Rough Canyon

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3/5 (2 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 05/03/2019

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Rough Canyon is located on the border of Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky district and is yet another example of Utah’s endless beauty. No, this trail is not necessarily “rough”, however, it does offer a rollercoaster effect as it bobs up and over rolling red sand knolls; small in size, but fun none the less. The trail wraps around the north side of the large dome known as Whitbeck Rock, while Beehive Butte is likely to catch your eye in the distance to the west. You’ll trek across grassy plains with the occasional juniper tree, eventually descending down toward the rocky canyon rim. The end of the trail meets up with the park boundary and vehicle access stops. From here you can hike the 1.3 miles to the rim of the canyon, where you will not be disappointed.

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3/5 (2)
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 03/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Same as other review. Cool rocks in the beginning and some good camp spots. Couple fun rock sections and sandy bits. First one down this season and didn’t go the whole way before turning around.
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 03/10/2018

This trail is more or less a dud as compared to some of other trails in the area. The rock formations in the first half are spectacular, but after those, it peters out scenic wise.

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