Bloody Hands Gap
Submitted by members of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah

Disclaimer: The following trail description was kindly submitted by BCHU horsemen. 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: Bloody Hands Gap

Direction to trail entrance from parking area: East

Elevation at trailhead: 5280

Trailhead Latitude and Longitude: N 38 11' 13.063", W 111 5' 35.732"

Property of: BLM (435) 896-1500

Camping and use restrictions at the trailhead and along the route: Almost no restrictions, use weed free hay, clean up manure and dropped hay. Primitive camping only.

BCHU Chapter: San Rafael Utah Back Country Horsemen

Difficulty: Easy

To complete this route, horses need to be: Moderately Fit

Directions to the Trailhead from:
Turn south on Notom Road which is 20 miles east of Torrey off of Utah 24. Follow the road 7.4 miles to the jeep road leaving east from Notom Road.

Parking instructions:
Park along the dirt road or along the stream area about a quarter mile from Notom Road

Follow the jeep road east or cut across the open desert. The trail starts out in the river bottoms in cottonwoods and willows and on out to the desert country.

Type of route: Out and Back

Length of entire route: approximately 8.5 mi

Estimated ride duration: 3 hours

scenery, conditioning, desert, go prepared for anything and everything.

Months of accessibility: all year

Normal ranges of ambient comfort during the recommended months of use:

Winter - cool to cold
Spring - cool to warm

Summer - hot
Fall - warm to cool

Description of the Route:

General - Jeep trail
Predominant Surface- Dirt

Other surfaces - Slick rock, loose rock, sand

Hazards that can be found on this route:


Deep or wide water crossing, flash floods, slick rock


Obstacles: None noted

Features - water for stock (bring drinking water), grazing,


Current Level of use by:

Hikers: Low
Bicyclists: Low

ATV's: Low

High = greater than 7 groups; Low = less than 3

Area Tack and Equipment Dealers:

1. JS Saddlery & tack 75 E. Main Wellington 435-+637-4428


BLM Office -

Road Conditions:

***Additional notes: .


Maps: USGS Notom Utah 7.5 min QUAD, Salina Sectional

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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