Originally Posted by skik2000
Do you have any other trail recs in that area? I will likely be back over Thanksgiving. I'd be interested in something easily accessible as just a day trip.
Kinda depends on whether you want to sight see or challenge your Jeep.
If you've never done it, take the easternmost Ut 128 turnoff to Cisco, then drop south down the canyon to Moab. The part of 128 closest to I-70 has deteriorated it almost rates as a trail even though paved.
At that eastern turnoff from 70, there are some old BLM trails that head to the cliffs.
Just north of Moab on 128, if you've never been there, take the La Sal Loop road. About halfway around there is a junction where that loop road heads west, but you can take the roughly 90 plus degree right turn toward old Miners Basin. [memory is dim here as to where to turn to the old Fowler mine near Miners Basin, sorry, but is along a creek]
Or just continue to Moab, then head up to the old city dump and keep going across some readily traversible slick rock that ends up joining the La Sal loop. You'll go past the infamous Lions Back, and there are all sorts of little side trails to explore.
From inside Moab, head to Kane Creek Blvd on the south side of town, and go past the petroglyphs, and just keep going till bored. Again some nice side trails for the route less traveled. Where Kane Creek splits with it going east, you can head west to Hurrah Pass. Looks uglier than it is.
You can also head north out of Moab, and take the old Potash road on the east side of the Colorado. From there, you can hit Poison Spider, or take Long Canyon up to where it heads into Dead Horse Point.
I rather like heading about 14 miles east of Green River, and take the Ruby Ranch road south at Floy Wash. Some incredible rock hounding down there on the Agate Hills trails.
Just east of Green River, take Hastings to Beach road and keep going till it ends, but runs right along the Green along the way. A few old BLM trails split off to the east.
Or, you can take East Main out of Green River to the old Missile Base road, and pick up Crystal Geyser road and go down to the geyser along the river. There is more dinosaur bone in the little side canyons off the geyser road, plus in the cliffs behind the geyser than you can shake a stick at. Also some interesting white soft onyx just behind the geyser and along the river edge if the water is low enough. Watch out, some retards put rocks in the geyser and they can be dangerous if it has a nice high blow.
In downtown Green River, there is an old airport road that is one of the only crossings of the railroad tracks. Head south and pretty much branch in any direction. The western branches pick up roads to Hanksville.
Between Green River and Hanksville there are roads/trails galore to east and west.
The ones to the west head into some really good rockhounding, geodes, etc. These are the big wide washes where you can head west and go till you give up. Don't park in the wash if there are clouds in the sky to the west, pull up and out.
Goblin Valley is a bit further down, worth seeing as long as you don't tip over any goblins.
To the east, the old Ace Acerson mine road can take you toward the river, take the Gillis Ranch Road where it splits off not long after you leave 24. That meets the Sand Road, where you can head a tad north and pick up San Rafael road that can head north back to Green River, or south to the middle of nowhere, or turn onto Bull Bottoms and head east to the River.
You'll want a good map to keep going, where if you wander around without getting lost, you can get to the Hans Flat Ranger Station and head east into CanyonLands west of the Colorado.
I wouldn't go too far down south of Green River or east of the old Hanksville road without a buddy in a vehicle that can tow you. In My Non Humble Opinion, this is for folks who think the traditional Moab trails are for wimps.