Moab Utah - Dellenbaugh Tunnel Trail

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Last updated 06/13/2009

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Includes 5 locations in the following area:

  • United States: UT

1 location(s) outside USA/Canada

Few OHV experiences can rival the fun of riding an ATV in Utah’s Moab backcountry. An endless variety of undulating and challenging terrain combined with spectacular scenery provide an unforgettable experience.

It’s easy to find your way around the small town of Moab. Main St (Hwy 191) runs north and south all the way through town. Center St and Main St, where Moab Information Center is located, marks the center of town. If you need lodging or camping, it is a good idea to call well in advance.

There are several places in Moab to rent ATV’s. Check for latest information or just drive down Main St. You should check Utah’s OHV Laws ( or call 800-648-7433.

Using your GPS for each trail
I have included Way Points for the trail. Also, in the description below, I have included complete instructions on the trail. I would print or copy the instructions off if you plan on using these Way Points.

Dellenbaugh Tunnel Trail

Highlights:Great riding area includes a fun hike through Dellenbaugh Tunnel with dramatic views of Spring Canyon and Tombstone Rock after you go through the tunnel. Note dangerous cliffs along edge of Spring Canyon. People of all ages enjoy visiting Secret Spire. Search for water-carved red rock trench on way to Dellenbaugh Tunnel. Difficulty: Slickrock sections are steep in places but not difficult.

Getting There: From Moab, drive north on Hwy 191 about 9 miles and turn left on Hwy. 313 towards Canyonlands National Park. Go 8.5 miles and turn right on Dubinky Well Road after the third view area. Stay right at 1.4 miles (easy to miss) where Spring Canyon Bottom Road goes straight. Go another 4.9 miles and turn left on Spring Canyon Point Road just before Dubinky Well. Go about 2 miles to the base of The Needles, where you can park on either side of the road.

  1. Staging (mile 0) – Head south from staging area on single-lane road.
  2. (miles 0.2) – Bear left and drop downhill through steep slickrock.
  3. WP1 (miles 0.8) – Enter wide, dry wash at bottom of hill. Turn right and follow main part of wash. It gradually turns south and narrows. (Left in wash takes you to area south of Spring Canyon).
  4. (miles 1.2) – Wash ends at large area of slickrock at northeast end of Spring Canyon. Follow cairns left around end of canyon, then bear right following better defined road. (Note: If you are interested in seeing the water-carved trench, follow drainage to edge of canyon).
  5. WP2 (miles 1.8) – After a fun, roller-coaster ride over undulating slickrock, you arrive at loop parking area for Dellenbaugh Tunnel. Do not ride beyond this point. Follow signs and cairns on short hike to tunnel. You must climb down a steep rock wall into a depression to reach tunnel entrance.
  6. Staging (miles 3.6) – Return to staging area and bear left (west) on Spring Canyon Point Road.
  7. (miles 1.6) – Stay left where road goes right to Dripping Springs.
  8. WP3 (mile 2.6) – After cattle guard, turn left on lesser road. Cross short section of slickrock and stay right when road forks again.
  9. WP4 (mile 3.0) – Stay left and stop at end of road. Walk to Secret Spire in view. To continue west after seeing Secret Spire, return to last fork at WP4 and turn left. Follow trail west over undulating slickrock. Trail is not marked but faint tire tracks help define the route
  10. WP5 (mile 3.9) – Turn right on Spring Canyon Point Road and follow it east back to start.