Pritchett Canyon

Moab, Utah

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You get a little bit of everything on the Pritchett Canyon tour, including a generous amount of descending. Located 13 miles south of Moab, this route circles around the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area and then descends a rock-walled canyon to the Colorado River. Early on, you’ll cross grass pastures and pass seductive Prostitute Butte and showy Picture Frame Arch. Spur roads lead you to overlooks of Kane Springs Canyon and distant Hurrah Pass before a rollicking descent takes you to the WSA boundary bordering Pritchett Canyon. A short hike leads to spacious seating at the Pritchett Arch bistro where you can enjoy a mid-route snack among deep canyons and sandstone domes that bubble up all over. The route culminates with a wide-eyed descent through a notch in upper Pritchett Canyon called White Knuckle Hill, followed by miles of an old Euro-style cobblestone track through lower Pritchett to the Colorado River corridor. The route begins with 11 miles of sand and gravel roads that are best suited for high-clearance vehicles. Thereafter, the road degrades to sand, rock, cobble, and bedrock doubletracks that can stymie even the most resolute four wheel drive.
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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

You get a little bit of everything on the Pritchett Canyon tour, including a generous amount of descending. Located 13 miles south of Moab, this route circles around the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area and then descends a rock-walled canyon to the Colorado River. Early on, you’ll cross grass pastures and pass seductive Prostitute Butte and showy Picture Frame Arch. Spur roads lead you to overlooks of Kane Springs Canyon and distant Hurrah Pass before a rollicking descent takes you to the WSA boundary bordering Pritchett Canyon.

A short hike leads to spacious seating at the Pritchett Arch bistro where you can enjoy a mid-route snack among deep canyons and sandstone domes that bubble up all over. The route culminates with a wide-eyed descent through a notch in upper Pritchett Canyon called White Knuckle Hill, followed by miles of an old Euro-style cobblestone track through lower Pritchett to the Colorado River corridor. The route begins with 11 miles of sand and gravel roads that are best suited for high-clearance vehicles. Thereafter, the road degrades to sand, rock, cobble, and bedrock doubletracks that can stymie even the most resolute four wheel drive.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Spring (mid-March into June) and Fall (September into October)
Trailhead Elevation: 5,510 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 435-259-2100
Local Maps: USGS: Kane Springs, Moab, and Trough Springs Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Pritchett Canyon

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