Dark Canyon East Trail


Dark Canyon East (5006)

Description: The Dark Canyon East Trail #006 is 4.8 miles long. It begins at The Notch on Forest Road #088 (Elk Ridge) and ends at Scorup Cabin and Forest Road #378 (Dark Canyon Corridor). This trail descends 678 feet in the first 0.5 mile of trail after which it follows a gully at the bottom of the canyon. This trail travels through Dark Canyon Wilderness, designated in 1984 and along an intermittent stream dropping from Elk Ridge to the bottom of Dark Canyon. The Wilderness was designated for its deep canyon graced with unique steep sandstone cliffs and a vast archeological record. Please leave what you find for future users to enjoy as well as for further research by archeologists. It is against the law to remove or disturb archeological resources. Scorup Cabin is a historic originally located in Rig Canyon for use by an oil company. J.A. Scorup moved it to its current location to use as accomodations for his cowhands from 1930 until the 1970s. Please use caution in/around the cabin and do not stay overnight in it.

This trail is in designated wilderness. This trail is very steep with some unstable surfaces. Be sure that you are comfortable in this type of terrain. This trail is often combined with other trails in Dark Canyon Wilderness for in-and-out and/or loop backpacking trips. One of the more popular overnight loops is to combine this trail with #025 (Horse Pasture) and Forest Roads #154 (Deadman Point) and #088 (North Elk Ridge). Other trails it maybe combined with include: #006 (West Dark Canyon Trail), #007 (Trail Canyon), #023 (Brushy Knoll), #026 (Kigalia Canyon), #157 (Peavine Canyon), #161 (Rig Canyon) and #165 (Woodenshoe).

Trail conditions vary widely with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.

Difficulty Level:

Usage: Light


Open to: Hiking and Horseback Riding.

Water: Water is only seasonally available in Dark Canyon Wilderness. Users should carry water as well as systems to purify water. Users should contact the USFS for current water availability information.

Restroom: There is no restroom available.

Operated by: Forest Service

Information Center: Monticello Ranger District (435) 587-2041

Directions: From Blanding, head south on US-191 S/S Main St. Turn right onto UT-95 N and travel 6.3 miles. Turn right onto Co Rd 228/Cottonwood and travel 4.9 miles. Slight left to stay on Co Rd 228/Cottonwood and travel 0.4 miles. Continue onto Elk Mountain/Forest Road #092 (South Elks) and travel 14.6 miles. Slight right onto South Elk Ridge #088 and travel 7.6 miles to Dark Canyon East Trail #006.

Latitude: 37 44’ 45.1”N (37.745851 Decimal Degrees)

Longitude: 109 45’ 45.7”W (-109.762683 Decimal Degrees)