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Mail Drop Loop

Trail Description


The Mail Drop Loop is a popular ride on the Tri-State ATV Jamboree. The ride starts 4 miles from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes on Coral Pink Sand Dunes Road (County Road 43), and heads north past Elephant Butte.

When you are nearing the Elephant Gap (due east of Elephant Butte) you can see where it got its name: the south end of the hill looks just like an elephant, trunk and all.

The ride is mostly sandy trails winding through the sage brush and junipers, with a few sections of sandstone.

Half way through the ride you reach The Beehives, which is a great lunch spot. Not surprisingly they are shaped like giant sandstone beehives.

Just past The Beehives (assuming you are going counter-clockwise) there is a side trail that takes you to the actual Mail Drop. You can't ride your ATV right to it (and please don't try), but you can get within 100 feet or so. This is where mail was lowered over the cliff and down a cable to the valley bottom over 300 feet below. Standing at the top of the cliff and looking down is overpowering. You can look right down the canyon to Rockville and Springdale below.

Until relatively recently the pulley was still there, attached to a large tree, but it was removed by some idiot that values rusty metal more than history.

This is a well-known, popular ride, and for good reasons: It is gorgeous, fun, has great history, and is close to Coral Pink Sand Dunes.

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Great Ride
3 / 10
Dec 5, 2012
I have not done the entire loop, but I have gone out to the Mail Drop and the Barracks Overlook location. It is a great ride! Mostly sand.
I agree with Brian this is a great ride for beginners.
The best parking for a trailer seems to be along Coral Pink Sand Dunes Road or Co Road 43 at the eastern most point on this loop depicted.
A Favorite Ride for Good Reason
3 / 10
Feb 28, 2011
This is a really popular favorite ride, and for good reason: It's a fantastic ride almost any time of year.
I've ridden the Mail Drop Loop quite a few times and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. The area is incredibly scenic, and you can ride right to it from Coral Pink Sand Dunes.
It is amazing to see what they had to go through to get their mail way back in the old days. It was just too far to ride all the way around, and lowering the mail down the cliff was a real time saver.
This is a great ride to take beginners on because its really fun, easy going, scenic, and there is only one spot that is rough at all, and its easy to manage. Two thumbs up!
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Ride Details
Author Brian
Distance 57.15 miles
Type Loop
State Utah
Difficulty 3 / 10
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