Mineral Bottom Road

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 07/29/2020
4.6 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 2-2
(EASY )
Length: 18.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 5922 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Moab
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
Official Road Name: 129
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Canyon Country District
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Highlights

Highlight: Mineral Bottom Road
Mineral Bottom Road is an epic 4wd route that takes you from the upper edge of Mineral Canyon and drops you into the canyon’s bottom along the Green River. The visually stimulating descent into the canyon is along a switchback filled shelf road that offers plenty of visual exposure with sheer drop offs and imposing canyon walls. Mineral Bottom Road will create anxiety for those with a fear of heights. Once you are in the bottom of the canyon, you will get the feeling of being in an old-time western movie. This is the kind of road that you will remember for a lifetime.

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Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
2WD Vehicle with High Clearance
Concerns:
Summary:
The only point of this trail that justifies a rating of two can be found near the last Waypoint. All other areas of the road are well maintained and smooth.

Technical Rating: 2-2
(EASY )

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 8" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 9" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 12" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep but with good traction.
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Description

Mineral Bottom Road is a well-maintained dirt road. The first part of the road is level, wide and is more akin to a typical country road. As the road drops into Mineral Canyon at the switchbacks, the road narrows a bit while still allowing for vehicle to be able to pass. In the canyon’s bottom, Mineral Bottom Road withers out as it approaches Hell Roaring Canyon along the Green River. This trail is suitable for most vehicles during dry conditions. Wet and snowy conditions make this road very dangerous. No off-road experience is necessary for this road, but be prepared for driving along cliff edges as you negotiate the switch backs.
Although this road is open year-round, sound judgement should be employed during wet and wintery conditions. The road surface can become slick when wet. Going over the edge while negotiating in the switchbacks could mean falling hundreds of feet and there are no guard rails on this road. Dangerousroads.org includes Mineral Bottom on their list.

Waypoints

1. Mineral Bottom Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Mineral Bottom Road is well marked as from Utah 313. During the next few miles, Mineral Bottom Road will have numerous two-track spurs leading to some secluded dispersed camping spots as well as a few connecting off-road trails. Be sure to check this information in the camping section regarding BLM rules for camping in and around Moab, Utah.
2. Stay Straight at Unknown Road to the East (0.6 mi)
Continue Straight. This is the start of many short spurs that emanate from Mineral Bottom Road. Many of these short spurs lead to dispersed camping locations.
3. Stay Straight at Unknown Road to East - Left (1.25 mi)
Continue Straight. This is a short spur that takes off to the left. This is a camping loop that comes back out onto Mineral Bottom Road.
4. Straight at Unknown to Left (1.5 mi)
Continue Straight. There are several nice dispersed camping spots available along this spur. Looking straight ahead, you can get a great view of the Henry Mountains in the distance. This mountain range lies about 100 miles to the southwest of Moab.
5. Straight at Unknown to Left and Camping (1.9 mi)
Continue Straight. This spur is about ¼ mile long with a camping spot at its end.
6. Straight at Spur to the Right (2.4 mi)
Continue Straight. This spur goes about ½ mile and dead ends.
7. Straight at Mineral Cut Off Trailhead (2.7 mi)
Continue Straight. The spur to the right is Mineral Cutoff, a trail that connects to Mineral Point Road and Hell Roaring Rim. The spur to the left is an unmarked narrow trail as if it were an ATV route but it is not marked as such.
8. Straight at Unknown to Left Camping (3.7 mi)
Continue Straight. It is unknown where this spur goes. Camping site are available along this spur.
9. Beehive Butte and Taylor Canyon Rim Trailhead (3.85 mi)
Continue Straight. Off to the left here, are the Beehive Butte and the Taylor Canyon Rim trails. There are no signs marking these trails. Not to worry, TrailsOffRoad.Com has these trails mapped for you.
10. Straight at Unknown to Left with Camping along Bluff (6.1 mi)
Continue Straight. The spur to the left dead ends at the small bluff. There are some camping opportunities here. The canyon that is in view to the right is the South Fork of Mineral Canyon.
11. Straight at Spur to Left (6.5 mi)
Continue Straight. This trail to the left goes on for some distance along the bluff.
12. Straight at Spur to right - Canyon Overlook (7.3 mi)
Continue Straight. At this point, you are following along Mineral Canyon which is off to your right. This spur ends at the canyon edge and offers a scenic view of the canyon below.
13. Straight at Spur to Left (8.1 mi)
Continue Straight. This is a designated trail to the left, but it is not known where it ends.
14. Stay Straight at Spur to the Right (8.4 mi)
Continue Straight. This spur dead ends in ½ mile at the edge of Mineral Canyon.
15. Stay Straight road to Left into Bluffs (9.2 mi)
Continue Straight. Camping spots are available along this short spur that leads to the small bluff.
16. Stay Straight at Spur to Left (9.75 mi)
Continue Straight. A short spur to the left the dead ends in about ½ mile.
17. Stay Straight at Spur to Right Mud Hole (11.25 mi)
Continue Straight. The spur to the right can get a little muddy during wet conditions.
18. Stay Straight at Spurs (12.5 mi)
Continue Straight. Don’t get distracted here. You are almost to the treasure you have been waiting for. The spurs to the left and right are not marked and it is unknown where they end up.
19. Top of the Canyon and Parking (13 mi)
This is the part of the road for which you have been waiting. As you approach the tops of the canyon switchbacks, a small parking area is available. Here, you can get out and walk to the edge of the canyon descent and see what’s in-store for you. If you are nervous or apprehensive about proceeding to the canyon’s bottom, this is a great place to change your mind and turn around. You will experience a drop of approximately 2,000 feet from here to the bottom of the canyon. Enjoy the descent and pay attention to the road.
20. Stay Straight at White Rim Trailhead (14.3 mi)
The is one end of the White Rim Trail, a 4x4 trail that travels through the Canyonlands National Park. The White Rim Trail is popular with the 4WD and mountain bike communities alike. The White Rim Trail will be a two or three-day trip for vehicles and a three or four-day trip for bikes. High water conditions along the Green River can flood parts of the White Rim Trail making it impossible to complete the journey. If White Rim is in your plans, check road and weather conditions to be sure.
21. Boat Ramp and Vault Toilets (15.2 mi)
After you negotiate your way down to the Green River, here you will find an improved area with a rustic boat ramp and two vault toilets. This is a great place to take a small break and grab some shade from the few trees available.
22. Straight at Mineral Canyon Road Trailhead (16 mi)
Veer to the left. The only connecting road at the bottom of the canyon is Mineral Canyon Road. Mineral Canyon Road is an out and back trail that is only a few miles long. The site seeing from the bottom of Utah canyons is incredible and unlike anywhere else.
23. Trail End - Dead End (18.2 mi)
Mineral Bottom Road withers away and becomes impassible as it begins to near the Hell Roaring Canyon along the Green River. If you have a large group, it is best to turn around at the previous waypoint as it can be difficult to find an appropriate spot to turn around.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.582844, -109.801414
From Moab: travel north on Highway 191 about 9 miles to Utah 313. Turn west on Utah 313 and travel about 13 miles. Mineral Bottom Road is well marked as it takes off to the right.

