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Moab can quickly be described as "unbelievable rock formations," and the main attraction on this trail are the Gemini Bridges. Gemini Bridges are a pair of twin natural bridges that sit not far off this four-wheel drive road that are accessible via an easy hike. The bridges might be a destination, but this trail offers one heck of a journey! On top of being a great beginner road, the beautiful shelf section climbing out the valley, Gooney Bird Rock, other iconic offroad trails, and the overpowering view of the La Sal Mountains make this a trip you don't want to pass up.
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Gemini Bridges runs between Highway 191 and Highway 313. It can be run in any direction. The views are typically better starting on Highway 313, driving west to east, opposite of this guide. However, most people drive it from east to west to reach the other connecting trails more quickly. The road is non-technical, but it can be rough. Starting from the east, you will travel up a bumpy shelf road filled with baseball to softball-sized rocks intermixed with a few slickrock ramps. The shelf road portion can change in difficulty after any storm event or heavy traffic. Towards the top of the shelf road, it is only wide enough for one vehicle with a blind turn, and uphill traffic has the right of way. As you descend the shelf, the road will turn into a mixed surface of smooth dirt to slickrock, with minor ledges being present. The eastern portion of the trail is at a significantly higher elevation and will most likely have snow in the winter. There are no significant obstacles, and the road is suitable for any high clearance SUV with four-wheel drive and aired-down tires. Not airing your tires down will make for a rougher and bumpier drive.
Great views of the La Sal Mountains and the spires of petrified sand are off in the distance. As well, D0017 is a short spur and a perfect spot for a tailgate lunch.
Along this area, dispersed camping is only allowed in designated sites. Unfortunately, there are no designated sites directly along the Gemini Bridges trail. However, five designated and beautiful sites reside in Bride Canyon. You can also look to Mill Canyon - Tusher Road and Cotter Mine Road for other areas where designated camping exists. Remember, when using free designated sites, you must remove all solid human waste from the area. Campers are required to possess, set up, and use portable toilets. Campers may not bury or leave exposed solid human body waste and soiled toilet paper. The disposal of solid human waste off public land is required. You must camp only in marked sites, and no woodcutting is allowed. Following these simple rules will ensure that the sites are attractive to future campers. Enjoy your stay! The Moab Field Office maintains 26 campgrounds. Many campgrounds are located close to Arches National Park along the Colorado River. These campgrounds offer views of spectacular red rock cliffs amidst a green ribbon of vegetation.
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