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Rimrocker Trail

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Other Names

Uncompahgre National Forest, Ouray Ranger District, Manti-la Sal National Forest, Moab Ranger District, Tabeguache Creek, San Miguel River, Dolores River, Rim Rocker Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This offroad trail spans 160 miles and runs east to west from Montrose, Colorado to Moab, Utah. The trail is mostly and old but maintained mining road that winds between canyons, streams, rivers, rugged hill sides and boulders while offering stunning views of aspen, pine and juniper trees.

Most of the terrain consists of hard packed roads with occasional loose chunk rock. The trail is well marked and there are several kiosks with maps scattered throughout the route, plus several Forest Service campgrounds that permit direct trail access. Iron Springs and Columbine campgrounds are free but the campground at Buckeye Reservoir charges a small nightly fee.

Since the trail crosses both Colorado and Utah state lines, visitors need to obtain both Utah and Colorado offroad stickers. There is a short segment of paved road (Hwy 141) that needs to be crossed to complete the route (vehicles must be street legal to cross this section). The county is currently working on a bypass for non-street legal vehicles.

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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV and Utah Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoColorado and Utah Non-Resident OHV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM, National Forest, County Land


Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Pioneer Camground  - $10/night. No fee charged at Iron Springs or Columbine campgrounds.


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
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Nearest CityMontrose, CO
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Montrose, CO
1) Take County Road 90 west 8.8 miles
2) Staging area is on the left (south).

From Moab, Utah:
1) Take Hwy 191 south about 7 miles
2) Turn left (east) onto Old Airport Road, continue .6 miles
3) Turn right (south) onto La Sal Mountain Loop, continue about 1 mile
4) Trailhead is on the right.


Contact InfoBLM - Uncompahgre Field Office
2465 South Townsend Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401
(970) 240-5300
Contact InfoUncompahgre National Forest - Ouray Ranger District
2505 S. Townsend Ave
Montrose, CO 81401
(970) 240-5300
Contact InfoManti-la Sal National Forest - Moab Ranger District
62 East 100 North
Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-7155
Contact InfoMontrose County - Rimrocker Trail
317 South 2nd Street
Montrose, CO 81401
(970) 249-7755



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Miles Of Trail160
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5600 to 9840 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintainedtrail is marked with fluorescent green posts
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline GasolineMontrose, CO
Diesel DieselMontrose, CO
Potable Water WaterMontrose, CO
RV Hookups RV HookupMontrose, CO
RV Dump Station RV DisposalMontrose, CO
Primitive Camping CampgroundMontrose, CO
Convenience Store Conv StoreMontrose, CO
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