Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

One may ask, what the hell is Rock Canyon Point. We got to know about this point, when reading an old description about trails northwest of Moab, UT last year and when we did our run to ‘The Very End‘. Rock Canyon is the largest tributary of Ten Mile Canyon. The trail itself is a loop trail, starting from the oil well at oil well road. Loneliness is guaranteed. We did not see any other vehicle in this area.

We started from Moab on US191 northward and turned to the left on US313. At 12S 60433X 427608X (UTM/NAD27) we are turning right towards Dubinky Well Road.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

At 12S 60266X 42775X we are again turning right:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

We are following Dubinky Well Road and to the left the landmark ‘The Needles’ and the Rainbow Rocks can be seen:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Shortly before arriving at Dubinky Well we are turning left onto Spring Canyon Point Road (12S 59726X 428286X).

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Here we are driving straight towards Tombstone Butte (‘The Needles’).

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

The Rainbow Rocks can be seen at its best:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

If you are looking behind you, the La Sal Mountains are visible:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Directly after passing ‘The Needles’ is a right turn to the Rainbow Terrace-Trail. But we are going straight on Spring Canyon Point Road and enjoy the vicinity.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

The trail was slightly easy, just with a few rocky spots…..

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

….until we reach the right turn at 12S 58945X 428219X onto Oil Well Road:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

We are now following Oil Well Road….

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

….and meet the oil well at 12S 58535X 428252X. To the east is a trail system, which leads to a lot of hiking starting points i.e. into Frackles Canyon, Sand Canyon or Trail Canyon.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Shortly after the oil well is a right turn at 12S 58531X 428242X. This trail to the right leads to Rock Canyon Point. If one continues straight at this point, he may reach ‘The Very End‘.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

After this right turn we are going straight and Ten Mile Canyon is coming closer and closer.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

At a fork we are using the left spur. The right one we are coming down on our way back from Rock Canyon Point via the loop trail. In front of us we see the slickrock areas, we have to pass.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

The rim of Rock Canyon is also coming closer.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Here a view back, from where we came.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Soon we are arriving at a viewpoint at the rim of Rock Canyon. Here one can have some outstanding views into Rock Canyon itself:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

On the opposite side are some slickrock domes, we are climbing up later:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

But this viewpoint was not the real Rock Canyon Point. To reach the real point, we have to cross some more slickrock areas. Route finding is not so easy, so my ‘spotter’ was walking in front of me to show me the best route option.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Here we continued and in the background of the following picture one can see the spur going up the hill.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Before we went up the hill, we made a short brake and hiked again to the rim region. of Rock Canyon. In the background of the following picture the ‘cross point’ of Ten Mile Canyon and Rock Canyon is visible.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

There are also some nice and geological interesting things to find:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

The spotter also forced the driver to come out of the vehicle to be taken on a picture:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Here a view into the vicinity:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

After this short brake we are continuing on the trail…

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

…until we reach at 12S 58267X 428163X Rock Canyon Point, where Rock Canyon meets Ten Mile Canyon. According to old descriptions, there should be also a possibility to find arrow heads, but we were not successful.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

From here one can also have gorgeous views and even the flowers were showing up on our visit:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

There was also some natural ‘rock art’:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

In the background the Duma Point region and the Book Cliffs could be seen:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

But we had to continue on the loop trail after some time….

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

We followed a hardly visible trail along Ten Mile Canyon.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

My spotter again had to walk in front of me to find out the best route options.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

After some time we are again arriving at a nice viewpoint at the rim of Ten Mile Canyon (12S 58313X 428226X) The following pictures shows the region, we crossed before coming to this viewpoint.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

After this viewpoint this trail gets easier and we are continuing on our way back to the oil well.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Here a picture of the fork, mentioned at the beginning of this trip report. The left trail we went in towards Rock Canyon Point.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Soon we are back at the oil well.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

At the oil well we turned right to visit the opposite side of Rock Canyon. We used the connection trail, which goes to the trail to ‘The Very End‘. This connecting spur crosses the end of Rock Canyon.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

This part ot the trail seems to be seldom used::

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

After a short time, we are reaching a trail, which also comes down from Spring Canyon Point Road and which connects to ‘The Very End‘. We went into a small spur to the right and stopped to do our hike up to the slickrock domes at the Rock Canyon Rim

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

From here also good views are possible.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Here should also be one more trail, the Mercat trail. We were hoping to spot this trail from this high position. It seems, that there is some trail part visible in the following picture:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

But Mercat trail we have on our ‘to do’ list for one of our next visits here in this region. We are now heading back to Spring Canyon Point Road on the trail, coming from ‘The Very End ‘:

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Being back on Spring Canyon Point Road we had some time left. So we went on Rainbow Terrace trail to go back to Moab via Blue Hills Road.

Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT

Most of the shown picture include the gps positions, where they were taken, in the exif data.

The trail was easy to moderate at tthe time, we drove it. After leaving Rock Canyon Point and going back to the oil well via the loop trail, navigation was not easy for some parts.

For a better orientation, one can downlload a gpx file of this trip:

Tracklog: Rock Canyon Point, Moab, UT (90 downloads)

And here is an overview of the area, we visited:

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