Willow Springs Road

4.5/5 (29 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 11/23/2022
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Situated near Moab, Utah and partially within Arches National Park, Willow Springs Road is a great way to experience the Arches backcountry without the crowds. Desert washes, dinosaur tracks, and unique rock formations make this a great road to combine with Eye of the Whale and Tower Arch for a great day of wheeling within a National Park.

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (29 reviews)
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Great free camping just outside Arches.
Trail Review: Willow Springs Road - Denny Simpson
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104650
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Seriously one of my favorite spots for sunset
Trail Review: Willow Springs Road - Todd
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/08/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We came in via US 191. It was a nice trail. A little crowded through the campgrounds then thinned out. Trail ends near the Balanced Rock turn off in the park.
Open
Visited: 10/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Willow Springs Road is a hidden gem. It is a fairly easy trail with some technical, rocky parts as you reach the Arches National Park boundary. These obstacles are definitely meant for 4x4 capable vehicles. We watched a full-size truck attempt one obstacle and turned around. This trail is a great way into Arches National Park, and avoids the long lines at the gate and making sure you have a reservation during peak season. It took us about 45 min to an hour to complete with stops at the Dinosaur Tracks and NP sign. This is a great way to enter the park and takes roughly the same amount of time as waiting in the gate traffic. Plus the scenery is better. Overall, this trail is fun and enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/01/2022

Great trail and an excellent way to enter Arches National Park. The trail gets rocky and rough near the park boundary and we saw a full-size pick-up truck turn around. The NPS does not require a reservation to enter the park from this direction, but they will start if ill-equipped vehicles attempt to enter this way and end up causing issues. 4-wheel drive and high clearance is required to complete the entirety of this road. Overall, great trail, great views, and not too busy.

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