This area called "Black Ridge" should not be confused with the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area. Even though 5200 of its acres extend into Grand County, Utah; the primary portion of the 75, 000 plus acres is located in Colorado, with the main entrance being in Fruita, CO.
Black Ridge is overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) whose rules and regulations should be adhered to. There are also private property sections along the road, so stay away from these areas; this recreation area is vast, so no need to trespass. There are many designated camping areas, some off the beaten path, and many signs letting you know where you cannot camp at all. By the way, Black Ridge is part of the Moab Jeep Safari, an annual event that takes place for nine days around, and including, Easter weekend.
If you are into "rock crawling", then 1.5 miles down the road from the parking entrance of Black Ridge is an area called "Coyote Canyon". Even though the trail is only .65 of a mile long; going over refrigerator sized boulders might just take a good part of the day to traverse. I've seen photos of these vehicles at an almost completely vertical position attempting to go over some of these rocks. This is an activity that goes into the category of "Oh Hell No!!!" for me personally; you might be of a more adventurous nature. The BLM allows one group per weekend day (Friday and Saturday) with a maximum of seven vehicles; contact them for registration and fees.
At the three mile mark is Area BFE, a privately owned, extreme trail park for 4 wheelers. The trails, with names like Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Strike Ravine and LockJaw, are open year round, and free to the public. Occasionally there are special events and a fee will be charged.
|Ridge View to Arches National Park|
|La Sal Mountains in background|
Looking for adventurous activity in San Juan County, but not too far away from the civilization of Moab; consider visiting Black Ridge Recreation Area. I'm looking forward to going back and seeing where some of those side roads go; never know what you'll find.