As short stroll to stretch your legs as you pass by on I-70, this is a hike I have done many times over the years and always enjoy. Access is easy, the hike is short, the scenery excellent, what is not to love?!?!
The hike visits three canyons. Box Spring Canyon, a short canyon typical of the desert. A bit lush, and ending at a dryfall, this is the least interesting of the 3, so if you are short on time, skip it. The next stop is Double Arch Canyon, an exquisite short canyon that ends at a dryfall with two large arches high on the left. There is also a small bridge directly in the watercourse.
Wait, wait, there is more! The final canyon to be visited has a small panel in it. All-in-all, a very action packed 1-2-hour hike. It is easy, and short enough that it should be accessible to most.
Go west out of Green River on I-70. At mile marker 147 (about 16 miles west of Green River) a dirt road leaves the highway on the right.
From the trailhead, follow the stream bed upstream to a dryfall in 10-15 minutes.
Double Arch Canyon / Petroglyph Canyon
From the trailhead, cross the stream and head west/southwest following an intermittent trail. If in doubt, stay in the wash bottom as you head south. Keep an eye out on the left. As the bank raises on the left, the social trail leaves the wash on the left and follows the rim to avoid a dryfall.
A few minutes above the dryfall the trail turns west and enters the reef. When it divides again, Double Arch Canyon is on the right and ends in less than 5 minutes. Petroglyph Canyon is the left fork. Follow it up until you can see the dryfall at its end, and look on the right for the panel. Again, less than 5 minutes from the junction.
Return the way you came.
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