Gold Bar Canyon, Fun 4x4 obstacles
3 miles one way
Pack your own it can get very hot
You are in full sun 100 percent of the time. Sub block and chapstick is a great idea
Most of the trail is about medium difficulty but one obstacle is very hard and not for beginners
In UTV's or 4x4 vehicles yes but this is not a trail for beginners on ATV's
Trail Head at Gemini Bridges Road:38.60002 N, 109.67256 W
Junction with Golden Spike Trail:38.60824 N, 109.63671 W
Gold Bar Rim is a short, fun off road trail near Moab, Utah. For this ride we had several ATV’s, one dirt bike, and one UTV. The trail is mostly pretty easy but with one large obstacle that may make it impassable to many. On a Jeep or Truck you will need at least 33 inch tires and probably at least a rear locker. On a UTV this would probably be rated right in the middle of the difficulty scale. The trail is pretty easy on a dirt bike. On an ATV the one obstacle is definitely on the tougher side. Climbing the waterfall obstacle is no cake walk and I definitely recommend you bring a hand line to help hold the front ends down as you climb. With a little partner assist the trail is very doable and a lot of fun. There are several options for this trail. You can make a loop out of it with the Rusty Nail Trail. (Not suitable for ATV’s) You can do it as an out and back. You can also do it as a long route starting with Poison Spider Mesa, taking Golden Spike to Gold Bar Rim and heading out on the Gemini Bridges Trail. We took the long route and it was an awesome day ride but tiring. To do just Gold Bar Rim you will park at the Gemini Bridges Trail Head and head several miles up the road to the turn off for Gold Bar Rim which is signed.
The scenery is great at the start but gets better from there.
You will quickly come to the big obstacle known as the “Waterfall.” This is the spot you will definitely want some partner assist if you are on ATV’s. It is steeper than pictures make it look but it is doable with 4×4 and some help. You go down this obstacle on the way out and climb it on the way back. The video at the bottom will show more views as well.
There are many smaller and fairly easy obstacles. These are a lot of fun!
The higher you climb you start to get better views of the huge La Sal Mountains.
You are climbing a lot of the way on a thin rock shelf.
Just before you reach the Golden Spike trail you will see the crown jewel of the ride. At this point you are on the rim of the very deep Gold Bar Canyon. This was an awesome area.
After the rim you can go on a short spur trail to an overlook high above the highway north of Moab. Some of our group missed the turn and so we didn’t all get split up we passed on the overlook. I have been in the past and it is very pretty.
Here is a short video that was an overview of our ride on the trail.
As already mentioned you can return the way you came, if you aren’t on ATV’s you can take the Rusty Nail Trail, or you can go out via Golden Spike and Poison Spider.
This is a great trail that makes a perfect half day ride if you mix it with a short side visit to Gemini Bridges and Bull Canyon which are both easy detours off the main road. This is a great one for ATV’s and UTV’s but may not have enough hard obstacles for the hardcore off road vehicles.