Lockhart Canyon

Monticello, Utah (SanJuan County)

Last Updated: 02/16/2018
4 / 5 ( 1 review )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 5.7 miles
Highest Elevation: 4187 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Monticello
Nearest Town w/ Services: Monticello
Official Road Name: N/A
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Monticello Field Office
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Highlight: Lockhart Canyon
Lockhart Canyon is situated near the Canyonlands National Park Needles District, directly off of the popular and iconic Lockhart Basin. It is an entirely different driving experience altogether than the more popular trail. Taking you to the edge of the Colorado River, it travels deep into a canyon following a wash almost the entire time. Remote and scenic, this off-road trail gives you plenty of fun wash driving and should definitely be done if you are doing the entire Lockhart Basin Trail.



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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Follow the northwestern fork. The road starts off easier and eventually deteriorates as you travel it.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.329011, -109.678183

Starting Point: Moab, Utah

Take Highway 191 south 40 miles and turn onto Highway 211. Follow Highway 211 29 miles and turn right onto County Road 122. This road turns into Lockhart Basin (BLM #B122), follow it 15.5 Miles to the trailhead. It is possible you will see BLM markers stating road #1, simply stay on the more defined and graded road the entire time until you see the sign for Lockhart Canyon.



Trail Reviews (3)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It's a fun trail with great scenery.Once you cross the fence and get into Canyonlands it becomes nearly impossible to go much further. The last half mile or so of the trail is very difficult. There is a river bed you have to drop into and the bank on the other side is nearly vertical to climb back out. There were a few tire tracks of people that attempted it (including us) but no one looked like they made it close. There is another way around, but it would require bouncing off and over a a lot of rocks in rock garden that I wasn't willing to do. So if you expect to be able to get to the end of the trail and see the river you might think twice.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
What a great trail! Not super tough but super fun. You follow a sandy wash for a way and then end up in some nice vegetated areas before you reach the banks of the Colorado River. I would definitely recommend doing this one as an add-on to Lockhart Basin.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Just before finishing Lockhart basin, we did a spur into Lockhart Canyon, a fun Sandy wash, but not a trail to race through with abandon. Washouts had made many sections a nice challenge, including a squeeze fat Bastard couldn't quite fit though. Thankfully, now with the sun out for hours the ground was soft and shaved away fairly easily as we clearanced our way through. Definitely a fun little canyon to play in, so don't miss a chance to check it out.

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