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Golden Spike

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Location Moab, UT
Rating Difficult,
Length 6.7mi
Time 5hrs

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Top-rated, hard-core trail features frame-twisting “Golden Crack.”

One of Moab’s longest and most popular trails, with nonstop obstacles and many stunning overlooks. Its length comes from the fact that, to complete the trail, you must drive half of Poison Spider Mesa, all of Gold Bar Rim, and part of Gemini Bridges. Because breakdowns are common, it’s not unusual for people to finish well after dark. Therefore, it is recommended that you start early and travel with other vehicles that can help. Allow extra time on weekends when traffic is heavier. If your only interest is to drive the “Golden Crack”, save time by entering from the north end. The trail is extremely difficult for riders of ATVs.



Trail Ratings Defined

Modified vehicles with very high ground clearance, big tires, body armor, and lockers both ends. Articulation is severely tested. This trail takes a heavy toll on vehicles if they are not properly equipped. Pack plenty of water and food. A breakdown in the summer for someone unprepared can be life threatening.






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