Onion Creek

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4.8/5 (39 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 10/15/2022
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Slightly stinky to the nose but super pleasant on the eyes, Onion Creek is a must-do trail in the Moab area. No matter what your wheeling style is, the drive is sensory overload as you meander through several different rock formations formed hundreds of millions of years ago. The contrasts from the start of the trail to its end are simply startling.

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The Onion Creek Road surface is mostly compacted dirt with multiple shallow creek crossings. It is narrow in spots with no passing, and it climbs in elevation roughly 1,500' to Fisher Valley where it connects to the more difficult Rose Garden Hill and Thompson Canyon. There can be hidden washouts along the ridge that require extra attention and eyes on the road. Avoid in rain or ice. Note: the creek crossings are frequent, but playing off the designated route and attempting to drive in the creek is strictly prohibited. This trail is suitable for any high clearance SUV when dry.

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4.8/5 (40)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fantastic trail with beautiful scenery. The smell is not bad at all, barely noticeable for me but I used to live in FL where the sulfur smell was common. Highly recommend doing this trail if you’re in the Moab area.
Trail Review: Onion Creek - Tyler Genevish
Trail Review: Onion Creek - Tyler Genevish
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A great easy run with spectacular views! Great as a day adventure or part of a multi-day trip. A must for anyone trail running in Moab.
Trail Review: Onion Creek - Tyler D’Hulst
Trail Review: Onion Creek - Tyler D’Hulst
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/13/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful trail, and a fantastic trail to start my off-roading adventure, I was able to get a feel for an easy trail and my new car. The smell isn't terrible especially if you anticipate it.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail is fun and beautiful! The creek was fairly high when we went which made it even better. I would recommend high clearance and probably 4x4, but nothing technical, just a lot of large rocks in the creek.
Trail Review: Onion Creek - Amanda Batsios
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/26/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was our first trail in Moab on our first offroad trip to Moab. We were camping in the Lower Onion Creek Campground and arrived at the campground around 2 pm, set up camp, then went into town for a quick bite to eat, firewood, and some misc supplies. On our way back we decided to run Onion Creek trail instead of going right back to camp. By the time we reached the end of the trail it was starting to get dark so we made the drive back in the dark. The trail is mild enough that it actually makes for a great night ride. As stated in the overview for this trail, it is a bit smelly due to the minerals in the water around this area, but not so bad it takes away from the beautiful scenery.

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