Dome Plateau


Dome Plateau is a large highland area north of the Colorado River and east of Arches National Park. To reach the region from Moab, one must travel more than 25 miles of highway to enter either from U.S. 191 on the west, I-70 on the north, or UT 128 just beyond Dewey Bridge on the east. The southern highlands are forested with pinyon and juniper and are cut by canyons. The northern section, particularly the Poison Strip and Yellowcat, is the locale of many old vanadium and uranium mines. In fact, the whole area sees little traffic these days. The “3″ rating is a compromise between the very easy parts and one hill that is a little harder.



The trail goes up the Colorado River to leave the highway just past the Dewey Bridge. It follows below the line of Entrada Sandstone cliffs that have three noteworthy arches in the first few miles. The plateau slopes upward to the south but is broken by canyons, two of which are crossed on the way to the prime viewpoint high above the Colorado River. To return toward the north, the trail views distant arches in Arches National Park and passes near La Boca Arch. The area near the mine ruins has colorful exposures of the Morrison Formation.


Road Surface

Most of the trail is dirt. The eastern part is sandy, rocky, and bumpy, but the northern and western parts have silty dirt that becomes impassable when wet. One hill has some rock ledges and loose rock. There are about 30 miles of paved access road at each end of the trail.



The Colorado River Canyon is an exceptional sight both from along the river and from the cliffs 1,700 feet above it. “Again-and-Again Hill” seems in the middle of nowhere.