Black Rock Canyon

Eureka, Utah (Tooele County)

Last Updated: 05/12/2018
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.29 miles
Highest Elevation: 7000 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Eureka
Nearest Town w/ Services: Eureka
Official Road Name: Black Rock Canyon
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: West Desert Field Office


Highlight: Black Rock Canyon
This is the most well known off-road trail in the area, although still pretty abandoned most of the year. This is a popular trail to get from Saratoga to Vernon Reservoir following a section of the Prospector OHV Complex. This complex is hundreds of miles of dirt roads ranging from Tooele to Eureka, and Utah Lake to Dugway. You could spend days on the trails and never see the same thing twice. The mines in the area are the main reason for the off-roading though, as this used to be one of the biggest mining areas in the state of Utah. There are still plenty of mines that you can explore if you know where they are. Nutty Putty Cave, although now closed off, is one of the more famous of them all and even has a movie out about the story of the man whose body still remains within the walls. Black Rock Canyon is the only trail to take you straight up and over the East Tintic Mountains allowing you to reach a whole new area of trails. The View is a spur off of this trail and provides one of the best views of the West Desert in Utah. Be sure to pack plenty of food and water as it is easy to get lost on all of the spurs out here, and bring a flashlight to explore some caves!


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is right where all of the camping is. Plenty of parking to air down and pow wow but it will be a nice easy ride.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Cedar Fort, Utah

Follow UT 73 for about nine miles. After nine miles, make a slight left onto the dirt road labeled Railroad Bed Road. Follow this road for about 14 miles, until you run into a T. Go left/east at the T and continue for 2.5 miles. Black Rock Canyon trailhead will be straight ahead.



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TJ Bosworth

Mapping Crew - Utah

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he's only been off-roading since he was 16 but fell in love immediately. He attended college in Denver for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management and wheeled in Colorado for 4 years, but ended up moving back home to Salt Lake City. He currently works in an off-road shop and spends his free time doing anything he can to stay busy, which is usually working on his jeep or playing music. Outside of off-roading, he is an avid whitewater rafter and outdoor cook. Camping at least every other weekend in any season is a normal year. The further from civilization, the better. Bring on the memories!
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