Itchy and Scratchy—also known as Bull Bottom—is an 11-mile loop in Utah's San Rafael Desert, an unmissable trail for those who relish vast expanses of slickrock and a brush with history. Located across the Green River from the famed Canyonlands and Moab, this trail offers varied terrains, from doubletrack to slickrock, while also passing by Freemont Indian petroglyphs.
Embark on a journey that begins on a well-maintained doubletrack and soon gives way to a sprawling area of slickrock. At the end of the doubletrack, adventurous souls can opt for a trail cut into the cliffside leading down to the Green River and Bull Bottom.
Start at Ray's Tavern on Main Street in Green River. Follow the signs for the airport and after passing under I-70, take the first left onto a gravel road marked "San Rafael Desert." Travel 24.92 miles to find the doubletrack on your left. An optional slickrock pullout lies another half-mile ahead.
Itchy and Scratchy offers a unique combination of terrains and scenic views that make it a must-ride for anyone visiting Utah. The trail not only allows riders to take in stunning vistas of the desert and mountains but also provides an opportunity to connect with ancient history through petroglyphs. While the loop is marked at 11 miles, the expanses of slickrock offer ample opportunities to expand your ride. Considering its easy level, it's a great option for families and less experienced riders looking for a day of fun and exploration. However, its remote location mandates carrying ample water and a reliable communication device.