Best Pack Creek Trail Horseback Riding

The 24th most popular equestrian trail in Utah.

  Moab, Utah, US


  August 16, 2016

Southeast of Moab, the Pack Creek Trail is a 4.5 hour ride on dirt and gravel with loose rock.

To reach the trailhead, head south from Moab on Hwy 191, turn left at mile post 118 onto Old Airport Road. Turn right onto Spanish Valley Drive .5 miles. Go past the Kens Lake turn off and continue on the LaSal Mountain Loop Road. Turn right towards Pack Creek Picnic Area onto Pack Creek Road. Park just past the Pack Creek Picnic Area. The trailhead is back before the cattleguard you just crossed, west of the picnic entrance. (There is a gate to bypass the cattleguard).

From the parking area, just before the cattleguard at the picnic area entrance, start riding up USFS 719, a gravel road going to the south just before the USFS Pack Creek Campground. Stay on the gravel road as it climbs through an easement of private property. Go past a minor road to the left, and an old cattle loading ramp on the right. Continue gaining elevation until you reach a fork in the road. Take the left fork for another mile. The road ends and the trial begins with a creek crossing. Continue horseback riding up the trail, which will eventually climb to 10,000 feet at La Sal Pass. This part of the trail is best for experienced riders and stock. There are incredible views of the mountains along this trail.

Overall, Pack Creek Trail is the 24th most popular horse trail of all 25 horseback rides in Utah. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Pack Creek Trail including Seven Mile Canyon Trail, Onion Creek Trail and Kens Lake Trail.

Local Contacts:  BLM (435) 259-2100; Utah Tourism (800) UTAH-FUN; Moab Tourism (800) 635-6622; Moab Central Res. (800) 505-5343.

Best Season:  Mar. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Mar. - Nov.

Base Camp:  OK RV (435) 259-1400, BLM Onion Creek Group Campsite (435) 259-2100

Luxury Loding:  Gonzo Inn, Moab

Breakfast Restaurant:  Jailhouse Cafe, Moab; Moab Diner

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  18163

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