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Roadside Attraction Black Dragon Wash - San Rafael Swell Roadside Attraction Black Dragon Wash
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TICKS & TODOS: 9 Todo Lists / 4 Ticks
RATING: Easy Walking
MAPS: Spotted Wolf Canyon, UT
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Black Dragon wash has a great petroglyph and pictograph panel. It's proximity to I-70 make it a great roadside diversion when in the Green River area. If time permits, Petroglyph and Double Arch Canyons are nearby and worth the short side trip.

Getting There

Note: Reaching the panel requires a high clearance vehicle. There is no camping allowed near Black Dragon Panel, but several good spots along the way.

The trailhead is just west of Green River Utah.

  • From Green River, head west (toward Salina) approximately 14 miles to mile marker 147. Here, a gated side road goes north (right) off of I-70. ( 12S 550549mE 4308636mN / N38° 55' 31" W110° 25' 01" )
  • From the gate (please close behind you), head north 0.1 miles, and turn left at the junction, crossing a wash. ( 12S 550540mE 4308809mN / N38° 55' 36" W110° 25' 01" )
  • Follow the main road here through several sandy spots for 1 mile to a signed junction. Go left, heading up Black Dragon Wash, and into the reef. ( 12S 550409mE 4309939mN / N38° 56' 13" W110° 25' 06" )
  • Note: 0.1 miles after starting up Black Dragon Wash, a side road on the left is the best option. You can drive up the wash, as many have, but it is a much worse road than the road on the left side of the wash.
  • It is 0.5 miles from the signed Black Dragon turn to the panel (1.5 miles total from the highway). The last 0.2 miles was in bad shape (as of summer 2007), so we parked before the actual panel and walked the final short distance. ( 12S 549883mE 4310589mN / N38° 56' 34" W110° 25' 28" )


Rock Art and Historic Site Etiquette
Rock art and historic sites are fragile, non-renewable cultural resources that, once damaged, can never be replaced. To ensure they are protected, please:
  • Avoid Touching the Petroglyphs: Look and observe, BUT DO NOT TOUCH!
  • Stay on the Trails: Stay on the most used trails when visiting sites, and don't create new trails or trample vegetation.
  • Photography and Sketching is Allowed: Do not introduce any foreign substance to enhance the carved and pecked images for photographic or drawing purposes. Altering, defacing, or damaging the petroglyphs is against the law -- even if the damage is unintentional.
  • Pets: Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Artifacts: If you happen to come across sherds (broken pottery) or lithics (flakes of stone tools), leave them where you see them. Once they are moved or removed, a piece of the past is forever lost.

The panel is clearly marked as a fenced area. Black Dragon, the namesake of the area, is on the left while other panels are to the right of it. Enjoy the panels.


Printable Maps:
Black Dragon Panel

12S 549781mE 4310627mN

N38° 56' 35" W110° 25' 32"


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