Dirty Devil WSA Trails

Hanksville, Utah

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Hiking in the Dirty Devil River corridor gets a lot easier when the water level is low. The year we hiked the canyon, irrigation water was withdrawn from the river beginning April 1, so our early springtime expedition worked out well. In April, the canyon floor was warm, cacti and desert flowers were in bloom, and the muddy river warmed up enough by afternoon to make our numerous fords pleasant. Steep, sheer canyon walls force hikers first to one side of the river, then to the other. When the river is running high, kayaking and inner-tubing the river are popular forms of recreation, with Lake Powell as the destination. Anyone hiking or floating along the river should be certain to camp well above the flash-flood plain. Seventy percent of the Dirty Devil WSA is classified as barren rock, a fact that will give you some idea of the intense contrast between the riparian areas and the Sonoran Desert zone. This trail guide includes descriptions of Dirty Devil, Robbers Roost, and Buck Canyons.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Hiking in the Dirty Devil River corridor gets a lot easier when the water level is low. The year we hiked the canyon, irrigation water was withdrawn from the river beginning April 1, so our early springtime expedition worked out well. In April, the canyon floor was warm, cacti and desert flowers were in bloom, and the muddy river warmed up enough by afternoon to make our numerous fords pleasant.

Steep, sheer canyon walls force hikers first to one side of the river, then to the other. When the river is running high, kayaking and inner-tubing the river are popular forms of recreation, with Lake Powell as the destination. Anyone hiking or floating along the river should be certain to camp well above the flash-flood plain. Seventy percent of the Dirty Devil WSA is classified as barren rock, a fact that will give you some idea of the intense contrast between the riparian areas and the Sonoran Desert zone. This trail guide includes descriptions of Dirty Devil, Robbers Roost, and Buck Canyons.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 25
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,600 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Henry Mountains Resource Area
Local Maps: USGS Hanksville, Point of Rocks West, Point of Rocks East, Angel Cove, Angel Point, Robbers Roost Flats, Whitebeck Knoll, and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Dirty Devil WSA Trails

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