Long Canyon Road

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Elevation Gain2,721ft
Trailhead Elevation6,119ft
Elevation Min/Max3963/6119ft
Elevation Start/End6119/6119ft

Long Canyon Road

Long Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grand County, Utah. It is within Dead Horse Point State Park. It is 7.5 miles long and begins at 6,119 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,721 feet. Along the trail there is a stone.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"You will be asked to pay the park entrance fee, so have your pass or money (fee for a bike and rider) ready when you start the ride. This route includes a continuous 1,500-foot climb up the Shafer Trail switchbacks and a continuous 1,900-foot descent down Long Canyon. rolling terrain means a fair amount of accumulated climbing in between the switchbacks. The route can be ridden in reverse direction. Either way the ride ends with a descent. Finishing with Long Canyon means that you end the ride immediately upon finishing the long descent. Descending the Shafer Rim and finishing with the ride on Potash Road means that you will descend and then have quite a bit of rolling terrain to negotiate before you return to the car. Trail Surface: Pavement, gravel, hardpacked and loose sediments, bedrock, and sand on maintained roads."
Backcountry Adventures: Utah (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"The Long Canyon Trail (or as it is more popularly called, Pucker Pass) makes an exciting alternative way back to Moab from the Island in the Sky district. It was named Pucker Pass by some imaginative Jeepers back in the days when a drive down the canyon was a lot more hair-raising than it is now. The trail leaves Dead Horse Point Road and travels in a plumb line across Big Flat until it reaches the top of Long Canyon. From here it drops steeply down into the extremely narrow, sandstone-walled canyon. Special Attractions: Steep, narrow trail in tight red sandstone canyon; Jug Handle Arch; Views east to the La Sal Mountains and down into Long Canyon. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

Long Canyon Road Trip Reports

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In the guide it speaks of doing this canyon downhill (from Dead Horse Point towards Moab) well I decided to go UP the canyon.

The trail wasn't difficult at all; even going up pucker pass was rather easy. Pucker pass looked a little daunting as I came around the bend, but as I looked at it for a moment or two I saw that it was going to be rather easy also.

Because I decided to do this trail in February, there was a little snow on the trail, but that only slightly added to the difficulty in one spot (sorry didn't get pics of that spot but it was right above Pucker pass)

The trail offers wonderful views up the whole canyon and offered some wonderful picture opportunities.

I rated this a 3 of 5 because of the views not the difficulty

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Trail Information

Dead Horse Point State Park
Nearby City
Dead Horse Point State Park
Moab Bike Patrol, c/o BLM, 435-259-2196
Local Contacts
USGS Shafer Basin, Musselman Arch, and The Knoll; Moab West Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
Local Maps

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