Bartlett Wash Road

3.8/5 (7 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 04/18/2022
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This is a convenient and easy four-wheel-drive road near Moab, Utah, making you feel like you are deep in the desert outback. Bartlett Wash Road is suitable for most vehicles and connects you to Tusher Tunnel, Hidden Canyon, and Dubinky Well Road.

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3.8/5 (7 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Today I went looking for Petroglyphs and pictographs and instead stumbled upon the old Halfway Stage Station ruin, an amazing natural tunnel (Tusher Tunnel) and a beautiful Hidden Canyon. Explored the following trails: Tusher Tunnel, Bartlett wash road, Hidden Canyon, Hidden canyon overlook, Courthouse Rock, The Halfway Stage Station aka: Upper Courthouse Rock Station, is a ruin site that is located off of Mill Canyon rd. This station served as the half way mark between Moab and Thompson which is where the train station was. It was 35 miles between Moab and Thomson so travelers would stop for lunch on there way to or from Thompson. The stage coach trip was 35 miles and took 8 hours to complete. Some patrons chose to spend the night at halfway station continuing on the following day. Freight wagons would almost always overnight at halfway station. The former Thompson station was last used in 1997 and was demolished in early 2016, . Thompson Springs was named for E.W. Thompson, who lived near the springs and operated a sawmill to the north near the Book Cliffs. The town began life in the late nineteenth century as a station stop on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW), which had been completed through the area in 1883. A post office at the site was established in 1890, under the name "Thompson's". (The official designation by the United States Postal Service is still "Thompson".) The town was a community center for the small number of farmers and ranchers living in the inhospitable region, and it was also a prominent shipping point for cattle that were run in the Book Cliffs area. Stockmen from both San Juan and Grand counties used Thompson. Thompson gained importance in the early twentieth century due to the development of coal mines in Sego Canyon, north of town. Commercial mining in Sego Canyon began in 1911, and that year the Ballard and Thompson Railroad was constructed to connect the mines with the railhead at Thompson. The railroad branch line and mines continued operating until about 1950..
Tracy Barker
Official Crew
28400
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 04/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I made a quick run down Bartlett Wash from Blue Hills Road (north of Moab); not a lot has changed but there seems to be more "bedrock" road surface, as if much of the sand has blown away.
Trail Review: Bartlett Wash Road - Tracy Barker
Trail Review: Bartlett Wash Road - Tracy Barker
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Tracy Barker
Official Crew
28400
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/23/2021

I used Bartlett Wash to access several other roads on Day 3 of my Moab trip. I entered from the south, driving north. Found the wash wet between WP7 and WP6. Also, there was a wire cattle gate just north of WP6 (open to pass, close behind you). Lots of free-range cattle in this section, too, so be mindful of your speed.
Trail Review: Bartlett Wash Road - Tracy Barker
Trail Review: Bartlett Wash Road - Tracy Barker
Tracy Barker
Official Crew
28400
Status: Open
Visited: 05/16/2018

I drove Bartlett Wash Road from south to north and took some friends from the Isuzu Trader and Isuzu Wheelers (Facebook groups) to see the Tusher Tunnel. Bartlett Wash Road is always a great drive due to the incredible scenery.
Todd
Official Crew
102250
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 03/13/2018

Beautiful sunny day on a beautiful trail. Bartlett Wash is a great road and I enjoy it every time I drive it. Ran it from south to north with it starting sandy riding along the edge of a never-ending sandstone formation before it dropped into the wash where some water was still standing among the trees only to come out in a dry and rocky landscape. Such a great trail to experience all the different landscapes.

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