Boondocks

Rating: 
Round Trip Distance: 1.3 - 1.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Skill level:
Elevation: 4397 - 4510 feet
Cellphone: 1-4 bars
Time: 45 mins.
Trailhead: Parking Area A
Fee: none
Attractions: Scenic trail




The Boondocks trail is located in the Klonzo Mountain Biking Area north of Moab, Utah. The trail makes a loop around a scenic valley just below the Dunestone trail with which it also makes two connections. The Klonzo system is located off of the Willow Springs Road about 12 miles north of Moab. It has undergone several phases of trail building that in 2012 opened with the North section of trails. In 2014 the South section was completed and the Gravitron trail was added in the North. Primitive camping is allowed along the Willow Springs Road except in the Klonzo area itself. At present there are no facilities so if you are camping you will need to bring a portable toilet along with you.


The Boondocks trail begins off of the Dunestone trail a quarter mile from Parking Area A. To get to the parking area drive about 12 miles north of Moab, or 18 miles south from the Crescent Junction exit of Interstate 70, and turn east on the Willow Springs Road. Follow the dirt road for about 2.7 miles paying attention to the signs that direct traffic to the Klonzo area. The road passes through a big sandy wash that might require a 4-wheel drive at times. If you have to stop in the wash it is easy to get stuck in the loose sand. Passenger cars can find a place to park before the wash and begin from there.


From Dunestone the trail drops over the small bluff and in less than 300 feet comes to the fork where the loop starts. For this post we followed the loop to the left in the clockwise direction.


From the fork the trail works its way north across the small valley.


Most of the hilly parts along the west side of the Boondocks trail are pretty easy.


A short connector trail that runs up to the Dunestone trail comes up at the 0.45 mile point. This is also the point where the Boondocks trail begins looping back.


If you take the connector you will have to climb a much steeper hill to get to the Dunestone trail. The connector trail is 0.22 miles in length. For this post we rode the connector up to Dunestone and then back down to finish the loop. That is why our overall distance came out to 1.7 miles rather than 1.3.


The east side of the loop follows the contour of the cliffs.


On this side of the loop there are a few hills that are quite a bit steeper than those along the west side of the loop. They aren't too bad though going in the clockwise direction that we are riding.


They did a good job routing the trail through what boulders there were to make it more aesthetically pleasing and fun to ride.


The east side of the loop is just under 3/4 of a mile when it comes to an end at the point it began. (Funny thing about loops. They always seem to begin and end at the same point.)



From the end of the loop it is 264 feet back up the hill to where the Boondocks trail began at its junction with Dunestone. We have a printable topo map with all the Klonzo trails marked on it and the BLM has a much prettier overall map that you can also print and take along. At the time that we rode the Klonzo trails not all of the intersections had locator maps so taking a map with you might prove to be useful. Whatever you choose don't miss out on the Boondocks trail. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.