Dome Plateau to Dome Wash (Route)

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 05/20/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 35.09 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
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Moab Field Office


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said that about 20 years ago a man started to build this house on the side of a sandstone cliff and his building permit was revoked when part of the ceiling collapsed.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

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 (16)

Questions & Answers (7)

Q: Thinking of doing Dome Plateau during a trip in April. I'm in a slightly lifted Tundra (full skids & sliders) with 35" tires and my friend will be in a stock TRD Offroad 4Runner (full skids no sliders). I only want to go out to the overlook at Waypoint 28 and turn back around the exact way we came. The further waypoints after 28 seem a little too much for our setup. Waypoints 13 and 15 seem like the toughest part and I know I'll tap the rear bumper. My question is coming back...would waypoints 13 and 15 pose any risk from an approach angle going the reverse direction? should I be concerned about high pointing at any of these waypoints?
–Sean (02/10/2022)
–Todd (02/10/2022)
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)

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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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