Poison Spring Canyon |

Dirty Devil

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Dirty Devil

Overview

RATING: Roadside / Easy Hikes
LENGTH: 1+ days

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 71. South wind 12 to 23 mph.

71 | 44

Mon

A chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

60 | 41

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 41

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 71.

71 | 45

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 67.

67 | 40

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SEASON: Any when roads are dry. Hot in the summer.
WATER: None, bring all you need. Wall Spring and the Dirty Devil are filterable but possibly low quality.

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 71. South wind 12 to 23 mph.

71 | 44

Mon

A chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

60 | 41

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 73.

73 | 41

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 71.

71 | 45

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 67.

67 | 40

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Poison Spring Canyon, south of Hanksville, is one of the few places with road access to the Dirty Devil River in its nearly 80-mile journey from Hanksville to Lake Powell and the Colorado River. The canyon, likely because of its access to the river, has a rich history. Pictographs and petroglyphs are evidence of ancient peoples traversing the canyon, will historic signatures from cattlemen attest to more recent history. The area was even the scene of fairly extensive mining exploration in the 1970s, which was responsible for many roads in the area.

Today, taking a drive down Poison Spring Canyon is a treat! The stunning canyon has much to see and do, and is quite dramatic. I've visited many times over the years, and seem to always forget just how pretty it is.

Road Condition Note: Described here is the drive down Poison Spring Canyon to where it crosses the Dirty Devil River. This section of road varies in roughness depending on when it was last graded, but I would recommend high clearance. On my trips, I've had a RAV4, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Ford Ranger down the road, all without problem, though the lower clearance RAV4 required some careful driving in spots.

The crossing of the Dirty Devil, on the other hand, has a reputation for getting vehicles stuck. I would not recommend fording the river without at least another vehicle or two in the group, true high clearance 4-wheel drive, and appropriate recovery gear.
Camping Note: There are many good, primitive campsites along the way, particularly lower in the canyon.

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