Moab Utah - Kane Creek Canyon Rim Trail

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Last updated 09/06/2015

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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 Rim Trail

Highlights: Follow difficult but scenic trail to an outstanding overlook of Kane Creek Canyon. Many legal side roads to explore. Avoid this trail three days in mid-October, when thousands of bikers flood the area for the 24 Hours of Moab Bike Race. Some of the trail follows segments of "Tip Toe Behind th Rock's" Jeep Trail. This trail is steep, rocky ledges that are difficult for ATV's. Some ledges have bypasses, some do not. For advanced riders only. Don't go alone.

Getting There: Starting at Kane Creek Road and Highway 191 in Moab (at McDonald's Restaurant), drive south 12.4 miles on Highway 191. After a long, steep hill, turn right after mile marker 113 onto a wide dirt road. Drive a short distance past cattle guard to park. Follow directions to Picture Frame Arch Trail.

  1. Staging (mile 0) – After following directions for Picture Frame Arch Trail, you arrive at Picture Frame Arch. Turn right at arch and head downhill over ledges. Road becomes sandy across open area, then gets rocky again.
  2. (miles 1.3) – Continue straight at 4-way intersection. Left has nasty ledge.
  3. WP1 (miles 1.9) – Turn left at 4-way intersection. Drop downhill. Trail is rocky with small ledges.
  4. WP2 (miles 3.5) – Turn right uphill at "T."
  5. (miles 3.7) – Continue straight up difficult ledge.
  6. (miles 3.9) – A steep, black slickrock climb to right s called "Hummer Hill." Bear right but don't go up the hill. Follow bypass ledge around to the left.
  7. WP3 (miles 4.3) – Bear left. Right goes to a popular extreme Jeep obstacle called "White Knuckle Hill."
  8. (miles 4.5) – Continue straight.
  9. (miles 4.7) – Continue straight up challenging ledges.
  10. (miles 5.4) – Bear right.
  11. (miles 5.7) – Stay right where road joins on left.
  12. (miles 6.0) – Bear left.
  13. (miles 6.2) – Take bypass around big ledge.
  14. WP4 (miles 6.5) – Bear left where road splits just before reaching main road. Tun right on main road.
  15. WP5 (miles 7.4) – Bear left off main road to reach overlook.
  16. WP6 (miles 9.1) – Stay left to reach outstanding overlook of Kane Creek Canyon. Road continues short distance. Return to main road to explore other areas or go back to start.