Black Dragon Canyon

Green River, Utah

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The San Rafael (pronounced san ra-fel´) Swell is neither a mountain nor a plateau, but a colossal geologic blister on the earth’s skin. The most stunning sight is the San Rafael’s eastern perimeter, marked by a formidable sawtooth ridge of protracted strata that juts abruptly from the surrounding desert plains. The route begins up high in the Swell’s Sinbad Country where low rising mesas mingle with high desert prairies. But the route draws you toward the Reef’s menacing cusps until you are swallowed whole by Black Dragon Canyon. Although this passageway does not pinch to claustrophobic widths, it is bound by overhanging alcoves and vertical walls nearly 1,000 feet tall. There are no painted dashes to follow like Moab’s variety; it’s all freestyle. If you make it to the top, you’ll peer into the chasm you just rode through.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

The San Rafael (pronounced san ra-fel´) Swell is neither a mountain nor a plateau, but a colossal geologic blister on the earth’s skin. The most stunning sight is the San Rafael’s eastern perimeter, marked by a formidable sawtooth ridge of protracted strata that juts abruptly from the surrounding desert plains.

The route begins up high in the Swell’s Sinbad Country where low rising mesas mingle with high desert prairies. But the route draws you toward the Reef’s menacing cusps until you are swallowed whole by Black Dragon Canyon. Although this passageway does not pinch to claustrophobic widths, it is bound by overhanging alcoves and vertical walls nearly 1,000 feet tall. There are no painted dashes to follow like Moab’s variety; it’s all freestyle. If you make it to the top, you’ll peer into the chasm you just rode through.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Green River
Distance: 14.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: Spring (March into May) and Fall (September into mid-November)
Trailhead Elevation: 6,500 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Price Field Office, 435-636-3600
Local Maps: USGS: Drowned Hole Draw and Spotted Wolf Canyon.
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Dragon Canyon

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8/3/2008
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I love this Trail! It is one of my favorites of all time. For people who like to bomb trails, this is a must ride.



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