Willow Springs Road

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 04/02/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 8.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 4500 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Moab
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Arches National Park and Bureau of Land Management
District: Moab Field Office
Showing 0 trails within 2 miles

Highlights

Highlight: Willow Springs Road
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.

Video

Weather

7 day forecast for Willow Springs Road

Route Information

Technical Rating:
( MODERATE )

Read more about our rating system

Waypoints

1. Trailhead From Arches National Park (0 mi)
From the main road that travels through Arches National Park turn left/north across from parking lot for Balanced Rock. The road quickly turns to dirt.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.701831, -109.566910

Starting Point: Moab, Utah

From Arches National Park: The trailhead is directly across the street from the parking lot at Balanced Rock. From Moab: Take Highway 191 north approximately 13 miles. Turn right/east onto Willow Springs Road.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (12)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Excellent way into the park without waiting in line at the main entrance. Some lovely vistas along the way

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
I'm a big fan of this road. It's easy and provides some great views. I have always ran it west to east (reverse of this guide). The number of campers along the far west side has been absolutely insane the past year. Please remember when you disperse camp here, you are required to carry out all solid human waste.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Good trail to do before Eye of the Whale. Stock 2019 Tacoma.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Easy trail. Great way to get into Arches. The only difficulty could be if there's a flash flood coming down the Courthouse Wash. That water and silty sand can get moving pretty good.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Easy trail. Lots of cool sights to see. Willow springs dispersed area was full of people. Not my type of dispersed camping. Ran this trail from eye of the whale.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
A few of the more difficult sections look like they have been filled in with gravel recently. Additionally, a sign has been added by the dinosaur tracks. As always, this is a great way into Arches National Park and the premier picnic location to watch the sunset against Balanced Rock.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Fun and beautiful trail into Arches National Park. We took this trail to Eye of the Whale and then into the rest of the park, it was a lot of fun. If you are taking this trail to Arches Scenic Dr. it will be relatively easy with SUV's that have some clearance. We took a detour off Willow Springs to see Eye of the Whale and right before you get to it there is a steep hill with large ruts. I definitely recommend 4WD and grippy tires for that part. Our Subaru was able to make it with the right line, but the Jeep behind us changed their mind and turned around. It was well worth is to have Eye of the Whale all to ourselves for an hour. There are a lot of spots for hiking, mountain biking and camping a long the way. Beautiful trip and the only proper way to enter the NP in my opinion. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 1.5" ADF lift 235/75R15 Toyo AT2

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Definitely a fun way to enter or exit Arches NP. It can be done in a stock high clearance vehicle, and 4 Low is helpful.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
I ran this opposite direction of how it's listed in this guide and my whole purpose was to get up to Balanced Rock picnic area for some sunset shots of the rock structures. After a long week of EJS I got to the Balanced Rock area around 4:30 pm and quickly realized I was way to sleepy to sit around until 8 for sunset. I hung out for about an hour, ate an early dinner and made it back to my hotel where I quickly fell asleep shortly after sunset.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
I've done this trail several times on my way into Arches N.P., but this time I came in for the sole purpose of camping. There are a ton of camping spots south of waypoint 17, and there is even a pit toilet building there. The spots have fire rings and are very well marked off. It's crowded, but still a great location if you are looking for somewhere to pitch camp for the night.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
When you only have a few hours and want to take in the beauty of the area, this is the perfect trail. Not hard and not to boring.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We visited Arches NP earlier this year with the family and completed this route in our AWD Honda Pilot. We loved the dinosaur tracks! Be sure to throw some water in there to see the tracks better.

Questions & Answers (0)

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.
For individual use only, not to be shared.