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Moab Off Road Trail Spotlight: Porcupine Rim Ladies Run

We love encouraging avid off-roaders to take part in the different events that help them explore the various trails that Southern Utah has to offer. One of the biggest off-roading events is the Winter 4X4 Jamboree. To make things more interesting, the event covers a variety of off-roading trails, not just the most popular ones in Moab.

To encourage more participation from women, the event came up with the Porcupine Rim Ladies Run. For this ladies' day trip, the entire family is allowed to participate but only female members of the group are allowed to drive. Let’s take a look at the Porcupine Rim trail.

Porcupine Rim Ladies Run Trail Overview

The trail starts about 9.5 miles from Moab at a water tank beside the Sand Flats Road. At first, it drops down to a ledge just above Negro Bill Canyon before following a series of narrow terraces along the upper slopes of the canyon. After that, it starts the bumpy ascent to the top of Porcupine Rim then the route doubles back to Sand Flats Road. You’ll grab lunch at Picture Rock which juts out over Castle Valley, giving you an awesome scenic vista of the entire area.

The Porcupine Rim trail is rated 5 and you’ll need tires that are at least 33” tall. You might not need a winch or front lockers but rear ones are required.

Porcupine Rim Ladies Run Trail Scenery and Surface

The elevation at Porcupine Rim is at 6800 feet, presenting a spectacular view of the area around. Castle Valley spreads out 1500 feet below and some of its prominent buttes can be clearly seen including Priest and the Nuns, Round Mountain, Castle Rock, and the Parriott Mesa. There are also fascinating views into Rill and Negro Bill Canyons. The La Sal Mountains to the southeast make a great backdrop for your pictures, especially if they are snowcapped.

For most of the trail, you’ll encounter spots of bedrock poking through in places alongside the usual slickrock found in the area.

Porcupine Rim Ladies Run Trail Details and Obstacles

The trail gives you a continuously bumpy ride with small to medium ledges to get over including the famous Driveline Ledge which is bypassable. Near the head of Negro Bill Canyon are some off-camber ledges that will test your vehicle’s articulation as well as your driving skills. As you approach the rim, you’ll encounter some large rocks protruding from the rock bed and you’ll need to carefully navigate over or around them. Getting into position at Picture Rock may require some maneuvering and take time but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking scenery. Overall, the trail is doable with a stock 4x4 but you might encounter challenges as you head to the rim.

To discover more fascinating trails, you can download some Southern Utah trail maps or visit our specialized Dixie 4 Wheel Drive auto shop in Moab. We’re always happy to talk shop or work on your vehicle before or after an adventure on the trails.


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