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Thompson Canyon, Polar Mesa

1 Review
Location Moab, UT
Rating Easy,
Length 27.6mi
Time 6hrs

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Easy tour of remote mining country.

Move at your own pace along this less-traveled route that provides respite from Moab’s hot summers. Enjoy broad views in every direction from high viewpoints. See abandoned mine ruins. Involves long, scenic drives going in and coming out. Unlicensed vehicles are legal; however, there are just a few side roads to explore. Watch for mountain bikers following the Kokopelli Trail. Great fall color.


Trail Ratings Defined

The road is fairly wide and in good condition most of the way. Steep climbs are rougher. Lingering snow in the spring and wet conditions can increase difficulty. Suitable for stock high-clearance 4x4 SUVs.






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435-259-7155Manti-La Sal N.F, Moab Ranger District, 62 East 100 North, Moab, UT

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Submitted by Scott
Just drove this today (10/20/23) after completing Onion Creek. I’d consider upping the rating to moderate. A few of the steep climbs have decent ledges, maybe bottom end of moderate, but still moderate. We ran into a group of other wheelers who had your book, but had stopped because they thought surely this wasn’t the “easy” trail described in the book!

Submitted by Julie
The trail is impassable once you get to the La Sal National Forest. Deep snow still covers the road. We were lucky to make it to waypoint 3 to turn around, but not after getting stuck a few times. The trail is easy but would be challenging for a beginner.


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Steve Fischer says

We drove this trail after completing Trail #53 Onion Creek. Drove the trail in a completely stock 2020 Cherokee Trailhawk. 4WD Low was necessary in several spots, but overall the trail was as described and fairly easy. At MM1.7 we were glad we were traveling the route as described as it's fairly steep leading up to that gate from the opposite direction. Great views. Only saw 3 other vehicles on the entire trail today 8/11/2022.
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