Jackass Benches

Green River, Utah (Emery County)

Last Updated: 06/15/2019
2 / 5 ( 1 review )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 6102 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Green River
Nearest Town w/ Services: Green River
Official Road Name: Jackass Benches
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Price Field Office
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Highlight: Jackass Benches
The Jackass Benches are a series of small mesas on the eastern side of the San Rafael Swell just west of Green River, Utah. They are named for the wild donkeys that roam the area. This offroad 4x4 trail runs along the east side of the Benches and is a nice alternate route to return from Swasey's Leap. It also provides access to the trailheads for Sulphur Springs and Black Dragon Wash. There are amazing high desert scenery and lots of wide, open spaces.



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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Jackass Benches goes northeast from Waypoint 11 on Swasey's Leap. If you are coming from the south and intend to skip the last part of Swasey's Leap out to the gate, simply turn right at Waypoint 11 to begin Jackass Benches. If you are returning from the end of Swasey's Leap, turn left when you get back to Waypoint 11.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.973776, -110.524452

Starting Point: Swasey's Leap

To complete this trail from north to south as described here, run Swasey's Leap to Waypoint 11 (or, better yet, run it all the way then return to Waypoint 11). Jackass Benches goes northeast from this waypoint. To complete this trail from south to north, run Swasey's Leap to Waypoint 7 and turn right onto Jackass Benches. Another option to go from south to north is to run Rattlesnake Flat to Swasey's Leap Waypoint 4, Swasey's Leap from Waypoint 4 to Waypoint 7 and turn right onto Jackass Benches. If you are just trying to connect to Black Dragon Wash , this is the quickest route.



Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Nothing special. There is some decent camping away from the masses and it gives you access to Black Dragon Wash which is an incredible trail. However, it is cool to see the wild burrows.

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Writer Information

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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