Golden Spike 4x4 Trail

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Golden Spike 4x4 Trail is a 20 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Moab, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

20.0 miles 2995 feet Point to Point

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving


wild flowers



One of the most popular and difficult trails in Moab Golden Spike is in the middle of two other difficult trails: Poison Spider and Gold Bar Rim. Golden Spike is a dream trail of challenging obstacles, which include such well-known names as the Launch Pad, Skyline Drive, the Golden Crack, the Golden Stairs, The Wall and Double Whammy. Much of the trail skirts the edge of high cliffs overlooking Moab. The trail cannot be accessed directly from any paved highway. To reach Golden Spike you must first drive Poison Spider Mesa from the south or Gold Bar Rim from the north. Most people drive the trail from the south, as it is described here. 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. Rating: Difficult. One of the toughest and most time-consuming trails in the Moab area. Climb and descend numerous high rock ledges. Daunting slickrock maneuvers. Few bypasses. Differential lockers, high ground clearance, and body protection highly recommended. Vehicle suspension is severely tested.

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