Book Cliffs, Sego Canyon

A beautiful trail complete with amazing views and side trips that include a ghost town and Native American pictographs.

Total Miles

43

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Elevation
8,524'
Duration
6 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 10
Best Time
Spring or Fall

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Trail Overview
Book Cliffs, Sego Canyon
Are you in the mood for some beautiful views of Arches National Park, Merrimac Butte and Castle Valley? Pack a lunch and head to Book Cliffs, Sego Canyon. Doug's Point above Thompson Springs is a fun side trip and a great place for a picnic. Sego is a ghost town you can explore on your way to the high point at the end of Sego Canyon. Native American pictographs provide another option for a picnic. There is a staging area for ATVs and UTVs just north of the pavement. Make sure to remain on the designated routes, as this is a Wilderness Study Area.
History
The town of Sego was built sometime after 1911 when the land was bought from a local rancher by a group of Salt Lake City investors. The land held great promise as a source of coal, but dwindling water supplies doomed the operation. Thirteen bridges were built as part of a railroad that serviced the town. The mine closed in 1947.
Getting There
Take Highway 191 north from Moab about 30 miles to Crescent Junction at Interstate 70. After passing under freeway, follow paved frontage road east about 0.1 mile to paved Railroad Road on left.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM Moab Field Office
82 E. Dogwood Ave, Moab, UT 84532
435-259-2100