Klondike Bluffs

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 07/21/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.05 miles
Highest Elevation: 5237 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 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

Highlights

Highlight: Klondike Bluffs
Dinosaur tracks, slickrock, and washes - consider this trail your very own off-road Jurassic Park experience, without the risk of being eaten by Velociraptors. Klondike Bluffs, sitting just north of Moab and bordering the 300-million years old formations of Arches National Park is truly an enjoyable and interesting 4WD trail. It travels alongside the visible evidence of the Jurassic time period and right up to the mysterious looking rock formations of the Bluffs and Arches National Park. Combine this trail with Klondike Bluffs Escape for a visually stimulating route into Salt Valley and Arches National Park.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Drive east while the road quickly turns to dirt. There is plenty of room for a group to air down here. Up until Waypoint 4, there are several dispersed camping locations, although not very scenic.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moab, Utah

Drive north on Highway 191. The trailhead is 14.0 miles north of the intersection of Highway 191 and Highway 128. Turn right at the "Klondike Bluffs" signs just after mile marker 142.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (13)

Author: Official Crew
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Great trail for kids with the dinosaur tracks and to get away from high trafficked areas. Didn’t see another vehicle today.
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This is a great short trail! I took the kids out there to see the Dinosaur tracks and do some Jeeping. There are definitely some tippy spots but if you drive slow and have a high clearance 4x4 you should be fine. I can’t imagine driving a full size down this trail. We were in a wrangler jku with 4” lift and 35” tires. It was really tight in places. Also the trail goes from easy to moderate on the verge of hard real quick. Not many places to turn around once you get to that point.
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I love this trail. It's scenic, yet not boring to drive with its minor obstacles. Some of the obstacles seemed a little easier, while some seemed a little more chewed up. You will definitely want 4 WD
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This is a great trail with some fun obstacles. Most of the concern you will experience will be off-camber segments. A few spots get rather tippy! The views along the way are awesome, and just enough technical obstacles to keep it interesting. I'd definitely run this trail again!
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Like others have said, it starts out a dirt road. Once it turns to the wash, the trail is pretty fun. I went through it after a 3 of 4 day snow. It was either snowy, icy or dry sand and rock. A fun mix. I downloaded the GPX and followed the route via another app (I really wish TrailsOffroad.com had an app with maps and the option to download these GPX to it). I high recommended following the GPX path. It can be easy in some spots to end up on the off the trail.
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Fun trail. Obstacle 7 was the most challenging but easily handled in stock vehicles with a spotter. Our group was from Grand Junction, CO and this makes for a great short day trip.
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It's been 6 years since I have been on this trail and I don't know why it took me so long to go back. Didn't see another vehicle on the trail, my kids loved the dinosaur tracks and we had a great day.
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The snow was minimal and not a problem at all. Trail is in good condition We rode the trail as a connector via baby steps (over to salt valley road It was a great ride. Baby steps had a bit more snow due to it’s northeast slopes which was a little more nerve racking since I had not ridden that side before but we had no serious issues.
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We did this with a stock 2010 long bed, extended cab Chevy 2500. That is my disclaimer. We wanted to go into arches to see Tower arch and Eye of the Whale arch. We had to take take the truck since side by sides aren't allowed in the park. Let me just say, this trail was fun, but stressful. There are quite a few spots where the wheelbase caused issues. Nothing really bad, but there were plenty of frame scrapes and spots I had to build up a few rocks to keep the scraping to a minimum. Really, I think the biggest stress was doing it alone with my wife and young son. It made for alot of getting out for spotting and worrying about getting stranded with no one else in sight. If you have anything even a bit more geared toward rock crawling, this trail will be a piece of cake. There are lots of dinosaur tracks to see and the large section of slickrock was pretty neat. I plan to go back with our side by side and enjoy it a bit more.
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We enjoyed ten days of dry camping in the area. Great trails for Jeeping, mountain biking, and hiking. We went to the end of the road and hiked into Arches on the top of the bluffs. Awesome views.
Author: Official Crew
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Klondike Bluffs is an amazing 4WD road on the north side of Moab. It is right off Highway 191, so it is convenient to access. The road traverses State Trust Land, and has an immense mountain bike trail network. Klondike Bluffs is scenic and one segment includes visible dinosaur tracks. Fantastic trail!
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Klondike Bluffs is one of those overlooked trails, probably due to the distance outside of Moab (a mere 15 minutes north). I have always heard of it, but never heard anybody recommend it or say they've even done it before. Well I will be the one to say it: You need to do this trail! It has some fun obstacles, many spurs, and absolutely incredible views. I can see this trail being a big challenge or impossible with a decent rainstorm. It is a different type of scenery compared to the traditional Moab red rock. The white bluffs are mixed in with the red dirt once you reach the top. You can see traces of copper with all of the green stains near the old mine. The escape route over to Salt Valley was an awesome exit out to another few great trails (Tower Arch and Eye of the Whale). What a fun day!
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A combined trail I did in 2014 with a stock height fzj80 and a stock 2nd gen Tacoma. Combined with Tower Arch

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Thinking of doing this trail and camping out there in 2 weeks. I have an offraod built 2018 tundra... 3" lift up front 1" lift in the rear w/ extended travel suspension. Skid plates underneath...etc. would I be ok doing this trail?
–Sean (04/12/2019)
–Todd (04/12/2019)
–Todd (04/12/2019)

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