The Poison Spring OHV trail will take you on a remote desert drive crossing the Dirty Devil and riding among buttes and canyons that are hard to describe with words or pictures. We hope this will give you a good preview of a great trail for experienced riders, and we would strongly suggest taking some friends along and letting those at home know where you are going. Walking out of this area really isn’t an option, and it is remote.

Butch Cassidy is said to have hid out here among the remote canyons and red rocks in addition to the indigenous people who made these canyons their homes. Please respect the trails and any artifacts you may come across. Please also note the trail follows the Fiddler Butte Wilderness Study Area boundary just before you cross the Dirty Devil (that boundary also happens to run along the bench of the trail with a steep drop off so staying on the road is highly encouraged).

Basing out of Hanksville, Utah (17 miles from the trailhead) allows for close access to the trailhead to get an early start on the trail without a lot of additional travel. We spent six hours riding the trail for 70 miles at approximately 12 mph. You will want to plan on a long day out to allow for plenty of time for getting back. We rode the trail as an out and back, but there are trails in the area that will take you all the way back to highway 95 at Hite near Lake Powell (you will need a street-legal machine to ride within the boundaries of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area). You can shorten the trip by turning around at the Dirty Devil or the Dirty Devil may turn you around which still makes for five hours of fantastic riding.

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Would you like to see the trail in an animated 3D flyover map? If it appears to pause, that is likely a place I stopped for a while. It will continue, just wait a few moments. Link to 3D flyover.

Here is the 360 view at the trailhead. Feel free to tour around a bit inside Google Street Views. We have recorded the trail in 360 and it is now part of Google Street Views so you can take a virtual tour of the trail to see if it is for you. We’ve made it a bit easier to navigate, scroll down and you will see more 360 embedded tours as we encounter intersections, trail markers or interesting places along the trail.

On any image, you can click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner and the view will change to an overview map showing the Google Street View blue lines. You can click anywhere on that blue line and drop down to the 360 ground-level views at that point.

You can move the image 360 degrees, click the arrow to move further down the trail and zoom in and out to take a closer look. Clicking the box in the upper right-hand corner will enlarge to full screen for a better view.

The trail begins right off Highway 95 on BLM Route 15210. Turn left to head north on BLM 15015. BLM 15015 runs into 15000, turn right to head east where you will drop into Poison Spring Canyon. Keep right to continue heading southeast down the canyon. This is a good example of where the canyon opens up. Pay close attention to the weather before heading out this is a bad place to be if a flash flood comes through. Generally this trail is a sandy trail through the bottom of the canyon until you cross at the Dirty Devil. Cottonwoods or canyon walls may supply a little respite from the sun and a quiet place to listen to the canyon. Some spring foliage will really pop off the sunburned rock walls of the canyon. Keep a sharp eye and you may see petroglyphs and signs of previous visitors of the canyon (including the infamous Butch Cassidy). Please respect all archeology and be aware that includes artifacts that are as recent as 50 years ago. Stay right of the BLM 12020 route marker to head east toward the Dirty Devil. The spur to the left will climb into the benches of the canyon and appears to deadend overlooking Happy Canyon above the Dirty Devil. You will cross a cattleguard near this spot where we stopped to contemplate just how small we are among the grandness of the surrounding desert. This would be a good place to take a break if you are in a larger group. Dirty Devil Crossing. Make sure you have a good idea of how deep the river and how much water is flowing. This is a good place to turn around if you want to cut the trip in half *or if the river is higher than anticipated. This is where you will begin seeing trail markers for Poison Spring Route 1. Overlooking the Dirty Devil The road is pretty good overall but there may be segments that get washed out and you'll want to hug the inside of the road if you're afraid of heights. Grand views as you climb out of the canyon into the benches. Weaving in and out along the benches below the buttes. While this isn't a beginner ride it is a pretty good trail. This is where we turned around to make the trail an out and back. However, continuing on you can explore The Big Ridge and Sunset Pass. We will be uploading those tracks and 360 views in the near future. Parts of those trails will show up in Google Street View now if you wish to explore. There is a way to take this trail in and come out again on Highway 95 near Hite at Lake Powell.

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