Pritchett Canyon 4x4 Trail

HARD 4 reviews

Pritchett Canyon 4x4 Trail is a 18.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, birding, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

18.8 miles
2,526 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips

off road driving



One of the toughest trails in Moab Although the canyon is scenic, a driver barely has time to notice. Most of his attention is spent trying to survive the obstacles. Left side of canyon is Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Always stay to right side of canyon following route markers. After completing main canyon, consider adding side trip to impressive Pritchett Arch. Final leg to arch requires short, but steep hike.Located on BLM land. For current status call Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office at (435) 259-2100. Rating: Extremely difficult. Many well-equipped hardcore rigs won't get through without winching or being strapped. Rollovers and broken axles are a common occurrence, especially for overly aggressive drivers. The two most challenging obstacles are Rocker Knocker and Axle Hill. The Rock Pile, once the toughest obstacle, is no longer used. Everyone goes right up a not-so-easy bypass. Take full advantage of winch points at Chewy Hill, Rocker Knocker, Axle Hill and Yellow Hill. Minimum tire size 33 inches. Recommend lockers front and rear with very low gearing.

Monday, August 07, 2017

First time hiking in the desert, and we made some pretty stupid mistakes; not checking the length of the trail, not bringing enough water etc. Ended up in a bad situation, but that's far from the trails fault! Really cool views and rock formations. Once you get out of the canyon and circle around the arch, there isn't much to look at. I would love to tackle this one again when better prepared.

off road driving
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Had an awesome day here with my wife. It was great for our first true trail experience!

off road driving
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Managed to gently roll my jeep on its side. Then drive it back into four wheels with the help of some friends. Good times.

Sunday, April 05, 2015