Pritchett Canyon Trail

Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area, Utah

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Pritchett Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grand County and San Juan County, Utah. It is within Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 3,975 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,550 feet.
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Pritchett Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grand County and San Juan County, Utah. It is within Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 3,975 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,550 feet.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 2,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 3,975 feet
Top Elevation: 4,808 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Pritchett Canyon Trail
Parks: Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area
Elevation Min/Max: 3974/4808 ft
Elevation Start/End: 3975/3975 ft
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This trail is best known for its toughest obstacle—The Rock Pile—a gigantic ledge with no bypass. It gets its name from rocks piled at its base to make it easier. Unfortunately, the rocks get thrown out quickly by spinning tires. Vehicles with very large tires and a long wheel base have the best chance of getting up unaided. Most vehicles require a winch. Broken axles are common, usually the result of macho drivers who refuse to give up. Considered by many to be the toughest four miles in all of Moab. (Other trails have more difficult individual obstacles—Behind the Rocks’ White Knuckle Hill and High Dive are two that come to mind.)

I’ve driven Pritchett Canyon several times, always with a large group. It’s rare not to have at least one or two vehicles with major breakdowns. If you have any weak points in your vehicle, this trail will likely expose them. Differential lockers and/or winches are basic requirements. Surprisingly, route-finding is not too difficult. The canyon is narrow so you can’t stray far. Spur roads dead end quickly. Once out of the canyon, roads are fairly well-defined, although you have to follow directions carefully because there are many spurs.

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Pritchett Canyon, lined with cottonwoods, winds between towering sandstone walls through a region beset with geologic wonders and prehistoric relics. Technical treasures lie in wait beneath a picturesque veil for riders to discover. Tears of joy will flow when you think back on every facet of this jewel.

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May 2018