Tusher Tunnel

4.8/5 (9 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 04/18/2022
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This off-road trail takes you to an interesting geological feature, a naturally formed tunnel that is 83 feet long. It was formed by water seeping through a crack that dissolved away the rock when it reached a harder layer of stone. Just to the right of the tunnel entrance, there is a petroglyph on the south-facing side of the cliff about 10 feet or so above the ground. There are other petroglyphs in the area, but most are ruined by graffiti.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (9 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Tusher Tunnel Follow up Great day in the trails. We met up with friends (Marie and Rick) and did Willow Springs to Eye of the Whale to Tower Arch to Salt Wash into the back door to Arches NP. On our return back I took Debi on a little side trip to show her Tusher Tunnel. I’m so impressed with the tunnel. I love anything to do with petroglyphs and pictographs. Debi immediately found examples of both on the walls at both ends of the tunnel.
Trail Review: Tusher Tunnel - Wade Norton
Trail Review: Tusher Tunnel - Wade Norton
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Today I went looking for Petroglyphs and pictographs and instead stumbled upon the old Halfway Stage Station ruin, an amazing natural tunnel (Tusher Tunnel) and a beautiful Hidden Canyon. Explored the following trails: Tusher Tunnel, Bartlett wash road, Hidden Canyon, Hidden canyon overlook, Courthouse Rock, The Halfway Stage Station aka: Upper Courthouse Rock Station, is a ruin site that is located off of Mill Canyon rd. This station served as the half way mark between Moab and Thompson which is where the train station was. It was 35 miles between Moab and Thomson so travelers would stop for lunch on there way to or from Thompson. The stage coach trip was 35 miles and took 8 hours to complete. Some patrons chose to spend the night at halfway station continuing on the following day. Freight wagons would almost always overnight at halfway station. The former Thompson station was last used in 1997 and was demolished in early 2016, . Thompson Springs was named for E.W. Thompson, who lived near the springs and operated a sawmill to the north near the Book Cliffs. The town began life in the late nineteenth century as a station stop on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW), which had been completed through the area in 1883. A post office at the site was established in 1890, under the name "Thompson's". (The official designation by the United States Postal Service is still "Thompson".) The town was a community center for the small number of farmers and ranchers living in the inhospitable region, and it was also a prominent shipping point for cattle that were run in the Book Cliffs area. Stockmen from both San Juan and Grand counties used Thompson. Thompson gained importance in the early twentieth century due to the development of coal mines in Sego Canyon, north of town. Commercial mining in Sego Canyon began in 1911, and that year the Ballard and Thompson Railroad was constructed to connect the mines with the railhead at Thompson. The railroad branch line and mines continued operating until about 1950..
Tracy Barker
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28100
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I made the short drive and even shorter hike to visit Tusher Tunnel; not a lot of change to the road or the hiking path. Pleasantly surprised how clean the area was on this trip. There were lots of visitors on this date (mid-day Saturday).
Trail Review: Tusher Tunnel - Tracy Barker
Trail Review: Tusher Tunnel - Tracy Barker
Status: Open
Visited: 02/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Tusher Tunnel is a super cool, short and easy trail. The tunnel is definitely worth checking out. I think if the trail is dry, a less aggressive SUV would be fine with some good driver skill and a full size spare tire.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/24/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Can see why this would be more difficult in wetter conditions. Tunnel and view were worth the trip.

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