Moab Utah - Hey Joe Canyon Trail

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Last updated 09/06/2015

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Few OHV experiences can rival the fun of riding an ATV in Utah’s Moab backcountry. An endless variety of undulating and challenging terrain combined with spectacular scenery provide an unforgettable experience.

It’s easy to find your way around the small town of Moab. Main St (Hwy 191) runs north and south all the way through town. Center St and Main St, where Moab Information Center is located, marks the center of town. If you need lodging or camping, it is a good idea to call well in advance.

There are several places in Moab to rent ATV’s. Check for latest information or just drive down Main St. You should check Utah’s OHV Laws ( or call 800-648-7433.

Using your GPS for each trail
I have included Way Points for the trail. Also, in the description below, I have included complete instructions on the trail. I would print or copy the instructions off if you plan on using these Way Points.

Hey Joe Canyon Trail

Highlights:Awesome views dropping into Spring Canyon and climbing up into Hey Joe Canyon. Interesting mining equipment scattered outside Hey Joe Mine. Trail follows Green River. Some rocky challenges along the way. You may find a deep water crossing in early spring. Much of the trail is easy to moderate.

Getting There: From Moab, drive north on Hwy 191 about 9 miles and turn left on Hwy. 313 towards Canyonlands National Park. Go 8.5 miles and turn right on Dubinky Well Road after the third view area. Bear left at 1.4 miles (easy to miss) where Spring Canyon Bottom Road goes straight. Continue west another 6 miles to intersection where a good size road goes right. Recommend staging at this point.

  1. Staging (mile 0) – Continue west on Spring Canyon Bottom Road from staging area.
  2. (miles 2.0) – Continue straight past a second staging area on the right. This one is larger but getting there is a bit rougher.
  3. (miles 3.3) – Begin descent into Spring Canyon.
  4. (miles 3.5) – Shelf road begins. Dangerous cliffs. Go slow and be very careful.
  5. WP1 (miles 4.5) – Cross small creek at bottom of canyon. Follow wide shelf road through canyon toward river.
  6. WP2 (miles 6.2) – Stay right at fork. (Left continues a short distance).
  7. (miles 6.5) – Stay right again and follow road as it curves right and begins to follow the river. Close gate after passing through.
  8. (miles 7.3) – Water crossing can be deep at times.
  9. (miles 12.2) – Very narrow stretch along river prone to partial washouts.
  10. (miles 13.7) – Pass through tunnel of thick tamarisk. More tight brush follows.
  11. (miles 14.9) – Bear right uphill into Hey Joe Canyon. When I was there, an old bulldozer marked this location.
  12. (miles 15.2) – Difficult rocky spot on narrow shelf road that climbs into canyon.
  13. WP3 (miles 15.5) – Trail dead ends at Hey Joe Mine. Large mine opening can be seen to right. Old mining camp is strewn with discarded mining equipment. Turn around and go back out the way you came.