Top of the World Tour – $295 per vehicle
Top of the World is a viewpoint on Waring Mesa. It has a spectacular view of Fisher Valley, Onion Creek, and the La Sal Mountains, but this view is only part of a variety of landscapes seen from this trail. Waring Mesa is east of Moab and south of the Dewey Bridge crossing of the Colorado River. Approximate mileage: 74 miles total, 10 miles off highway.
The Entrada Sandstone is beautiful wherever it is exposed and we travel the base of a long stretch of its cliffs near the Colorado and Dolores Rivers. The Top of the World viewpoint is a cliff edge above Fisher Valley and Onion Creek with the La Sal Mountains in the southern background and vistas of distant plains and the Book Cliffs to the north. Narrow and opulently rich in color is the Onion Creek Canyon directly below which is different from anything else in the area.
There is some graded road, but most of the trail is broken and layered rock. Shelves of varying sized are encountered along the 4×4 section of the trip both ascending to the overlook and then descending from it.
The Top of the World viewpoint is worth the trip even without the other great scenery. The trail turns off Utah 128 at the site of the old Dewey Bridge that burned a few years ago. It uses a graded country road to climb a fair portion of the altitude gain necessary to get to the viewpoint, but when it finally departs from this road the 4-wheeling fun begins in earnest. But this is not meant to discount the part of the trail that is on the county road as the colors in the sandstone are spectacular.
The 4-wheeling section features many elements of loose rock interspersed with several difficult shelf type climbs that will test both vehicles and the driver’s resolve to reach the viewpoint overlooking Onion Creek. Once there the view is 360 degrees. Often times the winds here can be impressive as well as a flood of air rising from the valley below.
Each vehicle can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. If you have a larger group call us in advance to arrange a third row seat ($25 per person).