The Western Mesa Trail must be accessed from either the Overlook trail or the Kokopelli Trail
. It is great when combined with Arch Loop
and Overlook for a lollipop loop.
The best access to the trail is from I70 at the Westwater exit #227 just west of the Colorado, Utah border. 1/4 mile from the exit along Harley Dome Road (BLM 192) take the first left turn onto a doubletrack through a light industrial area. After 1/2 mile the doubletrack forks. Go right and in another 1/2 mile, the road intersects the Kokopelli Trail
at another fork.
This is a good place to park if driving a low-clearance vehicle. Go left onto Kokopelli Trail
at this fork for another 1/4 mile to another good parking space on the left overlooking the Kokopelli Trail
climb from Rabbit Valley. This road ends at a primitive campground on the rim of the mesa. The Overlook trail begins on the left side of the doubletrack about 800' beyond Kokopelli Trail
. Take either of these trails to Western Mesa.
If utilizing the Kokopelli Trail
, hike 4 1/2 miles from the top of the steep climb out of Rabbit Valley. When the trail begins to orient more to the west and enters an area characterized by bare, greyish shale look for a fork to the left back to the east. This road connects to a low saddle between Overlook and Western Mesa trails.
Western Mesa Trail is located along the eastern edge of the rim above Rabbit Valley. Hike 2 miles south along the rim to an overlook. From here the trail winds north/northwest clockwise and eventually back to the east, ending at a doubletrack road after about 3 1/2 miles.
From here, travel north on the doubletrack, passing the Arch Loop
trail on the left back to the low saddle. Continue on to either the Kokopelli Trail
or the Overlook back to the vehicle.