Elephant Butte Trail

Kanab, Utah

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This formed trail is a lot of fun to drive—with its long, moderately challenging sandy sections—and it appears well used, although you are unlikely to see another vehicle except in hunting season, when the area is popular for its trophy deer (by permit only). Special Attractions: The Elephant Butte and Block Mesas; Views of Zion National Park; Fun, sandy trail. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This formed trail is a lot of fun to drive—with its long, moderately challenging sandy sections—and it appears well used, although you are unlikely to see another vehicle except in hunting season, when the area is popular for its trophy deer (by permit only).

Special Attractions: The Elephant Butte and Block Mesas; Views of Zion National Park; Fun, sandy trail. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Kanab
Distance: 16.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 5,600 feet
Top Elevation: 6,300 feet
Local Maps: USGS Elephant Butte, Kanab
Driving Directions: Directions to Elephant Butte Trail

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