Elk Ridge Recreation Area

Manti-La Sal National Forest, Near Blanding, Utah

Elk Ridge Recreation Area does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


The Elk Ridge Recreation Area is located in San Juan County, Utah, west of Monticello and north of Blanding in southeastern Utah.  It lies west of Cottonwood Road to Elk Ridge, west to the Dark Canyon Wilderness boundary, and from the north Forest boundary to the south Forest boundary.  The easiest access is from SR-95.  It is in close proximity to Natural Bridges NM to the southwest, Canyonlands NP to the north and Blanding, Utah to the southeast.

The Elk Ridge Road runs the length of the areas from the north to the south.  Dark Canyon and its tributaries begin high on the edge of Elk Ridge at an elevation of 8,800 feet and cut through layers of sandstone and limestone to the upper reaches of Lake Powell and the Colorado River, ending up at 3,700 feet.  The Forest Service manages the upper end of the canyon, which includes the 45,000 acre Dark Canyon Wilderness Area.

Information on the Elk Ridge Scenic Backway can be found HERE.

Dark Canyon Wilderness information can be found HERE.