Geyser Pass Winter Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

The Geyser Pass winter recreation area is used as the trailhead/parking area for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and Nordic and backcountry ski trails on the west side of the La Sals. This is the farthest portion of the Geyser Pass road that is plowed in winter and motorized travel beyond this point (except over-snow vehicles such as snowmobiles) is not allowed from December 15th- May 20th each year. This trailhead provides access to the Gold Basin area, a favorite winter destination for skiers and snowshoers. Snowmobilers are prohibited from Gold Basin but may enjoy the many meadows along the Geyser Pass Road #071 beyond this trailhead. 

This popular area sees many different types of users such as Nordic skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers. Please respect one another and observe standard trail etiquette: snowmobilers yield to both skiers and snowshoers and snowshoers yield to skiers. 

Please also respect the groomed tracks. If not skiing, please walk or snowmobile to the far right of the trail, leaving the goomed ski tracks intact.

For a map of the snowmobile closure area in Gold Basin, click here.

For a map of the Geyser Pass Nordic trails, click here.

This trailhead is also used in other seasons by recreationists going to Burro Pass. This trailhead is easier to travel to (and park at) than continuing on the steep and rough road from here to the main Geyser Pass Trailhead.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Please call the Moab Ranger District if you need further information. 
Area Amenities: Toilets
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Motorized (wheeled) vehicles are prohibited on Geyser Pass Rd (#071) beyond the winter recreation parking area from December 15th-May 20th every year. There is a snowmobile closure for the Gold Basin Area. You can look at the closure on the map here.
Closest Towns: Moab, UT
Water: Water is not available
Restroom: Vault Toliet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Moab Ranger District (435) 259-7155

General Information


From Moab, head south on US-191/Main St and travel 7.8 miles. Turn left onto Co Rd #127/Old Airport Rd (brown sign indicating Ken’s Lake and La Sals is located at the turn on US-191) and travel 0.6 miles. Turn right at the stop sign on to the La Sal Mountain Loop Rd.,Forest Road #046 and travel 11.5 miles. Turn right on to Geyser Pass Rd (FS Rd #71) and travel about 6 miles to the winter recreation parking lot where the road ends from Dec 15th - May 15th every year. There is a vault toliet and a kiosk marking the location.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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Toilets: vault toliet at winter trailhead

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