Mancos Mesa WSA Trails

Blanding, Utah

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Mineral exploration heavily impacts about 10% of Mancos Mesa, but the remaining 90% is natural and offers both solitude and primitive recreational opportunities. No signs, no trails, no campgrounds. You will need the 1:24,000 topos listed in the maps section of this chapter to find roads, water sources, and routes into the canyons. This remote area is 50 miles west of the small town of Blanding and lies north of UT 276, the border of the Red House Cliffs. To approach from the other direction, drivers have to take the ferry across Lake Powell at Halls Crossing. Mancos Mesa is an enormous block of slickrock mesa surrounded by steep cliffs.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Mineral exploration heavily impacts about 10% of Mancos Mesa, but the remaining 90% is natural and offers both solitude and primitive recreational opportunities. No signs, no trails, no campgrounds. You will need the 1:24,000 topos listed in the maps section of this chapter to find roads, water sources, and routes into the canyons.

This remote area is 50 miles west of the small town of Blanding and lies north of UT 276, the border of the Red House Cliffs. To approach from the other direction, drivers have to take the ferry across Lake Powell at Halls Crossing. Mancos Mesa is an enormous block of slickrock mesa surrounded by steep cliffs.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blanding
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,800 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, San Juan Resource Area
Local Maps: USGS Navajo Mountain, Knowles Canyon, Mancos Mesa NE, Mancos Mesa, Chocolate Drop, Halls Crossing NE
Driving Directions: Directions to Mancos Mesa WSA Trails

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