Johns Canyon Trail

Mexican Hat, Utah

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This narrow trail leads into the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and enters into Johns Canyon, a tributary of the main San Juan River. The trail is graded dirt road for most of its length; only the final part of the trail merits the 3 difficulty rating. The rest of the trail is suitable for high-clearance vehicles in dry weather. Special Attractions: Scenic Johns Canyon; The bluffs of Cedar Point and Muley Point; Indian petroglyphs. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This narrow trail leads into the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and enters into Johns Canyon, a tributary of the main San Juan River. The trail is graded dirt road for most of its length; only the final part of the trail merits the 3 difficulty rating. The rest of the trail is suitable for high-clearance vehicles in dry weather.

Special Attractions: Scenic Johns Canyon; The bluffs of Cedar Point and Muley Point; Indian petroglyphs. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Mexican Hat
Distance: 17.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 5,400 feet
Local Maps: USGS The Goosenecks, Goulding NE, Slickhorn Canyon East, Cedar Mesa South, Bluff, Navajo Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Johns Canyon Trail

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