Comb Wash Drive

Blanding, Utah

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The wash courses along the base of a spectacular northsouth ridge with 800-foot-high cliffs bursting from the Earth’s crust. In this area, where evidence abounds of the Ancestral Puebloan (sometimes referred to as the Anasazi) who once lived here, occurred what may have been the last skirmish in the U.S. between Native Americans and white settlers. Comb Wash also is where writer Edward Abbey’s fictional Monkey Wrench Gang (from his novel of the same name) sabotaged road-building equipment (Chapter 6, “The Raid at Comb Wash”). It’s best in spring and fall.
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Utah Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

The wash courses along the base of a spectacular northsouth ridge with 800-foot-high cliffs bursting from the Earth’s crust.

In this area, where evidence abounds of the Ancestral Puebloan (sometimes referred to as the Anasazi) who once lived here, occurred what may have been the last skirmish in the U.S. between Native Americans and white settlers. Comb Wash also is where writer Edward Abbey’s fictional Monkey Wrench Gang (from his novel of the same name) sabotaged road-building equipment (Chapter 6, “The Raid at Comb Wash”). It’s best in spring and fall.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 18.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: BLM, San Juan Field Office
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Trails Illustrated No. 706 (Grand Gulch Plateau); Recreational Map of Utah
Driving Directions: Directions to Comb Wash Drive

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Apr 2018