Rose Garden Hill

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 06/16/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 12.65 miles
Highest Elevation: 6254 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Moab
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
Official Road Name: Rose Garden Hill
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Moab Ranger District


Highlight: Rose Garden Hill
Ever gotten stuck going downhill? That is a definite possibility on this trail. Used as the only connecting route between Top of the World and Onion Creek, this trail has a little of everything. It has some wash driving, steep inclines, steep descents, loose soil, big ledges, and epic views. There are several moments of smooth, flat, dirt road, but for the most part, it is a slow, rough, and narrow 4wd road that will challenge even the most equipped vehicles. This offroad trail is the most difficult section of the overlanding route known as the Kokopelli Trail


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1. Northern Trailhead (0 mi)
If you are running the trail from north to south, you will start the trail at a 4-way intersection with Top of the World, heading southeast. There is a trail marker here. Follow the signs for "Kokopelli Trail". Southwest is the Top of the World Trail. Northeast will continue along Entrada Bluffs and also connects back to Rose Garden Hill at Waypoint 3.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moab

TO RUN THE TRAIL NORTH TO SOUTH: From Moab, drive north on Highway 191 to Highway 128, turn right on Highway 128. Drive 29 miles to Dewey Bridge and Entrada Bluffs Road. Turn right onto Entrada Bluffs Road and travel 5.3 miles east to where the trailhead for Top of the World is on your right. Top of the World heads southwest. Rose Garden Hill continues heading southeast. TO RUN THE TRAIL SOUTH TO NORTH: From Moab, drive north on Highway 191 to Highway 128, turn right on Highway 128. Between mile markers 21 and 22 you will see a sign marking the Onion Creek Road. Turn right and follow Onion Creek Road into Fisher Valley for 9.6 miles. Rose Garden Hill starts on your left at a "Y" in the road. If you reach Thompson Canyon, you have gone 1 mile too far.



Trail Reviews (3)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Did Rose Garden in my '87 XJ, 31s ARBs back in 2007 from South to North without incident. Son had a new LJR also with 31s. The XJ had a better break over angle than his, lacking a tummy tuck. One big step sits about 2/3 of the way up. 33s are a better choice for an easier experience. The "little" pinon tree to the left of the trail in the center of the photo is about 14 feet tall.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Myself and a group of 5 other trucks (Land Cruisers and Tacomas) did Rose Garden Hill as part of the Kokopelli Trail from Moab to Fruita. Driving the Kokopelli north, we went up Rose Garden Hill, and the cautions about the increased difficulty are warranted. Our lead truck (lifted/locked Tacoma) sheared teeth off of his rear ring/pinion on the third ledge from the top. He winched up and pulled aside to allow others to bypass. I slipped left off the line on the same obstacle, and tore a sidewall of my left/rear tire. All other trucks made it up and over, no damage, by the time I replaced my tire. I proceeded up and over, then we winched the broken Tacoma up. All in all, it took us several hours--we finished in the dark! We set camp at the first "somewhat level" spot, maybe 1 mile north of Rose Garden Hill. The next morning, we used the SAT-Phone to contact Moab Motorsports, and towed the damaged Tacoma to Dewey Bridge.
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Hit the trail via Onion Creek, at EJS. An amazing day. Last half mile is not for stock jeeps.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: I am supporting a MTB ride and would like to drive the trail. Is there any chance of doing this in a Tacoma TRD Off Road?
–Steve Bennett (10/04/2018)
–Ryan Boudreau (10/05/2018)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

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.
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