Velvet Ridge / Hell’s Hole

LOCATION
Both the Velvet Ridge and Sand Creek staging areas are located off Highway 24 between Bicknell and Torrey.

TRAIL TYPE
This is an ATV and bicycle trail. They are the same path so be aware of other people.

DISTANCE
From the Velvet Ridge staging area the trail is 19 miles round trip. From the Sand Creek staging area it is a similar distance depending on what you do in the ATV/OHV recreation area.

DIFFICULTY  Moderate
Moderate. There are a couple of spots that are a little difficult, but are still passable. The last mile to Hell’s Hole is extreme.

DESCRIPTION
The trail mostly consists of abrasive bennoite and loose red rock. Towards Hell’s Hole the trail gets sandy.

EQUIPMENT
This trail has been designated for ATV and mountain bikes.

ENVIRONMENT
The weather varies greatly and will affect the trail conditions greatly. Be sure to check the Visitors Center before heading out.

SAFETY
Make sure to wear proper equipment especially on the Ridge, because the surface is so unsteady.

TRAIL TIP
Be sure to always wear the proper equipment. Because this trail is shared with other kinds of travelers, it is important for you to be safe and to consider the safety or others.

TRAIL COORDINATES / POINTS OF INTEREST

Name (Click name below to view map) GPS Latitiude Longitude
Sand Creek Trailhead N 38d18’38” W 111d25’59” 38.310556 -111.433056
Hell’s Hole Trail N 38d19’41” W 111d26’26” 38.328056 -111.440556
Velvet Ridges Trailhead N 38d18’37” W 111d31’04” 38.310278 -111.517778
Great Western Trail Overlook N 38d18’41” W 111d27’54” 38.311389 -111.465


Take in the Views

Take in the Views

Once you have entered Hell’s Hole, you can explore the entire area on foot.The Hell’s Hole area is filled with rock formations that are ideal for walking and climbing. The elevation at Hell’s Hole is 8650 ft.

 

Get a closer look

View the listed coordinates for different points of interest along the trail.

Get a closer look

 

Do it at your own pace

Do it at your own pace

There is so much to do along this trail that rushing it could amost be impossible. Indicated on the map is an area with green trails which is an OHV/ATV recreation area. This play area has no designated trails, just exploring. Boundaries are well marked. So make sure you take some time to play here. Just make sure to ride with the proper equipment and to make smart choices in riding.

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Velvet Ridge / Hell's Hole

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