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River House Ruins

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Alt Names

San Juan River Recreation Management Area, Comb Wash, San Juan Hill, Navajo Spring, Snake Canyon, Butler Wash, Rincone Trading Post, Snake House Ruins, Mule Ear

Last Known StatusOpen

This scenic area offers about 10 miles of mostly hard packed and sandy trails that follow the San Juan River. The trail heads south from Highway 163 for about four miles and then turns east around San Juan Hill for a few miles.

Interesting sights along the way include an old abandoned ranch, the foundation of a trading post from 1850 plus the ancient ruins that at one time was the home of the Ancestral Puebloans. The ruins also contain petroglyphs, pottery and stone tool fragments.

Overall this is area makes for a nice day trip. For those on street legal machines looking to make a longer trip head back out to Hwy 163, heading west and taking the first dirt road on the right (north). This is S Comb Wash Road, which eventually ties into the Arch Canyon Trails.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityBluff, UT
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From: Blanding, UT
1) Take US-191 south about 30 miles
2) Continue west past the intersection for US-191 and US-163 3.6 miles
3) Turn left (south) onto an unmarked dirt road CR 2351, continue about 1 mile
4) Look for old wooden corrals, stage here.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandBLM

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended StayFull Day
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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4200 to 4400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly MaintainedTrails are marked with wooden posts.
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesUT OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.

FEES & PASSES

Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NE)San Juan County Hospital (435) 587-5054
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)K&C Trading Post (435) 672-2221
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (E)K&C Trading Post (435) 672-2221
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Sand Island Campground (435) 587-1504
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Cadillac Ranch RV Park (800) 538-6195
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Cadillac Ranch RV Park (800) 538-6195
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Sand Island Campground (435) 587-1504
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)K&C Trading Post (435) 672-2221
Swimming Swim AreaBluff, UT
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteSan Juan River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (E)Sand Island Boat Ramp (435) 587-1504

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Monticello Field Office
365 North Main Street
Monticello, UT 84535
(435) 587-1510
blm_ut_so_public_room@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoUtah State Parks OHV Education Office
1594 W North Temple, Suite 116
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(800) 648-7433
ohveducation@utah.gov
stateparks.utah.gov

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River House Ruins Trail Photo

River House Ruins Trail

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River House Ruins Trail Photo

River House Ruins Trail

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River House Ruins Trail Photo

River House Ruins Trail

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