Black Dragon Wash Trail is a fun 4×4 and Hiking trail located near Green River, Utah. The trail is about 6.2 miles and features a small cave and some pictographs (including one of a dragon) on the cave walls.
Know Before You Go
Directions & Location
Directions: The entrance to the Black Dragon Canyon is easy to find using Google Maps:
Location: 38.9373, -110.41893
There are no bathrooms in this area, so make sure to use the restroom before you leave. You’ll also want to bring some toilet paper or wet wipes in case you need to go while on the trail.
This is not a handicap accessible trail. The trail going up to the pictographs is pretty mild and easy to get to. You could push a stroller or wheelchair to it, but after that, the trail gets really uneven and difficult to manage.
Cell coverage will vary depending on your provider, but we did not have cell reception the majority of the trail.
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The landscape of Southern Utah is very unique, and the Black Dragon Wash Trail features a lot of that beauty. The entire trail is in the middle of two steep cliffs, and there are gorgeous rock formations everywhere.
Towards the beginning of the hike is a panel of pictographs estimated to be around 1500 years old. They are the same style of pictographs found in Horseshoe Canyon and Canyonlands National Park. (Hint: The black dragon is relatively small and is to the left of the larger pictographs – it’s not actually black and it’s a bit hard to see).
You can hike a short way up past the dragon pictograph into a small cave if you want to explore the area a bit more.
While we hiked this trail, you can also ride this trail in a 4×4 vehicle, UTV or ATV.
Things to Bring
Food and Drink: There aren’t many options of places to eat outside of the Green River area and since you’ll likely be up in the trails for long enough that you’ll at least want to bring snacks! If you’re planning on doing the full hike, make sure to bring plenty of water and consider packing a lunch to eat at one of the many beautiful rock formations along the way.
Water Access: There is no water access here, so make sure to bring plenty of water for your family (I would bring more than enough so you are prepared in case something happens or you’re there longer than you thought – this isn’t isn’t a high traffic area).
Wet Wipes, Toilet Paper, Tissues and Hand Sanitizer: It’s a good idea to plan on bringing a few wet wipes to wipe off hands and faces before getting in your normal vehicle or eating lunch. You’ll likely want to bring a few tissues to take care of runny noses from the all the dirt and pollen that will be kicked up during the hike or ride, as well as some toilet paper and hand sanitizer in case you need to use the bathroom during your trip.
Camera: The Kanab area is stunning and definitely worth taking photos with your nicer camera. But your phone camera will do just fine too. Clothing: Make sure to dress for the weather that day. Southern Utah can seem cool in the morning but get above 100 easily throughout the day. Dress in layers and wear lightweight clothing. This is a long hike, so don’t overpack your gear if you’ll struggle to carry it in the heat. Sunscreen: Even when you think it’s not hot, the sun up the canyon can be blaring, so make sure to put sunscreen on any exposed skin before heading up the canyon.
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