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10.6 mile 17.1 kilometer loop


Ascent: 871' 266 m
Descent: -870' -265 m
High: 4,829' 1,472 m
Low: 4,357' 1,328 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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A challenging introduction to the slickrock and singletrack of the Sovereign Trail System.

Leslie Kehmeier

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North of Moab, UT near Dalton Wells Road sits the Sovereign Trail Network, featuring more than 16 miles of desert singletrack.

The heart of the Sovereign system offers multiple loops and experiences from sandy jeep roads to technical slickrock.

The Sovereign trail itself links Willow Springs Road with Cedar Mountain and links to many other connector trails. There are a myriad of rides to be done in the area including the Sovereign - Cedar Mountain Loop and this Sovereign - Salt Wash Combo.

Need to Know

The Sovereign Trail system is open to hikers, horses, mountain bikes and motorcycles. Be prepared to yield the right away and dont be surprised to see some motorcyles riding some impossible looking rock ledges.


The Sovereign - Slickrock Combo is a challenging introduction to the slickrock and singletrack that includes an easy-ish warm up.

Starting from the inner Sovereign trailhead, ride east on a Jeep road. At the first intersection, turn right onto Copper Ridge Jeep Road. The route is often sandy and your legs will certainly be loosened up by the time you hit Willow Springs Road. Copper Ridge has a few short punchy climbs and some ledgy rocks slabs, but for the most part is just a series of gentle up and downs.

At Willow Springs Rd take a left. Ride the well traveled packed road towards the Sovereign Trailhead and then bear left onto Pipeline, a two-track that leads you to the Sovereign trail itself. As Pipeline bends right, you'll stay left and pass through a low wooden gate.

Here's where the slickrock and singletrack fun begins. You'll pedal your way over numerous fields of slickrock and coast through several sections of flowy singletrack. There's climbing, descending and flat riding along the way.

At the fourth link to the Salt Wash trail, turn left to avoid the huge climb in front of you. The L4 Sovereign Connect will skirt along the cliff edge and then interesect with Salt Wash before dropping you down and across a large wash. Unfortunately, you'll still have a big climb to tackle, but you get to ride more singletrack before the start of the grind.

After pedaling (and probably pushing) your bike up the hill, you'll top out on another slickrock shelf and continue to the north. Salt Wash has a tighter feel to it with more obstacles to navigate from side to side rather than just up and down.

After passing L5 Sovereign Connect, Salt Wash winds around the edge of the mesa to reconnect with Sovereign. Stay left here and then left again to descend down to Dalton Wells Road.

At the bottom bear left to return to the start of the route along the doubletrack road. To continue on Sovereign, ride straight down into the wash. The trail will head towards Cedar Mountain.


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Apr 5, 2019
Amanda Byrne
Nov 3, 2018
Sara Boyd
Oct 3, 2018
David Weaver
May 17, 2018
Steven McIntosh
Ran Salt wash & Sovereign as an out and back from the southern most parking area to avoid the sand wash and road section.
May 12, 2018
Gene Kemp
Feb 10, 2018
Stephen Klein
It rained.
Apr 27, 2017
Kristian Keane

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Ben Carelock
Cortez, CO
Ben Carelock   Cortez, CO
While this one isn't likely to wind up on anyone's list of favorite rides in Moab, I think it is way under rated. The character of this ride is a bit more rough hewn and adventurous than some of the more popular trails near by. A great place to just explore and link things up. If you're looking for well curated single track, this isn't it. Aug 30, 2017
San Juanderer
Durango, CO
San Juanderer   Durango, CO
Terrible loop on mostly sandy roads. Stick to the single track for more fun. Nov 18, 2017
Zoë Zeerip
Moab, UT
Zoë Zeerip   Moab, UT
Half of the trail is a sand road that is more suited for ATVs. At one point I had to cross over a barded wire fence. Once I got on the eastern part of the trail it was much better and a lot more fun. Feb 13, 2019

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