Sovereign Trail - TRAIL

Sovereign Trail - Trail, Moab, Utah

The southern end of the trail (the first part) is a bit sandy, but the payoff beyond is well worth the trouble! The trail varies between slickrock and dirt (some minor sand spots after the first portion). It drops in and out of several small but steep canyons. The downs rip, and the climbs test your legs and technical skills. The trail ends at Dalton Wells Rd. Turn around and ride the trail back. This is where it really gets fun. The return is more downhill than up, and while you still have to conquer the canyon climbs, the return is a much higher speed romp! One shop recommended this trail as a loop using several miles of sandy dirt road (both Willow Springs and Dalton Well) as well as a couple of miles on the highway. If you do it as a loop start at Dalton Well and ride north to south to get the benefit of the downhill. There is no benefit to the loop option unless you find the trail to be beyond your abilities. As an out and back, the trail rocks! And you don't save any real time making it a loop. I think the distance is greater, and the roads are sandy and not fun to ride. I strongly recommend the out and back starting from Willow Springs to get the downhill run at the end rather than the beginning. I guess you could do this as a shuttle too, but again, Why??? I am setting skill level at intermediate, but there are some challenging sections. Other riders might call this an advanced trail. It is Moab's only full singletrack ride! Check it out!!!

User Reviews (33)

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Don Despacio   Cross Country Rider [May 23, 2016]

So far, this is the only trail I've ridden at Moab. It is a crazy technical rock test. If you can ride this without dabbing or walking either way, you're a biking god. Unfortunately, it contains enough sand traps to be annoying. That likely varies from year to year. The ridge section above Dalton Well Road is very aesthetic.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
drlg   Cross Country Rider [Jan 08, 2011]

I rode Sovereign and Salt Wash in late December, so I imagine trail conditions were better than other times of the year (i.e. perfect weather, short sand sections were all ridable). Rode up Sovereign out-and-back, then rode Salt Wash up / Sovereign back. Both singletracks are relentless in intermediate obstacles (challenging short climbs, rock ledges, boulders, etc) with Salt Wash being a bit more difficult. Keeps you on your toes the whole time and entertained throughout the entire ride. Definitely worth the trip to Moab.

Customer Service

Start at Willow Springs Trailhead, up Sovereign to Intersect #6, down Salt Wash to Intersect #4, down Sovereign back to trailhead.

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5
VALUE
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3
Myotest   Weekend Warrior [Nov 07, 2010]

This was my first Moab ride, completely met expectations, and gassed me out on day 1. From what I understand, Sovereign has new sections, and it was very well organized with signs to keep you on track, and the motorized on their tracks. We did it as an out-n-back, I rode it HT 29er, which was ideal for handling some of the technical and enjoying the flow. I would call this intermediate +, with a few advanced sections worth admiring that I needed to walk. Heart rate workout, some power climbs, and real nice flow. If this is the "new Moab" the future is looking good!

Customer Service

Out and back, great both ways.

Similar Products Used: Baby Steps as a follow up ride if you are looking for something one notch down.
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5
VALUE
RATING
4
JRKitect   Cross Country Rider [May 18, 2009]

NiteRider took a wrong turn...or failed to turn - I did the same thing last weekend on my first Sovereign Ride. There is a left turn left less than 1/8 mile from the parking area that leads to the trail; if you don't take this turn then you'll end up taking a back way into Arches National Monument.
What a sweet ride! This is some of the sweetest singletrack that Moab has to offer. The flow is fantastic both ways and it has a little bit (or a lot) of everything: good, challenging climbs, fun descents, fun, do-able techicals, dirt, slickrock, etc. I'm coming back to this trail!

Customer Service

Out and Back

Similar Products Used: Blue Buffalo but I forgot where it is.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
29or6to4   Cross Country Rider [May 12, 2009]

Obviously NightRider took the Jeep Road and did not ride the single track! I know he did not clean the entire 16 miles. This is the new Moab. If your tired of all the Jeep road Who Ha riding and sick of the Classics this it the Singletrack for you. Its a blast.

Customer Service

Start at Willow Springs and do the out and back

Similar Products Used: The New M.O.A.B. trails are a fun warm up in early spring riding. Something new to play on.
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5
VALUE
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3
nightrider76   Racer [Apr 07, 2009]

this trail is an absolute joke. no vert, countless sand pits, zero technical difficulty. just a complete waste of time. i cannot understand the rave reviews or all of the love that this trail receives. this is probably the worst trail i have ever ridden. simply put, this trail sucks! all i can say is WHY?

Customer Service

skip this trail and ride portal or something else that is worth your time

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
john   Racer [Apr 07, 2009]

this trail is an absolute joke. one of the worst trails i have ever ridden and a complete waste of time. no verticle, countless sand pits, zero technical difficulty. i do not understand all of the love and rave reviews that this trail receives because simply put, this trail sucks. all i can say is WHY?

Customer Service

skip this trail and head to portal or one of the other worthwhile trails in the area

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
crager34   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2008]

This is a premier single track trail and should not be missed.

