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Black Dragon ATV Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Black Dragon Wash, Sinkhole Flat, Rattlesnake Reservoir, Black Dragon Reservoir, San Rafael River, San Rafael Swell

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the San Rafael Swell offers a unique offroad trail that forms a moderately challenging loop that takes riders though a narrow but scenic canyon. The trail starts off as a typical smooth desert road but as you edge closer toward the canyon the terrain changes and becomes more rugged before turning into a sand wash.

The trail is popular with ATVs and UTVs but is wide enough to accomodate Jeeps. Note that camping is prohibited within the canyon but is permitted outside of the wash. Those looking for a designated campground should try the San Rafael Bridge Campground, which is about 15 miles further north past the main entrance.

The canyon is known for its colorful pictographs. The trail is open year-round but the best time to visit is during the spring or fall months.

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Permit RequiredYesUT OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoNon-residents must purchase a non-resident OHV permit.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areasnot permitted in canyon
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on designated trails
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation5000 to 6150 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
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 some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Fewseasonal water crossings
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 little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails



Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (E)Chevron (435) 564-3302
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (E)Chevron (435) 564-3302
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (E)Green River State Park (435) 564-3633
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (E)Green River State Park (435) 564-3633
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (E)Green River State Park (435) 564-3633
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (N)San Rafael Bridge Campground (435) 636-3600
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (E)Chevron (435) 564-3302


Tent: $6.00
RV: $6.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
San Rafael Bridge Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityGreen River, UT
AddressBuckhorn Draw Road, Green River, UT 84525
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Green River, UT
1) Take I-70 West to Exit 131
2) Turn right (north) at the stop sign onto Buckhorn Draw Road, continue 5.7 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto Swaseys Leap Road, continue 1.8 miles
4) Turn left (north-east) onto turnoff for Jackass Benches, continue 2.7 miles toward trailhead.


Contact InfoBLM - Green River District
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
(435) 781-4400


Black Dragon ATV Trail Photo

Black Dragon ATV Trail

Photo Submitted 4/27/2017 (Thanks!)

Black Dragon ATV Trail Photo

Black Dragon ATV Trail

Photo Submitted 4/28/2017 (Thanks!)

Black Dragon ATV Trail Photo

Black Dragon ATV Trail

Photo Submitted 4/28/2017 (Thanks!)

Black Dragon ATV Trail Photo

Black Dragon ATV Trail

Photo Submitted 4/28/2017 (Thanks!)

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