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Pausing by the mountains for a family portrait.

The Rimrocker Trail is an off-road and OHV route from Montrose, Colorado to Moab, Utah. The trail traverses terrain from pine and aspen forests to rolling hills of sage and cactus. The road condition varies from regularly graded gravel to rutted dirt roads and one seasonal high water crossing. The trail winds through federal and private land, flirts with cliff sides and rolling prairie. And while some stretches may get you down, the highs are consistently breathtaking.

Given the length and notably different terrain we traveled through, we split our analysis of the trail into three sections. For a little ATV this trail could be a relatively quickly covered. But, with a long bed truck and hard-sided slide-in camper, we took the trail at a leisurely pace, completing it in 48 hours.

Before You Start

Much of the trail winds through regions without cell service. Don't count on road signs, Google maps, or other general purpose driving software to clarify your route. Make sure all of your directions are downloaded or printed out.

The Rimrocker trail has extensive and detailed maps and written descriptions with critical information for anyone that wants to attempt this trail. Be sure to stop by the visitors center in Montrose or Moab before departure to pick up or print out the packet of detailed directions and map (Colorado Map | Utah Map) produced by the Rimrocker Trail team. There are no mile markers along the trail, so be cognizant of when the directions tell you to reset your trip meter so that you can maintain a sense of what part of the trail you are on and anticipate major turns.

Consider this writeup as a review. I'm here to wet your appetite and point out the highlights. (Yes, I think some of it is skippable). The Rimrocker detailed directions will tell you how to get there safely.

The Rimrocker constantly skirts cliffs sides for amazing and terrifying views.

The Rimrocker constantly skirts cliffs sides for amazing and terrifying views.

Vintage truck camper crossing over into Utah's wide open prairies.

Crossing over into Utah's wide open prairies.

Digging into the Details

The devil is in the details but we can logically break this trail into three sections and drill into the distinctive terrain and challenges that come with each step. We even have some workaround for larger rigs not suited for stretches of the trail not high or wide enough for large overlanding vehicles.

Lexi lives in a truck camper down by the river.

Comments:

  • Jonathan Carrasco

    September 28, 2020

    Hello,
    Do you recall any spots where height clearance could be an issue?
    Thanks,
    Jon

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    • admin

      September 30, 2020

      Absolutely! The section from Montrose to Nucla is free and clear. Those roads are used by timber trucks so the clearance is well maintained. From Nucla to the Utah border is also fairly clear. It’s very dry with boulders and scrub brush until you reach the evergreens in the Monti-La Sal National Forest. These trails are generally managed but the small trail that turns off Two Mile Road is incredibly overgrown. It’s fine for small trucks, jeeps, and such. But there isn’t clearance for tall and wide rigs. We left with some nasty scratches and dents.

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  • Jonathan Carrasco

    October 5, 2020

    Thanks for that additional info. Also, I really appreciate the detailed areas which can be bypassed. This will definitely help with our upcoming trip.

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