White Wash Slickrock
White Wash is a motorcycle and ATV playground located about 15 miles southeast of Green
River. There are some trails on the southwest corner of the region that
may call out to you. There's free rock-roaming on Entrada sandstone in the
area of the White Wash Sand Dunes. There's no marked trail on this
rock -- your challenge is to find the spots that let you attack each ledge
to conquer the next level of rock.
View from the main spur off Ruby Ranch
Road. You can park here and descend to go directly to the sand dunes.
|There are two ways into the sandstone, both of which involve
some involvement with sand. From the north, you can follow the motorcycle
singletrack Enduro Loop southbound down to White Wash, then jog into a
side wash on Brian's Trail. There's wash-bottom riding in sand.
So bring fat tires and thigh-to-spare, or be prepared to push your bike a
The Entrada sandstone in the White
Wash area offers slopes, ramps, and ridges. Part of the fun is finding the
"solution" to getting up to the next level on the sandstone.
|If you're looking for specific trails in this area,
may I suggest:
Dee Pass Loop (Intermediate)
Red Butte and Slot (Advanced)
Mary's Slickrock (Expert)
Dead Cow Loop (Adventure)
|The ride begins with a plunge from the bluff down to the
flats of White Wash. It's only 500 vertical in 0.8 mile, but some areas
are pretty steep. Whether you push your bike back uphill depends on how
much the motorcycles have torn up the surface. You'll ride the clays of
the late-Jurassic Morrison Formation down to the edge of the Entrada
The Entrada playgrounds are found at the base of the cliffs.
As as far as we could see, there's no way to ride this entire area
continuously -- small washes penetrate slot canyons, turning the Entrada
into sheer cliff.
||The second entry into the area is via the main parking on
the west side of the dunes. There are large parking corrals on the bluff
along Ruby Ranch Road. After descending to White Wash, you'd need to hoof
it northeast to reach the slickrock.
|Trail notes (if ridden continuously) from
the Enduro Trail:
0.0 Head south and plunge downward
0.9 Off the hill, heading S on ST
1.1 ST drops into wash
Cross wash to R for Playground 1
Down wash to continue ride
1.5 Small wash intersects White Wash
N 38° 48.616' W
Turn L (east)
1.8 Playground 2 on your L
(Portage bike up onto rock)
2.1 Wash veers R (south)
Photos coming after our
next exploration visit!
(Still working on the best
riding route and destinations.)
||Getting there, northern (Enduro) entry: On I-70, drive
13 miles east of
Green River. Get off at Floy Exit 175. Turn right and head south on Ruby
Ranch Road. At mile
4.1 from I-70, keep right (left is Blue Hills Road). At around mile 7,
keep left. Pass the barely-marked trailhead to Dee Pass at mile 7.2. When the
road rises to the top of the mesa and turns slightly northward at mile
9.1, look for a flat open spot on your left. Look carefully for tire
tracks crossing the road and heading south (to your left). GPS N 38°
49.572' W 110° 01.240'. This is the trailhead.
GPS track file (right-click and select "Save Target as..."):
GPX file of
|West (main Sand Dunes) entry: As above, go
southbound on Ruby Ranch Road. At mile 11.3, keep left at the fork.
The first entry forks left at mile 11.8. After 0.1 mile, there's a broad
parking area at the top of the bluffs. If your vehicle allows, you can
descend another 0.2 miles to the edge of White Wash.
South entry: For the south entry, stay straight (right) at
mile 11.8. There will be parking on the left at mile 12.7 N38 47.705 W110 03.540.Veer
left at mile 12.9. There will be four more parking spots along the road as
it goes southbound, with the first right at N38 47.574 W110 03.681 and a
final small spot on the edge of the bluff at N38 47.328 W110 03.788. The
descending path to White Wash (and climb back out) is rough but
(conditions permitting) can usually be done in a high-clearance SUV. Not
that I recommend it.
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