ATV Adventures: Exploring Utah's Spring Canyon

Thursday , May 18, 2017 - 5:00 AM

By Lynn R. Blamires
ATV Adventures columnist

Always looking for a new ATV adventure, I heard about a trail that goes down into Spring Canyon. When I looked it up on Google Earth, I was even more convinced that I needed to see it for myself.

We booked rooms in Green River, Utah, and planned the ride from there. Heading east out of town, we took the Floy Wash exit off Interstate 70 and staged about 6 miles south. We formed a line of machines and headed north to Ten Mile Road. From there, we took the Dubinky Well Road, passing by Tombstone Butte. Dropping south to the Spring Canyon Bottom Road, we soon found ourselves at the edge of a cliff overlooking Spring Canyon.

The trail down the side of the canyon was a highlight of the ride. It held tight against the side of a precipice as we wound our way down to the bottom. Crossing a creek, the trail straightened out and we stopped in a copse of trees near the edge of the river — a perfect spot for lunch.

After we had taken our break, we sent a party to scout out a trail that ran along the edge of the river to Hey Joe Canyon. Because of the size of our group and the distance back to the trucks, we decided against including that section of the trail in this ride.

Climbing back out of Spring Canyon, we followed “SS” signs to the Secret Spire and took a break. This magnificent monolith is a strange tower of Navajo Sandstone that stands alone on a rounded dome overlooking another section of Spring Canyon. We took time to gather the group in front of this spire for a picture.

Bruce and Diane Peterson came on this ride. Diane has been wanting to take the kind of ride I have written about over the years, and this was her chance. Bruce offered me a stick of jerky on one of our breaks. The texture was a little different, but the spice was good.

Knowing that jerky comes in many varieties, I asked, “Is this elk?”

“Goose,” he said.

“Goose,” I thought. This is not right, I am not supposed to like goose. I finished the stick, but I didn’t ask for any more. It was goose and I am not supposed to like goose.

As we left the spire, we took a wrong turn. We wandered around on connecting trails, looking for one that would take us in the right direction. We weren’t lost, we just didn’t know exactly where we were. In our attempt to find ourselves, we passed a rock knoll topped with a strange tower made of rock in the shape of a pyramid. It was built in such a way as to allow light to pass through it.

You never know what kind of strange things you will see in the backcountry. I took a picture so I could look at it later and drive myself nuts wondering what it was.

We finally found the trail we were looking for and took a turn that brought us to Dripping Spring at the entrance to Ten Mile Wash. The map showed a trail through the wash that would take us out on the Ruby Ranch Road. It looked innocent enough, but I had had been on this trail last year. The brush is so thick in spots that we lost the main part of our group trying to make our way through. It was getting late and I was sure this would not save time in getting back.

We backtracked to a junction that offered a route back to Ten Mile Road. It proved to be a fast track and we made it back to the trucks, finishing a ride of about 87 miles.

This trail is best taken in the spring or fall and is suitable for side-by-sides. It makes for a longer ride to go from Green River, but much of the trail is fast and fun to ride. When you go, take plenty of water, keep the rubber side down, and question your jerky.

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