Boren Mesa Trail -- Moab

Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune In this photograph from Oct. 1, 2011, the top of the Boren Mesa Trail provides an autumn view of the La Sal Mountains.


The Boren Mesa Trail proves there's more than red rocks in Moab. The aspen forest begins immediately at the trailhead and provides great fall colors or a cool escape from the Moab heat in the summer. Boren Mesa sits halfway between the trailhead and Oowah Lake. After crossing the mesa, it's downhill to the lake. Watch for range cattle.

Getting there: From Moab, take U.S. Highway 191 south about seven miles and turn east at the signs for Kens Lake. Drive past the lake about 0.6 miles and turn right onto La Sal Mountain Loop Road. Follow it up the mountain 11.5 miles and bear right at a "Y" intersection marked as Forest Road 071. Take that road about 21/2 miles. The trailhead will be on your left.


-- Nate Carlisle

Region: Grand County

Destination: Oowah Lake

Distance: 5.6 miles

Time: 3 hours

Elevation Gain: 623 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 1


First published 2011-10-14