Black Dragon Wash

Green River, Utah (Emery County)

Last Updated: 10/02/2019
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 8.58 miles
Highest Elevation: 5845 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Green River
Nearest Town w/ Services: Green River
Official Road Name: Black Dragon Road
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Price Field Office


Highlight: Black Dragon Wash
Black Dragon Canyon has a lot of history behind it dating back to the Native Americans as shown by the incredible pictographs found on this trail. These pictographs are considered to be some of the best in Central Utah. This trail combines incredible history, amazing photographs of the high canyon walls, and even a few challenges along the way. The end of the trail is very close to Green River so you can stock up for a long day out in the Swell, or this is a nice trail to end the day since you can jump right onto the freeway.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead starts off to the right/east off of Jackass Benches.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Green River, Utah

Jump on I70 east and get off at exit 131in 28.5 miles. Turn north off of the exit. Follow Buckhorn Draw Road for 5.5 miles to the trailhead for Swaseys Leap on the right (east). Then, follow Swaseys Leap for 4.5 Miles until the turnoff for Jackass Benches. Take Jackass Benches for 2.1 miles until the trailhead for Black Dragon Canyon on the right (east).



Trail Reviews (8)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Is Black Dragon Wash access closed from I-70 at mile marker 147? Google Maps has a note that states that it is currently closed.
–Cactus Hill (10/15/2021)
–Cactus Hill (10/15/2021)
Q: Waypoint 7, how tight is it for a full size pickup?
–Rejean Barbeau (05/14/2020)
–TJ Bosworth (05/15/2020)
Q: Is there a bypass for Waypoint 12? The rocky section of the trail?
–Chris Li (06/29/2017)
–Chris Li (06/30/2017)
–TJ Bosworth (06/30/2017)
–Todd (06/30/2017)

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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