Top of the World - Utah

Cisco, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 07/18/2021
4.9 / 5 ( 33 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 6-8
( DIFFICULT - SEVERE )
Length: 5.53 miles
Highest Elevation: 7036 feet
Duration: About 4 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Cisco
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Moab Field Office

Highlights

Highlight: Top of the World - Utah
Top of the World is one of the most famous off-road trails in Utah. Its 360° view and the unique photo opportunity it gives you are worth the tough drive. Whenever you see the photo of a rig on a slab of sandstone jutting out over a cliff, that's this trail. If you are brave enough to drive your rig to the edge and get the photo, you have bragging rights for a very long time. Even if you do not do this trail for the famous photo opportunity, the views are unparalleled looking down on the one of a kind Onion Creek Canyon and looking over Fisher and Titan Towers.

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Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
Lightly Modified 4X4 (Small Lift and Larger Tires)
Concerns:
Summary:
Waypoint 4 is going to be the hardest part that you can't avoid. All other areas you can pick and choose your lines.

Technical Rating

MANDATORY
6
DIFFICULT
OPTIONAL
8
SEVERE
Rocky or undulated road surface. Potential rocks less than 36" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 36" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 84" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep and off-camber.
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Description

Rising in elevation climbing the Waring Mesa, the trail splits Waring Canyon to the west and Cottonwood Canyon to the east. It is an out and back trail with a lollipop loop forming at the far end. The eastern side of the loop is more difficult than the western side. The road surface is consistent with small ledges and shelves, some which are undercut, and many protruding rocks. One main obstacle stands which turns many of the ill-equipped vehicles back. Notes: When you drive to the photo opportunity location it is at a slight incline to the point where you cannot see the edge. Do not drive to this point without a spotter. Keep an eye on your children and certainly no drinking on the trail.

Waypoints

1. Entrada Bluffs Trailhead (0 mi)
Take the fork to the right from Entrada Bluffs Road.
2. Optional Steps (0.3 mi)
Easier bypass to the left or straight for the steps.
3. Rough (2.4 mi)
Rough section here and throughout the trail.
4. Obstacle - Must Do (3 mi)
Turn right and uphill with two lines. Go straight here to bypass this obstacle and take on another. These obstacles will change weekly due to traffic and weather. There is no bypass here and this obstacle denies stock vehicles from going further.
5. Begin Lollipop Loop - Stay Right for Easy or Left for Hard (3.3 mi)
The lollipop loop begins here. For the harder path up to the viewpoint turn hard left/east or stay somewhat straight for the more common route.
6. Optional Lines Obstacles (3.6 mi)
Follow up the wide trail with your choice of lines.
7. Obstacle Series (3.7 mi)
Follow the wide trail with a choice of lines.
8. Rock Garden (4.1 mi)
Follow the trail straight and pick your lines.
9. Top of the World Viewpoint (4.4 mi)
When you reach the wide open space, this is the viewpoint. Views of the La Sal Mountains, Fisher Valley, Fisher Towers, Titan Tower, Onion Creek Canyon and behind you have views of the distant plains. Return here the way you came is the easiest option, or for more of a challenge continue the lollipop loop. The remainder of the guide is taking the eastern portion of the lollipop as its return route.
10. Nasty (4.8 mi)
One big nasty section that will require careful tire placement and picking the line to match your skill and vehicle capabilities.
11. Ledges (5.4 mi)
Slight undercutting of ledges requires your attention.
12. Waterfall Obstacle (5.5 mi)
Steep and slightly off-camber followed by a small ledge.
13. End of Lollipop Return Right (5.5 mi)
Return back to the trailhead by going right and the way you came in. The mileage listed for this guide was taken to this point and does not include the additional 3.3 miles back to Entrada Bluffs Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moab, Utah

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 is on your right.

Camping

Not allowed
Dispersed camping is prohibited through the first few miles of the trail. There are no pre-existing camps or suitable locations along the trail and it would be difficult to set up camp where camping is technically allowed. However, there is designated camping at Waypoint 5 on Entrada Bluffs Road. Otherwise there are 12 improved BLM campgrounds along Highway 128.
Camping: Top of the World - Utah

Trail Reviews (38)

Questions & Answers (5)

Q: Can the loop be ran to the top from either side? Really wanting a challenge and heard the left side is the way to go
–Kevin (12/11/2018)
A: Hi Kevin, you sure can run the lollipop from either way. When I created the guide I ran the left side downhill. It would be a lot of fun and more challenging than the right side side running uphill. Give it a try and leave a trip review when your done - we want to hear all about it!
–Todd (12/11/2018)
Q: Can you leave tow vehicle and trailer at the trailhead? Thanks
–Kyle (02/09/2018)
A: There is space at the trailhead from Entrada Bluffs Road. What I do not know is if its legal or not to park there. There is plenty of trailer parking though right by Dewey Bridge and from there you would have about a five mile drive to the trailhead.
–Todd (02/09/2018)
Q: Do you think a stock 2015 JKU Willys Wheeler would make this trail with an experienced driver? Stock 32" tires, rock rails and a rear Limited Slip differential. I'll be there in early August.
–Evan Siebert (07/19/2017)
A: Waypoint 4 would be the hardest part that is not optional to get to the top. If you did fine over that I would suggest going up the right side of the lollipop and come back down that same way- it's easier . The trail conditions change all the time, so use your best judgement and tire placement. There are a few rough sections along the way you will most likely scrape on. Have fun! The view is incredible!
–Todd (07/19/2017)
Q: Do you think i can reach the Top Of The World viewpoint by a full stock Dodge Ram and then come back the way i came? Thank You
–Lorenzo (07/13/2017)
A: I personally would not take a stock Ram up this trail. It is a long rough trail and you most likely will ding your underside and probably rear bumper on the way back down.
–Todd (07/13/2017)
Q: To avoid crowds as much as possible, do you have a recommended time that you would start on the trail? Would you avoid this trail on weekends?
–Marc Nitz (06/05/2017)
A: When we mapped this guide for Top of the World we had a very late start, around 11am on a Saturday. There was a steady flow of side by side traffic coming down as we were going up. Coming down we ended up stuck behind a large Club where some members were having mechanical difficulty, which really slowed us up. I would plan your trip around the position of the sun for better and more interesting views.
–Todd (06/05/2017)

Writer Information

Todd

Founder

Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting Trailsoffroad.com. On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
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