Overview: Devil’s Racetrack is one of the most well-known and well-travelled tracks of Southern Utah. Less well-known are the many side-spurs currently open for exploration. Located just outside of Green River and north of the San Rafael Swell, Sinbad Valley offers fantastic variety in terrain and scenery; with banking turns, dramatic sandstone cliffs, and hidden destinations, this area is well worth your while to explore. If you are out exploring the Devil’s Racetrack and looking to get away from the crowds, the spur we are about to reveal is a great option for a remote adventure. Featuring some of the area’s best views and located near several ideal dispersed campsites, this trail extends into the Sinbad Valley and ends at an ancient petroglyph site that is sure to add a memorable experience to your adventure.
Getting There: Though visible on BLM and other publicly available maps, this side spur is unnamed. We will refer to the spur in this guide as Sinbad Spur #1. Sinbad Spur #1 turns off of Devil’s Racetrack at 38°52’35.14″N and 110°46’2.35″W. It extends about 0.27 miles from the main trail and ends at ancient, Native American petroglyphs. Located adjacent to this spur, you may find several spurs off of Devil’s Racetrack that end in excellent dispersed campsites. This spur is accessible to most high clearance vehicles.
(This is just one example of the many excellent dispersed campsites in the area. Should you choose to use one of these sites, please use LEAVE NO TRACE practices. Pack out what you pack in, and keep the site pristine for everyone.)
There are several ways to approach this spur within the many existing trails within the Sinbad Valley area. Take time to familiarize yourself with the map and coordinates and plan a route that best fits you and your group. Be sure to not head off into the backcountry alone and tell someone where you are going before starting your trip. You will find the petroglyphs at the end of this route at GPS coordinates 38°52’46.90″N and 110°45’54.83″W.
As always, utilize LEAVE NO TRACE practices. Irresponsible recreation leads to ecological damage, road closures, and loss of access to important resources. It is important that motorized users stay on the trail and camp within a 30′ buffer zone on either side of the road.
Sinbad Spur #1 and other nearby spurs discussed in this article are at risk of closure under claims of natural reclamation if they are not used. Please come and enjoy this beautiful area and help to keep our roads open.
This route report is part of a larger guidebook BRC is completing to educate users about high-value motorized trails that are at risk of closure if we don’t use them. This guidebook will be called the Lost Trails Guidebook, and has been funded by a generous grant from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative with Jorgensens Powersports as a sponsoring dealership.