One of the closest 4wd trails to the town of Moab, Moab Rim is a difficult and dangerous trail that requires your undivided attention, but rewards you with awe-inspiring views of the Colorado River and the town of Moab. Climbing 950 vertical feet from the base of the canyon next to the river, you will encounter many rock ledges and tight turns, all of which you must traverse while leaning off-camber towards the cliff edge. Two named obstacles along the edge include the Devil's Crack and Z-Turn. The higher you climb, the better the views. Once the trail has reached the plateau, the scenery changes to more of a desert scene closely resembling that of Hells Revenge. With several more optional obstacles such as the sand hill and an extremely steep slickrock dome with an 85% grade, this trail is sure to entertain even the most hardcore wheeler. This off-road trail is also a great trail if you are short on time or just want to hit one quick trail while passing through town.
NOTE: DUAL LOCKERS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THIS TRAIL
Moab Rim has a very nice trailhead right off of Kane Creek Road, only a couple of miles from the center of town. There are restrooms here and plenty of parking for single vehicles. Please note that trailers are not allowed to park here. Vehicles are restricted to 22 feet.
You will start and end in this parking lot.
From 119 on the south end of town, take Kane Creek Road west. This road is located between the Burger King and McDonald's. At the stop sign at 0.7 miles, stay left and continue for another 1.8 miles until you see the parking lot with restrooms on your left.
Got to the trailhead at 7.30AM and saw no one except a few hikers all day. Super great trail. Would like to go back and run up and down z turn a couple hundred times. The only time we got disoriented and had to back track a little was missing the northeast side of the loop on the way back. Didn’t try the sand pit because we only had one rig, but it looks fun. Got my rear passenger wheel pretty high off the ground coming down devils crack, heading back towards the trail head. Definitely good advice to watch your line here. Will be back soon!
What a awesome trail... Harder then poison spider but easier then Pritchett. We went all the way to the overlook and enjoy the sights. Then I almost fell off the cliff... twice. With that, I got in the jeep and decided it was time to leave.
Another great day on Moab Rim, and another great day of EJS 2019. The trail hasn't really changed although I did feel that the sand hill is a bit harder than I remember. A lot of people only dirve up the first mile and then turn around, but the views from the last overlook are worth the drive.
Stopped in Moab for the night on our way back to Denver from Arizona. We got up early the next morning and decided to get a quick trail in before heading home. The weather was fantastic. Nice and warm. No one else out on the trail except a few hikers. The car wash had a little water in it, but not much. The pictures you can get coming up the first section of the trail back towards the canyon are totally epic! The views at the overlook at the end are totally awesome also! I know a lot of people who only run the first mile and turn around because most of the challenge is there, but getting to the end is totally worth it! Ran the trail in about 4hrs with just two rigs. Both on 37s and dual lockers.
The majority of people only run this trail up to the first plateau which is fine if you are short on time. The first part is an excellent challenge. The second half of the trail I find to be very fun, partially because of the terrain changes and partially because it is less crowded. The sand hill is really cool, and the overlook at the very end is amzing!
Hi, I'm Ryan!
I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion".
I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure.
My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others.
If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.