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Moab Off Road Trail Spotlight: Cameo Cliffs

Not all the popular off-roading trails in Moab are meant for hardcore off-roading. Some are perfectly suited for leisurely scenic drives where you get to relax and appreciate nature and the beautiful southwestern setting. Such trails are ideal for winding down after a hectic week.

Today’s trail highlight focuses on one such trail: Cameo Cliffs.

Cameo Cliffs Trail Overview

The Cameo Cliffs area provides a combination of mild four-wheeling and stunning views of the area’s abundant scenery. These cliffs are located about 30 miles south of Moab and 18 miles north of Monticello. Should you pick this trail for your scenic drive, you’ll be doing much of your off-roading on a series of old mining routes marked for public use.

Much of the northern half of the trail route follows along cliff edges so those with a fear of heights should watch out for this. After winding through some iconic rock formations, the trail comes to an end at a dramatic overlook of Wilson Arch.

This 83-mile trail (28 being off-pavement) has a 4 rating and is part of the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. A stock 4x4 vehicle will have no problems completing the trail as long as the driver knows what they’re doing.

Trail Surface and Cameo Cliffs Scenery

This is one of those trails that afford great scenery, with plenty of photo ops along the way. Some of the notable rock formations to keep an eye out for include Yak Rock, Dragon Rock, Cameo Mesa, the Four Fins Overlook and the Wilson Arch overlook. The La Sal and the Abajo Mountains provide a striking background to the desert scenery and are sure to have you mesmerized by their beauty.

Much of the trail surface comprises a few small ledges, some dirt and sandy sections as well as some bumpy areas.

Trail Obstacles and other Cameo Cliffs Trail Details

This is a moderate trail that’s not too taxing. It works around Cameo Mesa and across Hook and Ladder Wash before climbing up to Dragon Rock. From there it bypasses Yak Rock and the Twin Meanie Rocks before winding up to the highest point of the trail. Once you pass the bumpy section that twists around Rattle Snake Hill, you’ll finally come to Wilson Point which will give you a great vantage point of Wilson Arch far below.

The magnificent scenery of the Cameo Cliffs trail might tempt you to go explore the surrounding area. However, off-roaders are advised to stick to designated trails and roads to help preserve the environment.

If you’re looking for a fun way to explore the wonderful trails we have in southern Utah, we encourage you to sign up for our trail ride events. Alternatively, you can pay us a visit at our auto shop in Moab or St. George and we’ll be glad to fill you in.

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