Copper Ridge Trail
This trail is a combination of several roads north of Moab and near the western boundary of Arches National Park. It lies east of the Moab Fault, so is in younger rock formations than many of our trails. Its slickrock is the top of the Entrada Formation, and its views are often of erosions into that formation. Prominent scenic exposures are in an area called Klondike Bluffs; you may have seen a preview on your way here from Highway 191. Some of the roads are on the softer Morrison Formation, which can be impassably slippery when wet. In case it is completely dry, most of the trail could have a lower rating, but there are eroded trail portions that can challenge stock vehicles. Approximate mileage: 64 total; 35 off highway.
Difficulty Rating: 3 (old 3)
Scenery: The trail goes to an unexpected and beautiful pour-off of lower Sevenmile Canyon and past the slickrock area where Courthouse Wash first cuts into the Entrada Formation. The Klondike Bluffs exposure of white-capped red rock towers and canyon walls are at a moderate distance. There is a good view of Tower Arch, and some other arches are seen at a distance.
Road Surface: Most of the trail is dirt and rocky dirt, but there are a couple of long stretches of slickrock, and some broad, sandy washbottom.
Highlights: After a brief ride in sandy Courthouse Wash the trail goes near colorful hills that have yielded dinosaur bones. Toward the end of the day, some nicely exposed dinosaur tracks are visited on foot. Following the main section of slickrock are two steep climbs on eroded dirt and rock. It also passes a few remnants of a movie set used in the 1960's film "Blue" with Ricardo Montalban.
Information courtesy of Red Rock 4-Wheelers, Inc
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