Hey Joe Canyon

Moab, Utah

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Despite all the negatives explained above, this trail is worth your time if you have the right vehicle. At the end of the trail, you’ll climb high up into Hey Joe Canyon where an interesting abandoned uranium mine awaits. The mine is in excellent condition with several large, well-preserved pieces of mining equipment strewn about the entrance area, including the old truck pictured on the opposite page. Despite the good condition of the mine, stay out. Uranium mines have the added risk of radon and are very dangerous. Most of this trail is easy to moderate but there are a few places that earn it a difficult rating. One small water crossing can be deep and muddy. Several rocky sections are narrow and require careful maneuvering to avoid body damage. Erosion along the river has cut into the trail in a few places. I question how long this trail will stay open before repairs are necessary. Check with the BLM for up-to-date conditions. Although a stock SUV can get through, I wouldn’t take a shiny new vehicle on this trail. Heavy brush (called tamarisk) is extremely dense along the river banks and will make deep brush marks in your paint. The trail is dusty and dirty and very hot most of the time. Flies and mosquitoes can be nasty in the summer, so take along insect repellent. Route-finding is very easy.
Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

Despite all the negatives explained above, this trail is worth your time if you have the right vehicle. At the end of the trail, you’ll climb high up into Hey Joe Canyon where an interesting abandoned uranium mine awaits. The mine is in excellent condition with several large, well-preserved pieces of mining equipment strewn about the entrance area, including the old truck pictured on the opposite page. Despite the good condition of the mine, stay out. Uranium mines have the added risk of radon and are very dangerous. Most of this trail is easy to moderate but there are a few places that earn it a difficult rating. One small water crossing can be deep and muddy. Several rocky sections are narrow and require careful maneuvering to avoid body damage.

Erosion along the river has cut into the trail in a few places. I question how long this trail will stay open before repairs are necessary. Check with the BLM for up-to-date conditions. Although a stock SUV can get through, I wouldn’t take a shiny new vehicle on this trail. Heavy brush (called tamarisk) is extremely dense along the river banks and will make deep brush marks in your paint. The trail is dusty and dirty and very hot most of the time. Flies and mosquitoes can be nasty in the summer, so take along insect repellent. Route-finding is very easy.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 8.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: Up to a full day
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Maps: USGS Dubinsky Wash, Tenmile Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Hey Joe Canyon

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Apr 2018