Moab Utah - Kane Creek Canyon Trail

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  • United States: UT

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.

Kane Creek Canyon Trail

Highlights: Challenging and scenic trip into narrowing, remote canyon with many water crossings. Don't go alone. Stay on main route at all times. This area has been heavily abused by irresponsible riders who think they can go anywhere they see a small path. Trail could be closed if abuses continue.This trail is rocky and washed out in places. More than 20 significant creek crossings, some of which are deep even during dry periods. I found the worst crossing mid-thigh deep.

Getting There: From the south side of Moab at the McDonald's Restaurant on Main Street, take Kane creek Road west. Bear left at first large fork and head south along the Colorado River. When pavement ends at 4.7 miles, turn right into second parking lot just after cattle guard.

  1. Staging (mile 0) – Head south from parking lot on wide firt road with high cliffs and blind curves. Pass Amasa Back Bike Trail, Hunter Canyon Hiking Trailhead and fee camping spots.
  2. WP1 (miles 6.6/0.0) – Turn left at sign for Kane Creek Canyon. When road splits three ways, take first road to left downhill and cross creek. After creek, follow road uphill to right.
  3. (miles 3.7) – Bear left and follow bypass around deep ravine.
  4. (miles 4.2) – Rocky road follows ledge along creek.
  5. (miles 4.8) – Creek crossing begins wet portion of route.
  6. (miles 5.0) – Bear left and cross creek at some point. Roads to right eventually end in mud or thicket.
  7. WP2 (miles 5.5) – Deepest crossing. Make sure it's not too deep for your ATV.
  8. WP3 (miles 7.2) – Pass through opening in fence. This ends swampiest portion of route but more water crossings follow.
  9. (miles 10.2) – After sandy whoop-ti-dos, cross creek and climb to higher ground along right side on canyon.
  10. (miles 10.7) – Come down off ledge road and cross creek. Pass through stretch where trail follows creek.
  11. (miles 11.4) – Leave creek and climb up rocky shelf road on right.
  12. WP4 (miles 11.6) – Shelf road rounds a corner and turns right uphill over large boulders and big rock ledges. This is the Jeep route. A small ATV/hiking trail goes left here to a semi-level parking spot. Beyond is a small shelf road that drops steeply downhill to an extremely difficult creek crossing. I recommend most people turn around here, but it is possible to continue another 2.6 miles to Highway 191. Walk down and look at crossing. There's not much room to turn around at the bottom of hill.
  13. Staging (mile 36.4) – Return to start.