Grand Gulch ISA Complex, Fish Creek Canyon WSA, Road Canyon WSA, and Mule Canyon WSA Trails

Blanding, Utah

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This chapter covers the instant study and wilderness study areas in the Grand Gulch–Cedar Mesa region. Although road corridors separate these areas, they have the feel of one large chunk of backcountry. In addition to the four BLM study areas, an adjacent slice of the Glen Canyon NRA along the north side of the San Juan River has been recommended for wilderness. “Cedar Mesa” refers to the Permian Cedar Mesa Sandstone that is the top layer of this broad uplift. The sandstone derives from dunes that drifted there about 300 to 230 million years ago. Many visitors assume the forest of short evergreens that covers much of the mesa are cedar trees, but the plants are actually junipers and piñons. True cedars (Cedrus) are not native to North America. (Trees of wet Northwestern forests that are called cedars are actually arborvitae of the genus Thuja.) This trail guide includes descriptions of Kane Gulch to Turkey Pen Ruin, kane gulch to Bullet Canyon Trailhead, Owl Creek Canyon to Fish Creek Canyon, and Head of Road Canyon Overlook.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

This chapter covers the instant study and wilderness study areas in the Grand Gulch–Cedar Mesa region. Although road corridors separate these areas, they have the feel of one large chunk of backcountry. In addition to the four BLM study areas, an adjacent slice of the Glen Canyon NRA along the north side of the San Juan River has been recommended for wilderness.

“Cedar Mesa” refers to the Permian Cedar Mesa Sandstone that is the top layer of this broad uplift. The sandstone derives from dunes that drifted there about 300 to 230 million years ago. Many visitors assume the forest of short evergreens that covers much of the mesa are cedar trees, but the plants are actually junipers and piñons. True cedars (Cedrus) are not native to North America. (Trees of wet Northwestern forests that are called cedars are actually arborvitae of the genus Thuja.) This trail guide includes descriptions of Kane Gulch to Turkey Pen Ruin, kane gulch to Bullet Canyon Trailhead, Owl Creek Canyon to Fish Creek Canyon, and Head of Road Canyon Overlook.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 46.7
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,000 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, San Juan Resource Area
Local Maps: USGS Bluff, Moss Back Butte, Kane Gulch, South long Point, Hotel Rock, Clay Hills, Red House Spring, Polly's Pasture, and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Gulch ISA Complex, Fish Creek Canyon WSA, Road Canyon WSA, and Mule Canyon WSA Trails

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