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 Coyote Canyon Motorized Route

The Coyote Canyon motorized route is an extreme trail specifically designated for rock crawler-type vehicles only. The recommended route is in a clockwise direction, up a small canyon and down another. Although it is only 0.65 miles long, it can easily take all day to navigate as refrigerator-sized boulders must be traversed. Only HEAVILY modified vehicles can make it through. This route provides rock crawler enthusiasts an opportunity to challenge both their rigs and skills in a unique setting.

Coyote Canyon Bulletin Board

Registration System and Limitations for Use of Coyote Canyon

The Moab Field Office (MFO) of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has designated the 0.65 miles of Coyote Canyon as open to motorized travel with limitations as allowed in 43 CFR 8340. To ensure compliance with these limitations, registration will be required to use Coyote Canyon. This information sheet explains the limitations and the registration system that will be used.

Coyote Canyon is located approximately 13 miles south of Moab off of the Black Ridge Road which is 0.2 miles south of MM 113 on the east side of Hwy 191. The trailer parking area is located right at the Hwy 191/Black Ridge Road junction.  Access to Coyote Canyon is 1.5 miles from the parking area on the Black Ridge Road.

Free Registration System

The MFO maintains a free registration system for the use of Coyote Canyon.  Registration will be issued to one group (7 vehicles maximum) on Fridays and Saturdays from February 16 through November 30.  Limitations of use as outlined below will be attached to the vehicle registration. Reservations may be made up to 60 days in advance of the group’s desired date, i.e. reservations for a March 30 trip could be made as early as January 30. To register, call 435-259-2100 or 2102. A list of the limitations is on the second page of the reservation form and it must be in the group leader's possession when running the canyon. 

Registration Form for Coyote Canyon

Calendar Showing Available Dates for Coyote Canyon Use

Coyote Canyon Information Sheet

Only seven vehicles will be allowed to run Coyote Canyon on the date secured by the group leader. The group leader must sign the registration for the group and agree that all limitations will be adhered to during its use of Coyote Canyon. A signed copy of the registration MUST be returned to the MFO by noon the day prior to the registered use date and may be returned by fax to 435-259-2158, scan/email to, or in person at 82 E. Dogwood in Moab.

The Coyote Canyon gate will remain closed and locked to general public use. Registered users will be issued the combination and are required to lock the gates behind them as they enter or exit the canyon. The combination will be changed on a regular basis to limit access.


1.      Motorized use of Coyote Canyon will be on Fridays and Saturdays with only one registered group per day with a maximum of 7 vehicles per group.

2.      Only the route shown on the designated route map of Coyote Canyon may be used.  There will be no travel in Kane Creek Wash outside the designated route.

3.      All motorized use of Coyote Canyon will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  All vehicles must be off the route by 5 p.m.

4.      All vehicles in the registered group must have mufflers.

5.      Only full sized, “rock crawling” vehicles will be allowed to use Coyote Canyon;
no motorcycles, ATVs or UTVs.

6.      There will be no winching from trees. All groups are required to carry and utilize spill kits to contain fluid leaks.

7.      There will be no use of Coyote Canyon from December 1 through February 15 to protect deer winter range and to limit use during the muddy season.

8.      Organized groups and/or commercial permittees may utilize Coyote Canyon, and are required to use the registration system. There will be no competitive use of Coyote Canyon.

9.      Trailer parking is available at the junction of Hwy 191 and the Black Ridge Road. No trailer parking is available at the trail head.

Provision for Disabled Vehicles
A reasonable attempt must be made on the day of registered use to move disabled vehicles to the entrance of Coyote Canyon on the Black Ridge Road. Disabled vehicles may remain at the Coyote/Black Ridge Road intersection for up to 48 hours. If a vehicle cannot be moved to the Black Ridge Road, registrants must move the vehicle so that Coyote Canyon is not blocked. Do not leave disabled vehicles in front of the entry gate. If registrants cannot remove the vehicle on the day of their trip, they may return the following day to retrieve the vehicle. The trip leader must call the MFO on the first business day following the vehicle retrieval to inform the BLM of the additional entry into Coyote Canyon. All use of Coyote Canyon must cease by 5 p.m., including attempts to remove disabled vehicles.

Coyote Canyon Map

Coyote Canyon Photos

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