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Western Mesa

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A rim trail in the southwestern corner of Rabbit Valley.

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Map Key

6.0

Miles

9.7

KM

Singletrack

4,962' 1,513 m

High

4,677' 1,425 m

Low

532' 162 m

Up

423' 129 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

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Open to motorized use.

Description

The Western Mesa trail must be accessed from either the Overlook trail or the Kokopelli Trail. It is great when combined with Arch Loop and Overlook for a lollipop loop.

The best access to the trail is from I70 at the Westwater exit #227 just west of the Colorado, Utah border. 1/4 mile from the exit along Harley Dome Road (BLM 192) take the first left turn onto a doubletrack through a light industrial area. After 1/2 mile the doubletrack forks. Go right and in another 1/2 mile, the road intersects the Kokopelli Trail at another fork.

This is a good place to park if driving a low-clearance vehicle. Go left onto Kokopelli Trail at this fork for another 1/4 mile to another good parking space on the left overlooking the Kokopelli Trail climb from Rabbit Valley. This road ends at a primitive campground on the rim of the mesa. The Overlook trail begins on the left side of the doubletrack about 800' beyond Kokopelli Trail. Take either of these trails to Western Mesa.

If utilizing the Kokopelli Trail, ride 4 1/2 miles from the top of the steep climb out of Rabbit Valley. When the trail begins to orient more to the west and enters an area characterized by bare, greyish shale look for a fork to the left back to the east. This road connects to a low saddle between Overlook and Western Mesa trails.

Western Mesa trail is located along the eastern edge of the rim above Rabbit Valley. Ride 2 miles south along the rim to an overlook. From here the trail winds north/northwest clockwise and eventually back to the east, ending at a doubletrack road after about 3 1/2 miles.

From here, travel north on the doubletrack, passing the Arch Loop trail on the left back to the low saddle. Continue on to either the Kokopelli Trail or the Overlook back to the vehicle.

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Occasional short punchy climbs keep Western Mesa more difficult than the vertical profile suggests.
May 14, 2015 near Moab, UT
Rocky ledge drops on Western Mesa
May 14, 2015 near Moab, UT
Views of the La Sal range near Moab
May 14, 2015 near Moab, UT
overlook
Nov 5, 2018 near Moab, UT
fall colors...
Nov 5, 2018 near Moab, UT
overlook
Nov 5, 2018 near Moab, UT

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Jun 7, 2020
Stone N
Perfect conditions now, but won't last long. If you can't ride now, wait until the fall or until more rain falls in the area.
Mar 12, 2016
Molly Brown