Black Dragon Wash

Green River, Utah (Emery County)

Last Updated: 10/02/2019
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 8.6 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
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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

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.947283, -110.518695

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 (5)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I ran this solo E to W (uphill) in my LC100 in early April '20 while pulling a small offroad trailer. The wash was dry. It was a bit of a challenge to follow the track as the UTVs are using both the wash and the road and have created a braided route. This ends up causing you to occasionally dead end at a waterfall or large rock obstacle on occasion but it's not a big deal. The main route has the occasional obstacle but nothing hard. The canyon and the draw above it is beautiful. There is a herd of burro living in the area and we go to see them. We finished with a high speed run through Buckhorn Draw to get up to a campsite on the Wedge Overlook before sunset.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We ran this one backwards to connect it with several other trails. The trail was pretty easy for us but there were a couple spots we had to double check that we were on the right track. It obviously changes with every big rain, so it made us pay attention a little bit more. The petroglyphs were definitely worth walking up too. We camped for free in our big rig on Buckhorn Draw Road and were able to access a ton of great trails. The video shows clips from our one day easy loop through some very cool terrain.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Pics and video to come: Nothing too hard on this trail but it sure has some awesome scenery. Four Jeeps in our crew taking in the relaxing trip. Had lunch on the trail and noticed that there were no noises anywhere.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Was able to do this awesome trail in my stock 2015 Cherokee Trailhawk. There were a couple spots that required some slow crawls over rocks, but didn't have any real difficulty getting through. There wasn't any water for me to cross. Plus the Pictographs were pretty cool as well. All in all, good couple hour trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This was the first time I have run this trail. Although there were no challenging sections, this has been one of my favorite trails to this day. The scenery is incredible and you have a good chance of not running into anybody as long as it's not a Saturday in the fall or spring. We combined this with a trip to Jackass Benches and Swasey's Leap. Great short weekend!

Questions & Answers (2)

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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