Black Dragon Canyon

Green River, Utah 84525

Black Dragon Canyon

Black Dragon Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"The San Rafael (pronounced san ra-fel´) Swell is neither a mountain nor a plateau, but a colossal geologic blister on the earth’s skin. The most stunning sight is the San Rafael’s eastern perimeter, marked by a formidable sawtooth ridge of protracted strata that juts abruptly from the surrounding desert plains.

The route begins up high in the Swell’s Sinbad Country where low rising mesas mingle with high desert prairies. But the route draws you toward the Reef’s menacing cusps until you are swallowed whole by Black Dragon Canyon. Although this passageway does not pinch to claustrophobic widths, it is bound by overhanging alcoves and vertical walls nearly 1,000 feet tall. There are no painted dashes to follow like Moab’s variety; it’s all freestyle. If you make it to the top, you’ll peer into the chasm you just rode through."

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I love this Trail! It is one of my favorites of all time. For people who like to bomb trails, this is a must ride.

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Trail Information

Green River
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
Spring (March into May) and Fall (September into mid-November)
6,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Price Field Office, 435-636-3600
Local Contacts
USGS: Drowned Hole Draw and Spotted Wolf Canyon.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018