Tantalus Creek Trail

Grover, Utah

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This trail sees surprisingly little use considering that it is partly within a popular national park. Moderately difficult, the trail encompasses a wide variety of scenery and trail surfaces. Special Attractions: Exciting trail partly within Capitol Reef National Park; Range of scenery from pine forest to red rock desert; Fishing and camping opportunities at Lower Bowns Reservoir. 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 trail sees surprisingly little use considering that it is partly within a popular national park. Moderately difficult, the trail encompasses a wide variety of scenery and trail surfaces. Special Attractions: Exciting trail partly within Capitol Reef National Park; Range of scenery from pine forest to red rock desert; Fishing and camping opportunities at Lower Bowns Reservoir. 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: Grover
Distance: 17.8
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: May to November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,800 feet
Top Elevation: 8,600 feet
Local Contacts: Capitol Reef National Park, Dixie National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Lower Bowns Reservoir, Grover, Golden Throne, Bear Canyon, Loa
Driving Directions: Directions to Tantalus Creek Trail

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