The Barracks Trail

Kanab, Utah 84741

The Barracks Trail

The Barracks Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This short spur trail leads from Elephant Butte Trail to an overlook of the East Fork Virgin River. The trail is sandy and ungraded, and it winds through scattered vegetation. After 3.3 miles, there is a spectacular, shaded campsite on the edge of the cliff, with views over Zion National Park and the White Cliffs.

Special Attractions: Views of Zion National Park and the White Cliffs; Overlook of the Virgin River; Fun, sandy trail. 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."

The Barracks Trail Reviews

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This trail has some beautiful views of the red-colored mountains and cliffs and goes along a river. There are some areas that you may need to walk through water that can be anywhere from shallow to up to your chest. It can be sandy in some areas so might be more difficult if you're not used to walking on sand. There's a nice amount of trees as well along the way. If you get a chance, stop off in the quaint little town of Kanab where many old Westerns were filmed, and the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is headquartered.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
45 minutes
5,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,200 feet
Top Elevation
USGS The Barracks, Elephant Butte, Kanab
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Jul 2018