The Bureau of Land Management invites you to ride the Dutchman Trail through the engaging Mojave Desert landscape. The 9 mile (14.5 km) loop trail has a Difficulty Rating of Easy so most everyone can enjoy this half-day trip. Dutchman Wash, the main drainage for the area, gave the trail its name. Normally dry, the wash can be full of water after heavy precipitation.
A highlight of the trail is a ½-mile side trip to Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site. This ancient rock art site is an outstanding showcase of petroglyphs (rock carvings) created by Native Americans thousands of years ago. Please leave your bicycles outside the fence.
At a Glance
|Difficulty Rating||Easy (Some rough wash crossings).|
|Trail Length (round-trip)||Short trip to Little Black Mountain only is 4.5 miles (7.2 km). The entire loop is 9 miles (14.5 km) around.|
|Trail Profile||200' (61 m) change in elevation, gradual slopes.|
|Trail Surface||Single lane roads and tracks, mostly clay with some gravelly sections. Occasional wash crossings.|
|Recommended Use Seasons||Fall, Winter and Spring.|
|Average Riding Time||Half day (2-3 hrs.).|
|Special Considerations||Trail becomes soft, sticky mud when wet.|
The trailhead is located 10 miles southeast of St. George, Utah. Take Sunshine Trail road to parking area just south of the Arizona state line. The trail starts on the road heading west along the fence, just follow the bicycle trail markers. If you wish to visit Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site, stay right at the junction marked with a two-headed arrow. To ride the entire loop, take the trail that heads left (South). This trail heads south to the power line road. Turn left (East) on the power line road and stay on the main road as it turns to the north and back to the trailhead parking area.
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
Arizona Strip Field Office
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
Phone: (435) 688-3200
Fax: (435) 688-3258
Field Manager: Lorraine Christian
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday