The classic Gold Bar Rim Trail is now called the Gold Bar 4x4. It takes you up ledges of Kayenta sandstone to a viewpoint on the cliffs high above the entrance to the Moab Valley. After leaving the Gemini Bridges road, the trail becomes advanced technical, with a strenuous aerobic climb. The Gold Bar 4x4 itself is an out-and-back to the overlook, 8.5 miles each way. Is this NOT what you were looking for? See our other pages for the Gold Bar Singletrack and the Gold Bar Rim Singletrack cliffside slickrock route .
You'll find plenty of ledges, so practice your uphill attack and downhill ledge drops.
Consider carefully before you commit to either of the point-to-point options. These rides are NOT easy. After the first 5 miles, there's no cruising. Again and again, you face tough technical climbing followed by brakes-on, butt over the wheel technical descents. The Golden Spike Trail and the Gold Bar Rim will take everything you've got.
On Poison Spider, you'll ride mounds of Navajo Sandstone as you cross the mesa, then drop down to the river on an advanced-technical ride.
0.0 Head across the tracks and turn left (south)
4.3 Turn left (off the Gemini Bridges road) just before it climbs a hill
4.8 Gold Bar ST crosses N38 36.097 W109 39.346
5.3 Fork, keep L
5.8 Fork, keep L N38 36.097 W109 39.346
(R = Rusty Nail)
Reaching open rock, follow "gold bars" painted on rock
8.3 Golden Spike joins, go L
8.5 At turn-around, overlook. End of trail for out-and-back
For epic ride, backtrack 0.2, south (left) on Golden Spike
14.1 Trail to Portal forks L before fence (easy to miss)
15.0 Portal singletrack goes R at cliffs
GPS N 38° 35.033' W 109° 35.688'
Back at road at mile 17.5
For Poison Spider, keep R at above fork
Follow little "jeeps" painted on the rock
Back at road at mile 21.2
Getting there: Drive south on US-191 for 16 miles south of I-70 (about 15 miles north of Moab). Spot the parking area on the west (right as you head toward Moab) side of the road. GPS N 38° 39.381' W 109° 40.672'. Park in front of the railroad tracks, and head out west on the road. (Note: this is private parking, and requires payment of a fee. Free parking is available across the highway at the Bar M trailhead.)
To leave a shuttle at the Poison Spider trailhead, go 6 miles down U-278 then right up a short dirt road with a sign that says "Dinosaur Tracks." GPS is N 38° 31.917' W 109° 36.473'.
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Single-page riding guide for printing.
Lodging, camping, shops: Links to Moab area resources