Panorama Point

Hanksville, Utah

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The 17-mile out-and-back is rated aerobically and technically moderate in difficulty. After negotiating 8.5 miles of rolling, timbered rim country over a four-wheel-drive road containing some respectable stretches of sand and slickrock, you’ll reach Panorama Point. Here you gaze out, an infinity encompassing features you viewed from different perspectives if you’ve accomplished certain other rides in this guide. Spreading out below is the evocative Land of Standing Rocks and the aptly named Maze, decidedly one of the most isolated, inaccessible, and fantastic places in North America; it’s a colorful puzzle of narrow, multifingered, randomly eroded box canyons, far too confusing to be contemplated for too long. Farther out you can see the Needles District, Island in the Sky, the distant Abajos and La Sals, and, on a clear day, the high tips of the even more distant San Juan peaks of Colorado. It really is something to behold. General location: Sixty miles east of Hanksville. As the raven flies, you’re about the same distance from Moab; you don’t have wings, though, so it’s about twice that far by car.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

The 17-mile out-and-back is rated aerobically and technically moderate in difficulty. After negotiating 8.5 miles of rolling, timbered rim country over a four-wheel-drive road containing some respectable stretches of sand and slickrock, you’ll reach Panorama Point. Here you gaze out, an infinity encompassing features you viewed from different perspectives if you’ve accomplished certain other rides in this guide. Spreading out below is the evocative Land of Standing Rocks and the aptly named Maze, decidedly one of the most isolated, inaccessible, and fantastic places in North America; it’s a colorful puzzle of narrow, multifingered, randomly eroded box canyons, far too confusing to be contemplated for too long.

Farther out you can see the Needles District, Island in the Sky, the distant Abajos and La Sals, and, on a clear day, the high tips of the even more distant San Juan peaks of Colorado. It really is something to behold. General location: Sixty miles east of Hanksville. As the raven flies, you’re about the same distance from Moab; you don’t have wings, though, so it’s about twice that far by car.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 17
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March through October
Local Contacts: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 520-608-6404
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, pages 29 and 30; Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Official Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Panorama Point

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