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.

Parking instructions: 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 top.

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:


Description of the Route:


Specific hazards that can be found on this route.


Features - stock watering, grazing, campground, restrooms

Current Level of use by:


Area Tack and Equipment Dealers:


Hospital: Moab
Police/Fire/Ambulance: Moab
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 packing through.
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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