Tons of mining artifacts
10+ miles round trip
Bring 1-2 liters of water.
Spring, Summer, Fall
Open year round
Shade is minimal
Very rough rocky dirt path
Lots of BLM camping areas nearby
Bring meals and snacks as needed
ATV or dirt bike, bag for food and water, camera
Dry Canyon Trailhead: 40.35246 N, 112.30568 W
Hidden Treasure Mine: 40.38828 N, 112.27210 W
Bald Mountain Summit: 40.39362 N, 112.26331 W
The canyon to Jacob City is directly east of Stockton, Utah
Here is a link to some of the history of Jacob City. Jacob City is an old mining Ghost Town.
Here is what the canyon looks like from the trailhead. The mountain is Bald Mountain and is your eventual destination.
Dry canyon is a very rough old mining road. This was done on a 4×4 ATV by a very experienced rider but I would definitely recommend 4×4. A small SUV could probably do the road but the turns would be very tight for a larger truck. Its a very pretty canyon that is much much greener than the surrounding areas and was a lot of fun to ride.
Be sure to watch for mining relics as they are all over the canyon. You will eventually come to the actual Jacob city areas. Look but don’t vandalize or move any of the relics. There is some cool stuff here and its fun to imagine what it was like in its hey day. The biggest mine was the Hidden Treasure Mine.
There are lots of smaller side trails here that most lead to old mines. These are fun to explore but the main road above Jacob City keeps climbing and climbing. There are several closed mines right on the road.
As you get above you can see the large sight of the hidden treasure mine.
You will switchback your way up and up until you hit Bald Mountain over 10,000 feet in elevation. You can see how many switchbacks there are.
The views from the top are absolutely amazing. The mountains on all sides are beautiful. From here you can turn back or the trail keeps going on to the next canyon called Ophir. Here are some of the views from the top.
Utah’s West Desert has a lot of really cool places to offer. This is one of my favorites I have explored. Its much more green than most desert mountains and there is a lot of mining history to add icing on the cake. As an OHV ride it add a lot of challenge and fun with great destinations. There are a lot of trails on the backside of Bald Mountain as well to make it more than enough for a day or two of riding. Its a great place to try in the later fall when the Wasatch areas are under their first snow. Overall its one of my favorite spots out west. When I went we camped at Fivemile pass about 15 minutes away and we had a great two days of riding.