Mount Tukuhnikivatz

Moab, Utah

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No skier has ever visited Moab for mountain biking or rock climbing and looked to the horizon at the snow-covered La Sal Mountains without thinking that they’d like to ski there someday. And of all the peaks visible from Moab’s red rock paradise, Mount Tukuhnikivatz is the pyramid that stands out the most, with a vertical relief that will make any skier or snowboarder salivate. Locals just say “Mount Tuk” for short, but the full, hard-to-pronounce name—Tu-kuh-ni-ki-vatz—is a Native American word that roughly means “where the sun sets last.” As for the tour, climbing and sliding down Mount Tuk is a springtime tradition when stable corn snow allows safe travel on this prize of a desert peak. Parking is in the large, plowed lot with bathrooms and informational signs. The route starts on the northeast side of the lot.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

No skier has ever visited Moab for mountain biking or rock climbing and looked to the horizon at the snow-covered La Sal Mountains without thinking that they’d like to ski there someday. And of all the peaks visible from Moab’s red rock paradise, Mount Tukuhnikivatz is the pyramid that stands out the most, with a vertical relief that will make any skier or snowboarder salivate. Locals just say “Mount Tuk” for short, but the full, hard-to-pronounce name—Tu-kuh-ni-ki-vatz—is a Native American word that roughly means “where the sun sets last.” As for the tour, climbing and sliding down Mount Tuk is a springtime tradition when stable corn snow allows safe
travel on this prize of a desert peak. Parking is in the large, plowed lot with bathrooms and informational signs. The route starts on the northeast side of the lot.

© 2015 Jared Hargrave/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,882 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 9,600 feet
Top Elevation: 12,482 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Tukuhnikivatz
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Tukuhnikivatz

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