Mineral Bottom Road

4.8/5 (11 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 10/16/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (11 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 09/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

great views, trail could be done in a Prius tho. Don't park under the trees at the river, they are full of gross silk worms that hang.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun, beautiful, and in great condition
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very easy road out to the switch backs, the switch backs were intense but easily done in my stock Tacoma Sport 4x4 4door, long bed. Crazy fun! Plenty of dispersed camping all over place.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/11/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I ran Mineral Bottom last week and even though it's an easy trail that 2WD vehicles can drive in good conditions, it's still an incredible road with amazing views as you descend the switchbacks. However the focus of this review is actually the trail up Hell Roaring Canyon, which starts basically where this writeup ends at waypoint 23. While this writeup describes the trail as withering away to nothing and becoming impassible after that point, it actually continues about 9 miles past waypoint 23, continuing along a narrow shelf road above the Green river a ways before entering Hell Roaring Canyon and traveling up the canyon in the wash at the bottom. The upper 2/3 of the Hell Roaring Canyon trail is proposed for closure in the likely preferred alternative of the Labyrinth Rims Gemini Bridges travel plan, and the motorized community needs to step up and defend it against closure. Part of that is just making people aware that this trail exists and is drivable, as currently it is only vary rarely used. When I ran it, I found the trail blocked by a bad washout right where it makes the turn and enters Hell Roaring Canyon. I spent about 2 hours shoveling to level out the washout and create a ramp up the far side to make it passible for my Jeep. (See before and after photos below.) I was then able to drive through the washout and continue on to the point where the trail enters the wash. Beyond that, this trail is sort of choose-your-own-adventure, with sections that have one clearly defined route and others where you have multiple options, usually one path down in the wash and a bypass up on the bank. The further you go, the harder the trail gets, as it gets much rockier and narrower. I turned around about 2.6 miles up Hell Roaring Canyon, where it started to get too difficult for me to be comfortable doing solo. I would rate the first 2.5 miles or so a 5, and beyond that a 6 or 7. Though the upper portions of the canyon are most commonly driven by dirt bikes and ATVs, I believe it is possible for full-size Jeeps to make it all the way to the end. If you are in the area, I highly recommend continuing past the final waypoint in this writeup and driving as far up the Hell Roaring Canyon trail as you can. Even the first few miles offer an incredible mix of technical challenge and amazing scenery, with towering cliffs all around. Because this trail is relatively unknown, you will likely be the only one on the trail, so it offers great solitude as well. I would love to go back with a group and see if I can make it further up the canyon.
Trail Review: Mineral Bottom Road - Patrick McKay
Trail Review: Mineral Bottom Road - Patrick McKay
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/18/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is a beautiful drive, we took this route to do the White Rim and some of the best views were coming down into the Canyon on this road. Should have dispersed camped off this road too, looked like there were a couple of good spots.
Trail Review: Mineral Bottom Road - Aj Miller

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