Top of the World - Utah

4.9/5 (41 reviews)
Cisco, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 07/18/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (41 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Made it up in a Bronco Badlands on 35s. Wasn’t too difficult if you take your time and was a lot of fun. The view will take your breath away and it’s very nerve racking parking out on the ledge.
Trail Review: Top of the World - Utah - Joseph Kemp
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun, challenging trail. No problems at all with a stock JLUR on 35s. Bumpy, but just take it slow. The view at the end is epic!!
Trail Review: Top of the World - Utah - Chris Hebner
Trail Review: Top of the World - Utah - Chris Hebner
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Trail towards top, where it splits not longer has an easy option. Trail is marked as in "restoration mode" and barricades are in place. Extremely capable rigs, say 35s or bigger or maybe near that with help of a winch, sure try. Trail jumped from extra capable rigs to real rock devouring ones with this change.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A fun/challenging road, no heavy suspension mods needed. We had perfect weather and it’s worth the jostling!
Trail Review: Top of the World - Utah - Dale Holland
Trail Review: Top of the World - Utah - Dale Holland
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful trail with some challenging obstacles. The view at the top is amazing. Rating is spot on. The most challenging obstacle is on the way down going counter clockwise, #10 on the waypoints above, and did require a spotter. Video is Time Lapse (figured I would give it a try since these trails on Moab are so long and take several hours) with a few video segments. Not sure I like it, but it gives you an idea of the entire trail condition as of 4/25/22. Trail is some 30 miles or so out of Moab, so plan on an extra hour+ getting to/from the trail. Took this trail with my '97 TJ with 5" lift, 35's, rear E-Locker, front Tru-Trac and never got hung up or stuck. Lead Jeep on 33's made it without issue as well.
Trail Review: Top of the World - Utah - Paul Crawford

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