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Eastern Reef

Hiking Petroglyph and Double Arch Canyons - Eastern Reef Hiking Petroglyph and Double Arch Canyons
Eastern Reef

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Overview


TICKS & TODOS: 13 Todo Lists / 1 Ticks
RATING: Easy Hiking
LENGTH: 1-2 hours
MAPS: Spotted Wolf Canyon, UT
WATER: Little/None
SEASON: Any
Sun Hi:42 Lo:18 Mon Hi:41 Lo:19 Tue Hi:41 Lo:21 Wed Hi:42 Lo:20 Thu Hi:42 Lo:20
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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.

Getting There

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.

  • Turn off here and reset your odometer. ( 12S 550548mE 4308634mN / N38° 55' 31" W110° 25' 01")
  • Follow the main dirt road as it soon bends to the left and crosses a wash, then heads north along the reef. At 0.8 miles turn left. ( 12S 550374mE 4309379mN / N38° 55' 55" W110° 25' 08")
  • Follow this road to its end in 0.25 miles at a few cottonwoods. There is decent primitive camping here, though you can often hear the highway noise at night. ( 12S 550041mE 4309359mN / N38° 55' 54" W110° 25' 22")

Route

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.

Box Canyon
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.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 550040mE 4309358mN

N38° 55' 54" W110° 25' 22"

Double Arch

12S 549080mE 4309102mN

N38° 55' 46" W110° 26' 02"

Petroglyph

12S 549132mE 4308865mN

N38° 55' 38" W110° 25' 59"

Box

12S 549325mE 4309501mN

N38° 55' 59" W110° 25' 51"

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