Camping

Dispersed
There are several designated camping options available at Dead Horse Point State Park and on the nearby BLM lands. Dispersed camping opportunities are abundant along Mineral Bottom Road until you reach the top of the switchbacks. Camping in the canyon’s bottom is available only in designated camp sites. Information about this and other approved camping in the Moab area can be found here. Much of the area around Moab has camping restriction to help protect the environment. Some of these restrictions include: camping only in designated camping spots, no firewood cutting, and the use of a portable toilet system for waste. Please research rules and restrictions carefully.

Trail Reviews (5)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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I ran this down to the river and over to Taylor Canyon. The road was a little more rutted than usual. Be sure to see if any cliff jumping fun is going on near Waypoint 21. :)

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Dry and dusty but otherwise just a nice scenic drive. The switchbacks are definitely exciting, but plenty wide and doable in a stock rig.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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There was quite a bit of rain that has fallen in and around Moab in the past week in mid-April. Mineral Bottom Road was muddy, slick and single file in many parts from the trailhead until the top of the canyon. The switchbacks down the canyon were dry and passable. At the end of the day, red mud lined the inner fenders pretty well. Luckily, Moab has a jeep shower in town. I am always reminded on this trail about the importance of paying attention while driving here. About half way down the switchbacks are the remnants of an old car that did not fare so well.

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Status: Open
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Don't let waypoint 1 to 19 fool you, once at the switchback, the fun starts and it's been a bit of an adrenaline rush i had as i fear heights

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This was the second time I ran this trail, the first time I drove up the trail after completing the White Rim Trail - it was 115 degrees that day and I was just anxious to get to the top of the Horsethief Point for, hopefully, cooler weather. I do not recall much from that trip. This trip I was part of the Trails Offroad Mapping Team where the time was set aside to explore every nook and cranny of the trail. This trail has alot to offer the explorer at heart. The trip down the switchbacks is visually more stimulating than driving up them. Its an incredible view when you reach the bottom and continue on with the high canyon walls surrounding you. We were met with cliff jumpers who were parachuting off of the cliffs above the boat launch area, which was a really cool thing to witness, although I would never do it. The true high points for me on this trail were the switchbacks and the side trip up Mineral Canyon Road, so when you do this, be sure to check out Mineral Canyon Road as well.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: The official travel maps from the BLM show a road that continues from the end of this trail up Hell Roaring Canyon, and that is also visible in Google Earth. Is there no sign of that road on the ground? Has anyone tried to drive that recently?
–Patrick McKay (09/02/2020)
A: Hi Patrick, it has been washed out for a while. Actually from Hell Roaring Canyon above it looks passable, but it is not. We should have got a better photo at the end to better show the erosion. We will be out in a couple of months and check it out again, but from our end, we don't have any news of it being repaired.
–Todd (09/08/2020)

Writer Information

Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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