Poison Spider Mesa forms one of the cliff features that is part of the Moab landscape northwest of town. The mesa is bordered on the east by Moab Valley and on the south by the Colorado River. Access is via Scenic Byway 279. The trail climbs to the rim via the sloping rock layers. The first few miles of trail must be retraced, but most of the travel time will be spent on a loop that reaches the rim. It has become one of Moab’s most popular trails because it has great scenery and because the 4-wheeling is just challenging enough to be fun without quite being a vehicle buster. Incidentally, we love the name, but the population of Black Widows is probably no greater than other local areas. Approximate mileage: 37 total, 16 off highway.
The vista across the fins and Behind the Rocks toward the La Sal Mountains is as fine as they come. The rim view overlooks Moab 1,000 feet below and includes a 300 degree panoram.
Much of the loop portion is on Navajo Sandstone slickrock, with one stretch of 0.4 miles of bare rock. There are also rock ledges, sandy washbottom, and two blow-sand hills.
After some initonal switchbacks that travel is making tougher, and a sandy flat stretch, a sondy canyon leads to the “Waterfall”. Ascent is over several rock ledges in the next quarter mile that give the trail its rating. There is an optional V-notch section that makes for great pictures, either triumphant or tragic. The scenery all day is worth the trip itself.
Ride Along Tour in Our Highly Customized Jeep
The Ride-along tour is our most convenient touring experience because you can just show up to town and get into our highly customized $100,000 Jeep Wranger Rubicon Hard Rock edition vehicle and let our professional tour guide escort you through the Moab area wilderness. For those of you who are visiting and want to get into the backcountry without renting a 4×4, or you own a 4×4 but travelled so far that bringing your vehicle was overly burdensome, then this tour will get you into the gorgeous Moab experience ASAP. The 4 person limit includes 2 average sized adults and 2 children.
Follow Along Tour in Your Jeep
If you bring your own 4×4 vehicle or you have rented a 4×4 but are new to the Moab experience, our Follow Along tour is a great start for maximizing your time while here on vacation. We will provide you with an exciting introductory tour of the greater Moab sphere of influence without any time wasted. The tour experience is the same as the Ride Along, but you get the satisfaction of driving the route yourself. For in-vehicle group communications we provide your vehicle a CB radio that has been tested and tuned so as we can stay in contact with us while en-route.