Long Canyon Trail

Moab, Utah

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The Long Canyon Trail (or as it is more popularly called, Pucker Pass) makes an exciting alternative way back to Moab from the Island in the Sky district. It was named Pucker Pass by some imaginative Jeepers back in the days when a drive down the canyon was a lot more hair-raising than it is now. The trail leaves Dead Horse Point Road and travels in a plumb line across Big Flat until it reaches the top of Long Canyon. From here it drops steeply down into the extremely narrow, sandstone-walled canyon. Special Attractions: Steep, narrow trail in tight red sandstone canyon; Jug Handle Arch; Views east to the La Sal Mountains and down into Long Canyon. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

The Long Canyon Trail (or as it is more popularly called, Pucker Pass) makes an exciting alternative way back to Moab from the Island in the Sky district. It was named Pucker Pass by some imaginative Jeepers back in the days when a drive down the canyon was a lot more hair-raising than it is now. The trail leaves Dead Horse Point Road and travels in a plumb line across Big Flat until it reaches the top of Long Canyon. From here it drops steeply down into the extremely narrow, sandstone-walled canyon.

Special Attractions: Steep, narrow trail in tight red sandstone canyon; Jug Handle Arch; Views east to the La Sal Mountains and down into Long Canyon. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 7.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,900 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Local Maps: USGS Gold Bar Canyon, The Knoll, Moab
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Canyon Trail

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