Pack Creek Headquarters - USFS 41
USGS Derived Map
Submitted by members of theBack Country Horsemen of Utah
Disclaimer: The following trail description was kindly submitted by horsemen in the Moab area.
Use this information at your own risk. As with all horse related activities,
trail riding is a sport with a considerable amount of inherent danger and risk.
No guarantee is either stated or implied that you will find any of the information listed below to be accurate.
Name of the Trailhead: Pack Creek
Direction to trail entrance from parking area: East and Southwest
Elevation at trailhead: 6324 Ft
Trailhead Longitude and Latitude: 45oN, 55oW
Property of: Forest Service
Camping and use restrictions at the trailhead and along the route: weed free hay,
camp in established areas use of portable corrals and pickets are approved. The best place
is on the left of the road as you are entering the camping area. You can walk horses to the
creek and there is water all year.
BCHU Chapter: Southeastern Utah BCH
Difficulty: Moderate - horse will need to be accustomed to high altitude
To complete this route, horses need to be: Moderately Fit
Directions to the Trailhead from: MoabMap
Take Spanish Valley Drive south past Ken's Lake. Turn right across creek at the Pack
Creek Ranch turnoff. Continue past ranch until you reach camp/picnic area. The drive is
about 12 miles from Moab.
Try to park above the pithouse toilet, but you may need to turn around first and back
down from above and adjacent to private property and gate.
TRAIL-ROUTE DIRECTIONS AND DESCRIPTION: Diagram|USGS Derived Map
From the Pack Creek Campground, Go back down the road you drove in on and turn left
onto the gravel road by the creek (USFS 719). Go past minor road to left, about 2 miles
up. Stay left when road forks further up. Gains about 1500 ft of elevation from bottom to
Type of route: up and back
Length of entire route: approximately 9 mi
Estimated ride duration: 4« hours
Attractions: cooler summer temperatures, access to USFS Trail 41 which climbs to La Sal pass
Months of accessibility: May - October
Normal ranges of ambient comfort during the recommended months of use:
May - chilly to cold
June- cool to chilly
July- warm to cool
August- warm to cool
September- warm to cool
October- cool to chilly
Description of the Route:
General - jeep trail
Predominant Surface- dirt and gravel
Other surfaces - loose rock
Specific hazards that can be found on this route.
Steep drop offs beside trail
Features - stock watering, grazing, campground, restrooms
Current Level of use by:
High = greater than 7 groups; Low = less than 3
Area Tack and Equipment Dealers:
1. Moab Outdoors, 702 S Main, (435) 259-5731
2. Spanish Valley Feed Store, 2728 S Hwy 191, (435) 259 6315
3. Farm City, 1195 S Hwy 191, (435) 259-0169
USFS Office - (435) 259-7155
Road Conditions: Generally good from June through September
*** additional notes - the road goes through private property for about ¬ mile. Please
stay on the road through the flagged section.
Occasionally people hunt bears in this area, as permits allow. Be careful.
If you plan to use USFS trail 41, be prepared to stay out overnight. Scout trail before
Remember always to use your best judgement.
Always take a moment to consider the suitability the weather,
trail conditions, your horsemanship skills, the skill of those in your party, and perhaps most important...the physical and mental condition of your horses before each trip.
Safe Trails !!!
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