South Fork of Coal Wash

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4/5 (4 reviews)
Ferron, Utah (Emery County)
Last Updated: 08/07/2023
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South Fork Coal Wash, nestled within the stunning San Rafael Swell, captivates visitors with its striking beauty and geological wonders. This remote and awe-inspiring canyon, located in central Utah, showcases towering cliffs, intricate rock formations, and a vibrant array of colors. With its natural beauty, South Fork Coal Wash stands as a captivating testament to the remarkable landscapes found within the San Rafael Swell. This trail is also run in conjunction with Eva Conover to make for a full day of exploring such an amazing area.

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Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/17/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took this on the way to the Eva Connover. Made for a really fun, beautiful day in the San Raphael Swell
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 08/06/2023
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/31/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We came in on this trail from N Fork Coal Wash and took Eva Conover from here. It was a decent trail, nothing technical. Some cool sites and sand dunes that we wore the dogs out on. The water here is spotty here and there. But it stinks! You don’t want this stuff in your rig!
Trail Review: South Fork of Coal Wash - Donny McCurdy
Trail Review: South Fork of Coal Wash - Donny McCurdy
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/02/2019

We ran this pretty easy trail to connect with others. We had no problem following the trail, it was pretty obvious. Super scenic region and a nice easy connector to other great trails. The video is of our one day loop through this beautiful region. We connected this trail with a few others for a mildly challenging day on the trail. We camped in our big rig rv along Buckhorn Draw Road, about a mile and half from I-70. It was easily accessible and free.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/26/2019

Combined with the Devils Racetrack, North Fork and Eva Conover this made for a great part of an adventure in the San Rafael Swell area. As far as trails go, there was no real challenge but we did have to cross a little bit of water periodically that had a rather pungent aroma. The water was from seeps and was not a big deal. As mentioned be aware of condition that could cause flash flooding since some higher ground escape routes could be few and far between with the cliff walls. The video ties the four trails together with some on screen annotations for reference.

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