The Moab Rim trail is an impressive primitive slickrock 3 mile trail leading into the amazing Hidden Valley trail. Adventurers will enjoy the stunning views of the Colorado River, La Sal Mountains, Moab and Spanish Valley and the protected Behind the Rocks terrain. The trail is a shared use trail for hikers, mountain bikers and jeep adventurers. Adventurers can also detour and explore the abundance of panels of native petroglyphs.
The trail starts with a steep climb up the slickrock terrain. Catch your breath and enjoy a beautiful view of the Colorado River. Venture further over sand patches and slickrock terrain while enjoying views of the Moab Valley, the La Sal Mountains and the Behind the Rocks sandstone fins.
Hiking the Moab Rim Trail
Hiking enthusiasts often start at the Hidden Valley trail and finish at Moab Rim trail head. This one way hike is a great way to experience the thrilling changes in terrain and scenery. You will want to plan a shuttle car at the end of the Moab Rim trail to return back to the starting point.
Mountain Biking the Moab Rim Trail
The trail involves steep climbing and terrain for more skilled riders. You will share the trail with hikers and jeep adventurists, yet the scenery is well worth it! Be prepared for a very steep upward climb at the beginning of the trail. You can ride to the Hidden Valley trail and return back on the Moab Rim trail.
Another option is setting up a shuttle car for a one way trip connecting the Moab Rim trail with the Hidden Valley trail. A section of the Hidden Valley trail is too narrow, steep and rocky to bike on, but you can carry your bike up/down these switchbacks if you chose this option.
4×4 Jeeps on the Moab Rim Trail
The trail rating is 7 or on the old scale a 4+. This is a difficult course with steep grades, irregular rock ledges, sand patches and a few sharp turns. At the end of the Moab Rim trail, park your jeep and explore the petroglyph panels before returning back to the trail head.
Moab Rim Trailhead Location
Turn west from U.S Highway 191 in Moab onto Kane Creek Boulevard. The trail is 2.6 miles northwest down Kane Creek Road on your left. The Hidden Valley trail is 3 miles south of downtown Moab and about 6 miles from the Moab Rim trail entrance. Hikers or bikers adventuring one way from the Moab Rim trail to the Hidden Valley trail will want to arrange a shuttle car.