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Ride the ATV UTV Trail in Moab Utah Onion Creek

Updated on October 11, 2010

Join me and my Polaris buddies on a Moab Adventure

The Polaris Ranger RZR S is our choice for riding the trails in Southern Utah.
The Polaris Ranger RZR S is our choice for riding the trails in Southern Utah.

The Polaris Ranger RZR S is the way to explore Moab

Boy, oh boy! I am really enjoying my new Polaris Ranger RZR S. Polaris is the name to look for when you are thinking of buying a UTV.

If you are wondering what a UTV is, maybe you better check out my Hub on UTV ATV Trails in Southern Utah. In that Hub I discussed just exactly what a UTV was, and how great the Polaris Ranger RZR S actually is.

I also talked about a really cool ride I took when I visited Moab, Utah, to a place called Chicken Corners. I posted a ton of great pictures so that you could actually see the kind of stuff you might encounter on the trail. So, if you want to know about Chicken Corners, click here and read that Hub too.

Moab, Utah for UTV Riding

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Thousands of miles of 4-wheeling trails exist in the Canyonlands area. A variety of scenery and a range of challenging trails.

Directions to get to Moab, Utah

The UTV trail I want to share with you today is one that is also located in Moab, Utah.  Perhaps I should tell you exactly where Moab, Utah is.  Moab is located in the Southern part of the state of Utah. 

Directions from Las Vegas:

  • (Approximate 455 Miles)
  • Take the I-15 North, 241.7 miles. 
  • Take the I-70 East, exit number 132, towards Richfield/Denver 181.2 miles 
  • Take the US-191, exit number 182, towards Moab 31.4 miles.

Directions from Salt Lake City:

  • (Approximate 231 Miles)
  • Take the I-15 South 50 miles.
  • Take the US-6 exit 110 miles. 
  • Take the I-70 exit East 40 miles. 
  • Take the US-191, exit number 182, towards Moab 31.1 miles.

Directions from Phoenix:

  • (Approximate 463 Miles)
  • Take I-17 N towards FLAGSTAFF 137.6 miles 
  • Take the I-40 E exit, exit number 340A, Merge onto I-40 E. 5.0 miles 
  • Take the exit towards AZ-89/PAGE/GRAND CANYON. 0.4 miles 
  • Turn LEFT onto COUNTRY CLUB DR. 0.5 miles 
  • Take the US-89 N 62.2 miles 
  • Turn RIGHT onto US-160. 125.7 miles 
  • Turn LEFT onto US-191. 131.8 miles

Directions from Denver:

  • (Approximate 342 Miles)
  • Take the I-70 West 310.8 miles 
  • Take the US-191 exit 182 towards Moab 31.1 miles

The Beginning of the Onion Creek Trail

Prepare to see a lot of water!
Prepare to see a lot of water!

Onion Creek Trail, Moab, Utah

The adventure we went on today was a trip down the Onion Creek Trail. The Onion Creek Trail has a total different feel from the one we did yesterday at Chicken Corners. The Onion Creek Trail involves water and mud! Yes, you heard me correctly, while on this trail we actually crossed over Onion Creek 27 different times. That means you might get a little wet in the process. Never fear though, the Polaris is the vehicle that will get you through in a snap.

The trail itself starts from Highway 128 and takes you through the Richardson Amphitheater, which is actually a beautiful meadow located between the red mesas of the area.

The Onion Creek Trail starts off wide and easy to ride.

This is the first time we crossed the Onion Creek.
This is the first time we crossed the Onion Creek.
Totem Pole the 300 ft spire of rock on the left.
Totem Pole the 300 ft spire of rock on the left.
Notice the rugged terrain that looks similar to a sandcastle.
Notice the rugged terrain that looks similar to a sandcastle.
The trail is surrounded by greenery.
The trail is surrounded by greenery.

Onion Creek Trail, more like "the road less traveled".

As we progressed further along the Onion Creek Trail the trail began to look a little more like “the road less traveled”. But, for us, it was no problem because we had the Polaris Ranger RZR S which seems to be able to make it through any situation. The trail just got rougher and narrower  as we progressed along.

Onion Creek Trail turned into a narrow rocky path.

As we pressed forward the trail became more rocky and more trees started to appear.
As we pressed forward the trail became more rocky and more trees started to appear.
Each time the trail took a turn, it seemed to go across Onion Creek one more time.
Each time the trail took a turn, it seemed to go across Onion Creek one more time.
Climbing over the rocks was no problem for the Polaris Ranger RZR.
Climbing over the rocks was no problem for the Polaris Ranger RZR.
At times it seemed like there was no trail at all, and we just seemed to follow the creek.
At times it seemed like there was no trail at all, and we just seemed to follow the creek.
We literally were climbing over boulders to forge a trail ahead.
We literally were climbing over boulders to forge a trail ahead.
Eventually we turned around and decided to head back the way we came.
Eventually we turned around and decided to head back the way we came.
We still had to cross Onion Creek to make our way home.
We still had to cross Onion Creek to make our way home.

Onion Creek Trail is "World Class Adventure"

The familiar red cliffs welcomed us as we all returned back to the beginning in one piece.  A little wet, and tired from a great day on the trail.  The Moab countryside is always an adventure and exploring it makes for some first class excitement.  Everybody who went on the Onion Creek Trail had a great time, even the furry ones.

Back at the Beginning but a little dirtier than we started!

The beautiful red cliffs welcomed us back to the beginning of The Onion Creek Trail.
The beautiful red cliffs welcomed us back to the beginning of The Onion Creek Trail.
Even our furry friends became a different shade because of the dust on the trail.
Even our furry friends became a different shade because of the dust on the trail.

Safety is a must when you ride the Polaris!

TIP of the day for the Trail:  It is always good to make sure you travel in twos. Use the buddy system, it just makes sense!  Never go alone when you go exploring, always be prepared for the unexpected. Stay safe, and have fun!

Our next adventure in Moab is Fins and Things.

Join me for another Moab UTV trail adventure as I explore Fins and Things tomorrow.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - talk about great photographs!! Love them all. The one of the dogs in the back at the end is just classic. I've always wanted to see Moab. Many of my friends here in Bend enjoy 4x4s too. Can you rent UTVs? Curious! Thumbs up again - can't wait for the next hub!

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      In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California

      Step-Great idea on something to cover in my next hub... thanks girl! lol These people take all the dogs on every ride! Amazing huh? lol

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, that must have been fun and a great adventure. Thank you for these wonderful photos. Nature is so beautiful

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      This looks like WAY TOO MUCH fun. The cliffs are gorgeous, and you have THE CUTEST DOGS EVER!!!

      Oh darn... now I'm dying to get a UTV and go to Moab, too.

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      In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California

      @Hello, hello- Moab has a beauty all its own. And,yes, riding in a UTV like the Polaris Ranger RZR is a total blast! Glad you enjoyed the ride!

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      In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California

      @SimoneSmith- Looks like you are going to be busy visiting all kinds of places all over the world. This ride was really fun. These are not my dogs, they belong to a family friend. Aren't they funny?

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