson (03/09/2018)
–Todd (10/16/2018)
Q: Hello, do you think is possible doing this trail on a stock Dodge Ram 1500? Thank You
–Lorenzo (07/26/2017)
–Todd (07/27/2017)

Writer Information



Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
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