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Moab, Utah, United States

Gold Bar Rim 4x4 Trail, Moab, UT

Big ledges with great overlook at the end

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Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 8.2 miles / 13.2 km
Duration: Half day
Overview: Popular hard-core trail with great view at top. Often driven downhill in opposite direction described here as continuation of Golden Spike. (Available as FunTreks eGuide on EveryTrail.) Open all year weather permitting. Best time to go: Spring and Fall. Located on BLM land. For current status call Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office at (435) 259-2100.


Difficult. Many difficult ledges, especially at the top. For modified vehicles with very high ground clearance, lockers, large tires and good articulation. Follow painted white gold bar symbols and tire marks.

This trail is one of 55 trails from the book, Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, 2nd Edition, by Charles Wells, and is available at

Tips: Be prepared to pay fee to park if you use the lot. Watch for lots of mountain bikers heading to Gemini Bridges. (Available as FunTreks eGuide on EveryTrail.) Take plenty of drinking water especially in the hot summer months. Make sure your vehicle is in tiptop condition and always travel with other vehicles.

Trail conditions can change without notice. FunTreks, Inc. and its owner and employees are not responsible for injury, death, or vehicle damage as a result of using this guide. The content of this guide is the property of FunTreks, Inc. and is made available to the user pursuant to EveryTrail’s Terms of Service (

Points of Interest


Parking Lot at Start

Turn west into parking lot. Unlicensed vehicles can unload here; however, there is a fee to park. Continue west across railroad tracks, then turn south.

High Shelf Road

Road climbs high above Highway 191 with great views looking south. Watch for lots of mountain bikers.

Camping on Left

Road on left goes to Bride Arch and secluded camping.

Gooney Bird Rock

Pass distinctive Gooney Bird Rock on left.

T Intersection

Bear left here for Gold Bar Rim Trail. Right uphill goes to Gemini Bridges Trail and Bull Canyon, both available as FunTreks eGuides on EveryTrail.

Monticello Rock

Turn left at another "T" intersection. Rock formation ahead is called Monticello Rock.

Rusty Nail on Right

Extreme Jeep Trail called Rusty Nail goes right here. Stay left as Gold Bar Rim gets more difficult.

Giant Ledge

You'll drop down a giant ledge. Its more difficult driving in the other direction if you have to come up it.

Mushroom Rock

After skirting cliff edge above Gold Bar Canyon, you'll circle around distinctive Mushroom Rock.

End of Gold Bar Rim

Trail ends here at another big ledge. After this point you are on Golden Spike. Walk uphill a short distance to see outstanding overlook.
Pictures in this guide taken by: FunTreks, FunTreks

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