Summary: The 6 rated Steel Bender trail follows a historic wagon road that works its way up from a beautiful canyon to elevations above 6,000 feet. It features 2 creek crossings, numerous steep ledges, and two challenging rocky climbs that have bypasses.
Location: Steel Bender starts on private land immediately northeast of the Moab Golf Course and ends at Kens Lake. This is a trail that can be run in reverse and is becoming increasingly popular to do so. It lies between Highway 191 and the La Sal mountains.
The Trail: Popular hard-core trail with numerous challenging ledges. Ledge after Way Point 03 has gotten tall. People have been using an illegal bypass, but it will be closed. There is talk of improving the ledge to make it easier, but this was not done at the time of this writing. Very challenging for UTVs approaching Way Point 02. Stay out of the wilderness study area that surrounds the trail.
A well-marked trail that is easy to navigate. It is surrounded by a wilderness study area, so it is critical that you stay on marked routes at all times. Most obstacles have by-passes, there is one however that does not.
Do NOT attempt without a spotter or strap. This trail will test your suspension with most of the trail navigating various sizes of boulders. Panoramic vistas of rock canyons and mesas mixed with serene creek canyons and up-close views of the snow-covered La Sal mountains will keep your eyes in awe all throughout the trail.