Hey Joe Canyon

Moab, Utah 84532

Hey Joe Canyon

Hey Joe Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Despite all the negatives explained above, this trail is worth your time if you have the right vehicle. At the end of the trail, you’ll climb high up into Hey Joe Canyon where an interesting abandoned uranium mine awaits. The mine is in excellent condition with several large, well-preserved pieces of mining equipment strewn about the entrance area, including the old truck pictured on the opposite page. Despite the good condition of the mine, stay out. Uranium mines have the added risk of radon and are very dangerous. Most of this trail is easy to moderate but there are a few places that earn it a difficult rating. One small water crossing can be deep and muddy. Several rocky sections are narrow and require careful maneuvering to avoid body damage.

Erosion along the river has cut into the trail in a few places. I question how long this trail will stay open before repairs are necessary. Check with the BLM for up-to-date conditions. Although a stock SUV can get through, I wouldn’t take a shiny new vehicle on this trail. Heavy brush (called tamarisk) is extremely dense along the river banks and will make deep brush marks in your paint. The trail is dusty and dirty and very hot most of the time. Flies and mosquitoes can be nasty in the summer, so take along insect repellent. Route-finding is very easy."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Up to a full day
Best in spring and fall
USGS Dubinsky Wash, Tenmile Point
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Jul 2018