Hey Joe Canyon is a narrow off-road trail that weaves its way along the bottom edge of the Green River Labyrinth Canyon. The route will entice you with soaring high cliffs walls on one side and the beautiful Green River on the other side of you. You really feel like you are on a remote adventure on this trail with its narrow spots along the river’s edge and the tight squeezes through fallen rock challenging you and your rig. At the end of this stimulating drive you are rewarded with pieces of history of the old abandoned mine equipment that the high desert has preserved surprisingly well. Hey Joe Canyon is a great trail to add to your Moab bucket list.
Hey Joe Canyon begins at the end of Spring Canyon Bottom Road. A fence with an unlocked gate marks the trail's beginning. After going through the gate, please close it behind you. This road is an out-and-back with not other trails intersecting.
If you are planning on camping, the area just before Hey Joe Canyon starts is your best opportunity..
Travel north on Hwy 191 about 9 miles to Utah 313. Turn left (west) on Utah 313, and travel 8.3 miles to Spring Canyon Bottom. Turn right for 13.5 miles completing Spring Canyon Bottom to the bottom of the trail. Hey Joe Canyon begins at the gate located at the west end of Spring Canyon Bottom.
Although it had been cloudy and rainy most of the week, the weather broke and the day was spectacular for the Hey Joe trek. There was no dust on the trail and conditions were ideal. We crossed paths with only a handful of other wheelers and were able to spend a little time exploring the mining area at the end of the trail. When we were at Waypoint 8, I could here some voices off in the distance. As it turned out, a family rafting on the Green River found shore and was hiking in the area exploring the relic mining equipment. A great day on the trail!
Great day on the trail. There were just enough small obstacles to keep it interesting. If the obstacles aren't enough, try a shelf road with a dropoff to a river. This one is not for the faint of heart if you have a fear of rolling into a river. I would be hesitant to run anything much bigger than a modified 4 door wrangler. Nevertheless, the ending was all worth it. Such a cool trail!
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg