Dark Valley Trail

Bicknell, Utah

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This gentle, 12-mile route on the Aquarius Plateau contains a wide variety of scenery. The trail meanders along the wide valley of Rock Draw, passing through stands of aspen, spruce, and pine, and over rolling open meadows covered with sagebrush and grasslands. The road becomes tighter when it enters Dark Valley and passes between the rock cliffs of Rock Spring Ridge to the west and Dark Valley Shelf to the east. The Great Western Trail intersects the route. Special Attractions: Interesting and varied scenery on the Aquarius Plateau; Aspen viewing in the fall; ATV trail access and backcountry camping. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This gentle, 12-mile route on the Aquarius Plateau contains a wide variety of scenery. The trail meanders along the wide valley of Rock Draw, passing through stands of aspen, spruce, and pine, and over rolling open meadows covered with sagebrush and grasslands. The road becomes tighter when it enters Dark Valley and passes between the rock cliffs of Rock Spring Ridge to the west and Dark Valley Shelf to the east. The Great Western Trail intersects the route.

Special Attractions: Interesting and varied scenery on the Aquarius Plateau; Aspen viewing in the fall; ATV trail access and backcountry camping. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Bicknell
Distance: 12.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: May to November
Trailhead Elevation: 9,000 feet
Top Elevation: 9,700 feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Big Lake, Jacobs Reservoir, Government Point, Loa
Driving Directions: Directions to Dark Valley Trail

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