Wipe Out Hill Trail

This trail tours a region south of Canyonlands Airport and west of Highway 191. It uses portions of Bartlett Wash, Tusher Canyon, Courthouse Pasture and the south cliff base of Big Mesa. Variety is its strong point, with a wide range of scenery and trail surface and a couple of challenging hills.

Difficulty Rating

5 (out of 10)


The landscape varies from the drab hills near the airport to the tall cliffs seen from Moab. In between are beautiful canyons having colorfully banded Entrada Sandstone walls, Determination Towers, and Monitor and Merrimac Buttes. The trail traverses at least seven major rock formations (Morrison, Entrada, Navajo, Kayenta, Wingate, Chinle, and Moenkopi) that were deposited over more than 100 million years, beginning about 200 million years ago.

Road Surface

There is a long stretch of broad, sandy washbottom and one short, but sometimes challenging, hill of blow-sand. One broken-rock hill leads back to a washbottom that is usually wet. There are a couple of areas of slickrock, some rock ledges, and a few miles of two-track on sandy dirt.


The Tusher Wash sand hill varies in difficulty with moisture content and recent digging by the heavy-foot crowd (a windstorm will fill it in again). Big tires will help. Wipe-Out Hill is short, but steep with irregular ledges and an abrupt tip-down that could "wipe out" a rocker panel. It is an exciting trip down and a 4+ rated optional climb back up. Rattlesnake Hill has its bumps spaced just right to catch those who don't have limber suspensions.

Wipe Out Hill

(38.72545, -109.73232)

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