Comb Ridge

Bluff, Utah (SanJuan County)

Last Updated: 06/11/2020
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.04 miles
Highest Elevation: 4285 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Bluff
Nearest Town w/ Services: Bluff
Official Road Name: BLM Rd. 235
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Monticello, UT Field Office

Highlights

Highlight: Comb Ridge
A true hidden treasure in the Utah desert. This area is rich with both ancient and recent history. It is interesting that no more than a few hundred yards apart there are Anasazi ruins that date at nearly 1000 years old and remnants of an old west trading post dating at 130 years old. This mix of historical timelines is not common to find so immediately close together. Add that to imposing red rock formations and the lush green San Juan river valley this is an oasis that you can walk through time visiting.

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Technical Rating

( EASY - MODERATE )

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The Trailhead is well marked on the south side of US-163. A large BLM sign describing the historical significance of the area is present and signs highlighting the historical activity in the area are posted throughout the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Bluff, UT

From Bluff. UT: Head southwest on US-191 S/Main St toward 3rd W for 3.8 miles. Continue onto US-163 S for an additional 3.1 miles. US-163 will bend sharply North as it crests Comb Ridge. The trailhead is on the left .5 miles from the top of Comb Ridge.

Camping

Not allowed

Land Use Issues

A large part of southeastern Utah has been newly designated as the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument is a newly protected landscape in southeast Utah. History was made when the monument was designated by President Obama because it honored five Native American tribes - Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute and the Uintah-Ouray Ute Tribe - who sought to have their traditional lands set aside for preservation and continued traditional, recreational and scientific use. Vehicle access in this area has not been affected by this, however, large portions of this have been made a Wilderness/Scientific Study area. Please protect this area and stick to designated vehicle routes.

Trail Reviews (7)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: I am planning on visiting with a rented Jeep Compass. Do you think i will have any difficulty?
–Steve Runfeldt (06/01/2018)
–Greg Stokes (06/01/2018)
Q: Has access to this road changed at all with the new Bears Ears National Monument designation?
–Marc Nitz (05/24/2017)
–Greg Stokes (05/25/2017)

Writer Information

Greg Stokes

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Greg Stokes Is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been off-roading since childhood, his parents say his first trip was a Jeep run over Medano Pass when he was only 14 Months old. Greg has been at the wheel of everything from dirtbikes, ATV's, early Jeep CJ5's that he has restored, Wranglers, and presently explores in a 1997 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser and a 2016 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle. Greg is a proud Husband and Father of 3. His passion in the off road world is the vehicle-reliant world of Overlanding. He hopes to one day make it to Canada to Explore the Yukon and Northwest territories.
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