Onion Creek

4.8/5 (26 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 04/10/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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. 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.
Impassable when wet.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (26 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This trail is ridiculously beautiful, and the water crossings really added an extra layer (pun intended) to Onion Creek. The trail was very smooth when I went. By Trailsoffroad standards, I would say this would be rated a level 1 out of 10. I guess if water levels were really high, there would be much more of a challenge. We took our sweet time driving through this trail, I highly recommend it!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This is a beautiful and easy trail so long as it's not raining and/or the creek is running higher than normal. Driving this trail puts you in some of the most beautiful scenery in Moab for very little effort. On a normal day any passenger sedan should be able to navigate this trail with no issue. I would rate this trail a 1 with maybe a couple of spots being a 2 but that's it. You'll cross Onion Creek 27 times with most spots only a few inches deep. Clearance was never an issue and I can't think of a single memorable obstacle at all. Portions of the drive are on a shelf road above the creek, but the height is nowhere near as high as many you'll encounter around Moab and the road is plenty wide so even those with a fear of heights shouldn't have a problem. There are numerous places to stop along the trail to get out and take some pictures, walk around and explore, or just sit back and take it all in. This truly is one of the most beautiful trails in Moab and is absolutely worth the time it takes to run it. As an aside, if you have a vehicle capable of level 3-4 terrain you can drive a very cool loop that will continue on from where this trail ends that takes you across Fischer Valley, up into the Manti-La Sal National Forest where you'll end up in cool air, pine trees and snow capped mountains, and then proceed back down through Castle Valley eventually linking back up with Highway 128. In total it was about 51 miles and took us about five - six hours with stops. It was one of the coolest "roll your own" off-road excursions my wife and I have ever been on.
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 05/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This review is tainted because we are in Moab. In any other location this would be beautiful scenery. Here in Moab it’s run of the mill. So it’s a beautiful trail and interesting geography but there are so many other options.
Simon
1300
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE easy in-and-out trails in all of Moab. I head to Moab 2-4 times a year and when headed back east on the way out of town I cannot leave town without taking the trip down HWY128 and hitting Onion Creek. Highly Recommend as a trip just to do this trail or after hitting up Top of the world or some of the other trails in the area.
Michael Graham
Official Crew
21150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/10/2022

This is undoubtedly the most beautiful trail in Moab. While not technically difficult, the scenery is just amazing. Had to document this trip with my drone and the footage was stunning.

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