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.
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.
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.
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