Backcountry Adventures: Utah
by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )
© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.
My wife and I did this trail since we were campng at Lake Powell and had our fairly new Jeep. We didn't want anything too demanding. This trail was great for us. It started out pretty lame as a gravel road. Once we turned off 230 to Tibbet Canyon, it got a lot better. It's a nice loop that took us about 3 hours to do. 230 (I think) to Tibbet Canyon to Nipple Creek (327 I think). It was pretty dry, but I would guess it would be much more challenging wet since a lot of time is spent crossing and driving through creek beds. Signs warn of heavy penalties for deviating from the trail. It was all pretty well marked and maintained.
We had trouble finding the entrance so we stopped at the park welcome center in Big Water. They were great. They gave us maps and told us about some of the trails. The trail start ended up being directly across the street. There was a cross street with a brown park sign pointing us the right direction. The sign wasn't very descriptive.
Did this trail while overnight in Page, AZ which in itself is very nice but still small enough to walk around without being labeled as a tourist. Page, AZ is next to the second largest man-made lake, Lake Powell, 186 miles long. But, back to the trail: It was easy to find, mostly grated road running along some rock formations and canyons parelleling Lake Powell.
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