Top of the World

Top of the World, one of the gnarliest roads in Moab

Located in Moab, Utah, in USA, Top of the World is a viewpoint on Waring Mesa. At the top you are treated to one killer view on a 3,000-foot cliff overlook. It does feature one of the most scenic drives and best views in Moab — or perhaps all of Utah.

This is a must do trail if you are visiting Moab. There are lots of viewpoints, official and unofficial. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time for photos. The trail ends at a lookout point overlooking one of the most picturesque and panoramic views of the beautiful Utah landscape. Be careful along cliff edge at top; there are no handrails. This location is not suitable for children. There are no safety features protecting travelers from the sheer drops off the view point. Utilize extreme caution around the upper edge of top of the world.

The viewpoint is one of Moab’s best views ever. The journey offers an exhilarating driving experience, with superb views. An incredible journey, an unforgettable experience. Its 360° view and the unique photo opportunity it gives you are worth the tough drive. The trail leads to arguably the most epic viewpoint in Moab and is not to be missed. The amazing canyon view is worth the trip. This is definitely one road trip that you want to record with lots of photographs. It ends at a lookout point overlooking massive panoramic views of the Utah Landscape with spectacular views of Fisher Valley, Onion Creek, and the La Sal Mountains.
The trail to the viewpoint is quite bumpy with a few obstacles. The trail is 6.6 miles each way. Recommended oversized tire, high clearance and a rear locker. Drivers with a heavy throttle foot could potentially break an axle if not careful. This ride is reserved for very strong climbers who can handle some technical rock. No longer recommended for stock SUVs. Be sure to bring sufficient tools and gear to fix any issues that may arise with your vehicle because it's a very long walk to the nearest assistance.

Due to the high elevations and exposure, the trail is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. Often times the winds here can be impressive as well with a flood of air rising up from the valley below. It''s one tough climb through slickrock, rock shelves and slickrock steps. Cell phone service is surprisingly clear considering the remote location. The surface of the trail is broken layered rock. Shelves of varying sizes are encountered along the 4X4 sections. Loose rock, ledges, bedrock, sand and a bit of slickrock and hardpac. The last few miles are for extremely capable vehicles. Definitely recommended 35" tires and a minimum 3" lift and lockers to get up to the end. 
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