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Circle O Trail
The Circle O trail is an excellent addition to Moab's selection of rides, new in 2007. The trail is 100% slickrock, on top of Entrada sandstone. The Circle O trail itself is only about 3.5 miles long with only 200 feet absolute elevation change. But to get there, you need to ride part of the Bar M trail, so the shortest total ride that includes the Circle O will be about 10 miles. You can get to the Circle O by riding the Bar M in either direction. I prefer to ride clockwise, starting north on old 191, then circling south toward the Circle O. In this direction, you'll pass the "finish" point of the Circle O about 3 miles from the start, but you'll continue on the Bar M to the Circle O's official "start" a mile later.
Circle-O, counterclockwise from northern Bar-M
0.0  L out of parking, North on old 191
       N38 39.223 W109 40.469
1.2  Curve R on DT
       N38 40.134 W109 41.020
1.5  Find ST along edge of gorge
       N38 40.111 W109 40.814
1.9  R up wash, L on DT
       N38 39.954 W109 40.481
2.6  Keep R (L=return from loop)
       N38 39.646 W109 39.868
2.9  Straight (L) on Bar M
       N38 39.488 W109 39.716

3.9  Fork L on DT (leave Bar M)
       N38 39.129 W109 39.121
4.1  DT ends, start ST
       N38 39.166 W109 38.907
7.0  R on DT
       N38 39.712 W109 39.689
7.2  Back at Bar M
       N38 39.646 W109 39.868
       Fork R for lariat loop
       (Fork L to complete Bar M loop)
10   Parking

Getting there:  From the north exiting I-70,drive south on US-191 for 22 miles. From Moab, drive 7 miles north from the Colorado River on 191. When you see the Gemini Bridges parking area, look for a gravel road on the opposite side (east, away from the cliffs). Turn onto the gravel road and immediately go right, then right again into the parking area. GPS N 38 39.38' W 109 40.66'. The trail starts by riding the gravel road either north or south. Our ride description assumes you'll ride north (left out of the parking lot).

Copyright 2007 Mad Scientist Software Inc. Trail conditions change. Use this trail guide at your own risk.