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5
VALUE
RATING
4
land lover   Cross Country Rider [Apr 04, 2008]

My name is Clif Koontz. Through Ride with Respect, Dale Parriott and other volunteers created the Sovereign Trail System.

It includes the Sovereign Singletrack for two-wheelers and Sovereign ATV Loop for four-wheelers. The singletrack is pretty technical, while the ATV Loop is less so. As other reviews suggest, Willow Spring Road is generally the best starting point for pedal heads. Both Willow and Dalton have sandy wash crossings, so you might have to find a parking spot before reaching them.

In 2008, Ride with Respect completed a trail expansion to create looping opportunities. Naturally, the new sections are loose, but should compact (so long as riders avoid locking their brakes). Pickup the latest RwR map at local bike shops, or order one before your trip at RideWithRespect.org. Proceeds from the map go back to trail maintenance. To provide quality trails, our 501c3 nonprofit relies heavily on personal contributions of time and/or money. But I digress.

Customer Service

On the new map, you'll notice suggested travel directions. Rugged terrain forced our crew to construct several rather steep sections, which are best ridden downward for the sustainability of the trail (and your legs!). This means riding northward on Saltwash Singletrack, and south back on Sovereign. Several links (numbered 1-6) allow you to create other route options. This loop between Willow Spring and Dalton Well roads is only about ten miles.

For a change of scenery and fewer crowds, check out the other ten miles of trail north of Dalton. The Schwarck Switchback can be used to extend the traditional route from Willow. Terry's Tunnel is perhaps the most challenging section, so we kept its entry points kinda hidden. Garden Mesa tends to have loose rocks, but you could ride six miles of singletrack and possibly not see a soul.

Similar Products Used: In the high desert, it's key to bring lotsa water (like a gallon, not a quart), and stay precisely on the trail (by a matter of inches, not yards). Non-motorized singletrack exists both north and south of Sovereign (Baby Steps and Moab Brand Trails, courtesy of Trail Mix and Moab Trails Alliance).

If you choose to ride Sovereign, then anticipate encounters of the motorcycle kind. Most of the trail's sweat equity is from moto heads, so please tolerate responsible trail users, regardless of their modality. That means anyone who's legal, reasonably safe, considerate, and sticking to the trail. By all means, educate the ignorant, and report the careless.

Working for RwR, I've learned that 'user groups' share far more interests than they tend to realize. More quality singletrack, both motorized and mechanized, would benefit all recreationists in the long run. For better or worse, Moab's a changin'. So please ride right, and support responsible recreation!
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Clif Koontz   Cross Country Rider [Mar 28, 2008]

My name is Clif Koontz. Through Ride with Respect, Dale Parriott and other volunteers created the Sovereign Trail System.

It includes the Sovereign Singletrack for two-wheelers and Sovereign ATV Loop for four-wheelers. The singletrack is pretty technical, while the ATV Loop is less so. As other reviews suggest, Willow Spring Road is generally the best starting point for pedal heads. Both Willow and Dalton have sandy wash crossings, so you might have to find a parking spot before reaching them.

In 2008, Ride with Respect completed a trail expansion to create looping opportunities. Pickup the latest RwR map at local bike shops, or order one before your trip at RideWithRespect.org. Proceeds from the map go back to trail maintenance. To provide quality trails, our 501c3 nonprofit relies heavily on personal contributions of time and/or money. But I digress.

Customer Service

On the new map, you'll notice suggested travel directions. Rugged terrain forced our crew to construct several rather steep sections, which are best ridden downward for the sustainability of the trail (and your legs!). This means riding northward on Saltwash Singletrack, and south back on Sovereign. Several links (numbered 1-6) allow you to create other route options. This loop between Willow Spring and Dalton Well roads is only about ten miles.

For a change of scenery and fewer crowds, check out the other ten miles of trail north of Dalton. The Schwarck Switchback can be used to extend the traditional route from Willow. Terry's Tunnel is perhaps the most challenging section, so we kept its entry points kinda hidden. Garden Mesa tends to have loose rocks, but you could ride six miles of singletrack and possibly not see a soul.

Similar Products Used: In the high desert, it's key to bring lotsa water (like a gallon, not a quart), and stay precisely on the trail (by a matter of inches, not yards). Non-motorized singletrack is available both north and south of Sovereign (Baby Steps and Moab Brand Trails, courtesy of Trail Mix and Moab Trails Alliance).

If you choose to ride Sovereign, then anticipate encounters of the motorcycle kind. Most of the trail's sweat equity is from moto heads, so please tolerate responsible trail users, regardless of their modality. That means anyone who's legal, reasonably safe, considerate, and sticking to the trail. By all means, educate the ignorant, and report the careless.

Working for RwR, I've learned that 'user groups' share far more interests than they tend to realize. More quality singletrack, both motorized and mechanized, would benefit all recreationists in the long run. For better or worse, Moab's a changin'. So please ride right, and support responsible recreation!
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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