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Apr 18, 2012

Eagle Canyon / Devil's Racetrack, San Rafael Swell

This is one of the more popular loops in the San Rafael Swell. The distance is around 50 miles and makes it's way first past Swazey's Cabin, then down Eagle Canyon under the I-70 Bridges and eventually loops back on Devil's Racetrack. Our first stop along the way was at a pictograph called "Lone Warrior". We then made our way to Swazey Cabin where the Eagle Canyon Trail Head is located. There is a sign at the pull off to the cabin and the trail is well marked. Shortly after the trail head sign is a place called the icebox, where food was apparently kept cool at one time. After that, it's a little ways to Eagle Arch which is a nice place to stop again to take in the sites and take a short break. After the arch it's under the I-70 bridges. The bridges are really neat to see and wonder exactly how they were built. At the end of Eagle Canyon, you turn right and head up towards Eva Conover Road. Eva Conover Road wanders generally North towards South Coal Wash, then switches back to the South on North Coal Wash. From North Coal Wash we took the spur to Devil's Racetrack and eventually made our way past Dutchman Arch and back under I-70 to our camp.

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"Lone Warrior"

Swasey Cabbin
Swasey Cabin

"Ice Box" area
"Ice Box" area
Eagle Arch
Eagle Arch


I-70 Bridges
I-70 Bridges

Eva Conover Rd
Overlook, Eva Conover Rd
Eva Conover Rd


Camp

Special thanks to gardinerfamilyadventures.wordpress.com for helping us plan this trip! Be sure to check out this site for more great trip reports!!

2 comments:

  1. Your photos and video don't give any indication of the fierce wind we had that day. Nice job on the steps section of Devil's Racetrack! I have yet to ride that section clean - I always kill my bike about 20 times. Looks like a solitary day other than that crazy mob at Eagle Arch ;-) You should include the story about your trail-side repair. That is a story worth sharing.

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    1. Haha, thanks! Yea you're right about the story. I got lazy on this post with everything going on. Leaving it overnight then riding out to get parts to weld in Green River was something I won't forget. I'm glad our family pulled together, getting back to the trailer before dark that night with everyone in decent spirits was a big relief. I'm glad we made it as far as we did before the wheel broke off though. I trust the repair that was made, now I need to check the other side before we go out again. This was something I should have seen before we even headed out that morning. Thanks again for helping so much with the trip planning! I'm still really enjoying your new web site.

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