Dirty Devil WSA Trails

Hanksville, Utah 84734

Dirty Devil WSA Trails

Dirty Devil WSA Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Hiking in the Dirty Devil River corridor gets a lot easier when the water level is low. The year we hiked the canyon, irrigation water was withdrawn from the river beginning April 1, so our early springtime expedition worked out well. In April, the canyon floor was warm, cacti and desert flowers were in bloom, and the muddy river warmed up enough by afternoon to make our numerous fords pleasant.

Steep, sheer canyon walls force hikers first to one side of the river, then to the other. When the river is running high, kayaking and inner-tubing the river are popular forms of recreation, with Lake Powell as the destination. Anyone hiking or floating along the river should be certain to camp well above the flash-flood plain. Seventy percent of the Dirty Devil WSA is classified as barren rock, a fact that will give you some idea of the intense contrast between the riparian areas and the Sonoran Desert zone. This trail guide includes descriptions of Dirty Devil, Robbers Roost, and Buck Canyons."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best Spring through Fall
4,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,600 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Henry Mountains Resource Area
Local Contacts
USGS Hanksville, Point of Rocks West, Point of Rocks East, Angel Cove, Angel Point, Robbers Roost Flats, Whitebeck Knoll, and others
Local Maps

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Oct 2018