Devil's Racetrack

Ferron, Utah (Emery County)

Last Updated: 10/31/2018
4.9 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 7.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 7173 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Ferron
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ferron
Official Road Name: 641
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Price Field Office
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Highlights

Highlight: Devil's Racetrack
This is an absolutely iconic trail in the San Rafael Swell area. You can see for miles on end along a good majority of the trail. There are also a number of natural arches you spot while driving the almost 8 miles. Although this trail may not provide a lot of challenges, it is well worth the trip if you happen to be in the area. Combine this trail with Fixit Pass for a good morning to early evening trip, leaving room for a little time at camp before it gets dark. This trail is fairly well traveled so you will likely see somebody at some point if you are here on the weekends. Weekdays could be hit or miss. Even with its popularity, keep in mind that this area of Utah is known for flash floods and quick weather change. Due to the isolation, be prepared with plenty of food and water and extra clothes in case of emergency.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is to the left just after the underpass.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.868533, -110.779245

Starting Point: Green River, Utah

Take I70 west until exit 131 (about 29 miles). Off of the exit, head south over the cattle grate where the road bends right (west) at a kiosk. The road will be labeled Temple Mountain Road. Follow Temple Mountain Road for 3.9 miles until you intersect with Road Draw. Follow Road Draw 5.1 miles, keeping right at all intersections, until you hit the underpass. Right after the underpass is the trailhead on the left.

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Trail Reviews (9)

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Reasonably new to offroading, and this trail was the most challenging to date, and also the most fun! Had a motley crew of a group; a 3" lifted Tacoma on 33s, 3" lifted FJ on 33s, stock Wrangler on 33s, 2" lifted 4runner on 32s, a side by side, and a Pinzgauer. We were in no rush, and took our time finding lines for everyone. Took about 9 hours for a loop starting near swasey cabin via DR, fixit pass, and returning via Nielsen Dugway (included lunch, and letting several groups of sidexsides play through on razorback). The wrangler and the 4 runner scraped in a few places, but no damage, and the 4runner wished it had a hitch skid plate like the Tacoma, which was used on several occasions. Never need to winch or strap anyone, though some used the bypass on razorback and the ledges. Razorback may look daunting at first, but take your time and find a good line and go get it! I think everyone used less than a half tank of gas. Fixit pass was in great shape. Some online videos looked rough, but it was in good shape (spring 2021) and frankly too easy after DR challenges! Racing through the wash was fun, slipper arch is incredible, and Nielsen dugway had some obstacles and a bit slow-growing, but nothing to be concerned about. Fun loop. The next day, did Eagle canyon, eva conover, south fork coal wash, and fuller's bottom (river crossing was easy with around 15cfs) to the wedge overlook on the way home to salt lake. Great trip!

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This is an extremely fun trail with spectacular views and rock formations. It is very remote, so make sure you have everything you may need, food, water, tools, parts, etc.

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This is the second time I have run DR and this trail does not disappoint. Tied in to North and South Fork Coal Wash then Eva Conover to make a day of this with an extra long lunch and breaks to take in the views. Our previous visit we went over to Fix It pass. A total of 4 Jeeps in our trek and the weather was as perfect as it gets on an Autumn Day! Our start to the day was a visit to Locomotive Point to see the pictographs. We took over 8 hours to complete the trails but there was no need to rush and I think our lunch break alone was an hour and a half. We encountered only two other small groups running the opposite direction. Video is lengthy (46 minutes) as it covers the four trails and is reduced from over 8 hours of raw footage. I have placed a few on screen notations for reference.

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Very awesome trail if you are just a casual offroader and haven't done anything intense before this would be a pretty intense trail for you. We did it in the winter time middle of December and let me tell you there is more than enough snow on this trail. One part is very dicey though you need to be extremely careful of the rock crawling area one wrong move and it's all over. I had a 98 Toyota 4runner 4wd and my buddy had his 04 Nissan Xterra 2wd yes I said 2wd he only needed help with his winch on a couple spots. But I came out with a couple snapped ball joint bolts but an easy fix on the trail overall really fun.

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First time on the trail and it was a lot of fun. Not too hard for someone that has done trails like the Rubicon or Dusy-Ershim, but it stayed interesting throughout. Now the scenery was something else on this trail. I found myself constantly looking around and enjoying the views. Sort of distracting at times.

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It is always a good time on this trail. The weather was perfect this time of year and the scenery as stunning as ever. Definitely a must do in the area!

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Devil's Racetrack is one of my favorite trails. It offers a little bit of everything; you can string it together with a few other trails for a long overland type trip, it has a little bit of rock crawling and the scenery is pretty amazing!.

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On Saturday, April 1, 2017 several members of the Calvary 4-Wheelers out of Broomfield, Colorado ran the Devil’s Racetrack as part of our Spring Break trip to Green River and the San Rafael Swell. I was leading in my lifted Cherokee on 31s followed by Karen in her stock TJ, Richard driving Missy’s stock TJ, Cheri in her lifted YJ on 33s and, running tail, Jon in his lifted Cherokee on 31s. It had rained the night before and the access road up Road Draw to the trailhead was a little muddy. This made it interesting for me since my fenders are currently removed for a trimming and TJ flare project. It wasn’t too bad until I ran out of washer fluid. Fortunately Jon had a jug of fluid in the back of his Cherokee and I was able to replenish when we got to Dutchman Arch. After spending a little time checking out Dutchman Arch, we headed on up the trail. Once we passed through the gate into the wilderness study area, the trail became rockier and mud was no longer an issue. We wound our way over the rocks and around the trees enjoying the beautiful Utah scenery. Eventually we arrived at Razorback. Razorback was a little more challenging than we had anticipated and it took us a while to pick a line the stock rigs could handle. We worked everybody over it one by one and even the stock TJs made it without damage and without having to be strapped or winched. By the time we all got through it was well after noon so we stopped for lunch, thinking the hardest was behind us. After lunch, we headed out and immediately encountered the shelf obstacle. This obstacle was actually harder than Razorback and it took us quite a while to figure out a line and stack some rocks to get through. It didn’t help that halfway through the process we were inundated by a swarm of quads and side-by-sides that just decided to play through. Once we were past the ledges there wasn’t anything that was a significant challenge. It was bumpy enough that we couldn’t pick the speed up very much to make up for lost time. Then we were delayed one more time by a flat tire on Jon’s Cherokee. He got the flat changed and we finally made it to Coal Wash about 5:30 p.m. With it being so late, we scrapped the idea of returning via Eva Conover and headed up Coal Wash and across Dutch Flat Road to Ferron. From there we returned to Green River via highway.

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Absolutely loved this trail. It has challenges, it has views, and it has got some distance to it. The views are incredible and the obstacles are fun (not VERY difficult, but you may take a second try at a few due to the slick sand). The only downside to this trail is the people. It is a very popular trail among SxS's, ATV's and dirt bikes that love to go fast with no regard for others. I was almost hit on more than one occasion. Please go slow around blind corners!

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Has anyone ever done this trail mid december or anytime during winter? How much snow covers the trail will it be difficult and slippery with the snow on the rocks? I have 4wd, lift, big tires, winch and going with another buddy
–Clint Cammiso (10/23/2018)
–TJ Bosworth (11/04/2018)

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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