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Long Canyon Road

 
Long Canyon Road

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Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.54682°N / 109.64837°W

Object Type: Long Canyon Road

Object Title: Long Canyon Road

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jun 1, 2014 / Jun 1, 2014

Object ID: 899221

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Overview

This is not a hiking trail. It is a four wheel drive road. It is close to but falls outside the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.

Long Canyon is a 7.5 mile long 4 wheel drive road that goes from the banks of Colorado River on Route 279, 1900 vertical feet up to the top of Island in the Sky/Dead Horse Point Mesa where Route 313 runs. The western 3 miles of the road travel over the flat top of the mesa and will not be discussed here. The eastern 4.5 miles have all the uphill and provide you with spectacular views of the nearby canyons and La Sal Mountains. Jug Handle Arch is visible at the start of the road. Along the way, the road takes you under a huge boulder that has fallen over the road creating a mini tunnel. Once you reach the top of the mesa, you can walk through a campground to reach the edge of the mesa to get fantastic views.

I hiked the road on a Wednesday in early April and saw only a few vehicles. Depending on when you hike, you may have to put up with the noise and dust of four wheel drive vehicles.

Long Canyon Map
Map

Getting There

From the junction of Routes 191 and 279 a few miles north of Moab, Utah, turn west and drive 13 miles on Route 279 until you see a sign for Jug Handle Arch on the right. This is the start of Long Canyon Road. There is plenty of space to park.

Hike Statistics

All distances are per my GPS

Place
Elevation
Distance
Jug Handle Trailhead on Route 279
3950 ft
zero miles
Top of Plateau
5860 ft
4.20 miles
View Point
5840 ft
0.20 miles
Roundtrip
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8.80 miles

The Hike

Jug Handle Arch is visible at the start of the hike.

Jug Handle Arch
Jug Handle Arch


The first 1.25 miles of the road is gently sloped.

Start of Long canyon Rd on Route 279
 

Lower parts of Long canyon Road
 

Lower parts of Long Canyon Road
 

Lower parts of Long Canyon Road
 

Lower parts of Long Canyon Road
 

Lower parts of Long Canyon Road
 

Lower parts of Long Canyon Road
 


As you go higher, La Sal Mountains come to view behind you to the east.

La Sal Mountains
La Sal Mountains


The road then starts to make twists and turns going up more steeply.

Mid parts of Long Canyon Road
 

Mid parts of Long Canyon Road
 


You can then look back and get a good view of Long Canyon and where you started.

Long Canyon
Long Canyon


Soon you will find yourself at the base of a number of impressive fins and towers.

Upper parts of Long Canyon Road
 

Upper parts of Long Canyon Road
 

Upper parts of Long Canyon Road
 


The road then takes you under a big boulder.

Tunnel under boulder
 

Tunnel under boulder
 


Farther up, you go through a tight area known as Pucker Pass.

Pucker Pass
Pucker Pass


After another turn you will reach the top of the plateau.

Top of Plateau
Top of plateau


Leave the road, turn left and go into a camp area. Keep going until you reach a slickrock peninsula.

Camp area near the edge of plateau
Camp area

Slickrock Penninsula
Slickrock penninsula


Views from the tip of the peninsula.

La Sal Mountains
La Sal Mountains

La Sal Mountains
South Mountain

From the edge of plateau
 

Looking down at the fin and the road
The fin and road below

Looking south at the plateau
Looking south

Looking northeast
Looking northeast

Long Canyon
Long Canyon, Colorado River

Zoomed view of Mt. Tukuhnikivatz
Zoomed view of Mt. Tukuhnikivatz

Zoomed view of the badlands west of Moab
Zoomed view of badlands to the west of Moab

Looking north
Looking north











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