Johns Canyon Overlook Trail

Mexican Hat, Utah 84531

Johns Canyon Overlook Trail

Johns Canyon Overlook Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This fairly short spur trail runs out onto Point Lookout and ends at a dizzying viewpoint over Johns Canyon. The trail starts off as graded dirt road and crosses over Polly Mesa. The grader stopped after 8 miles, however, and the trail becomes rougher and lumpier and crosses several slickrock sections. This section is a narrow winding two-track that threads through the cedars and junipers out to the rim of Johns Canyon. There are several pleasant campsites along the trail.

Special Attractions: Overlook into Johns Canyon; Small cliff dwelling; Access to Grand Gulch hiking trails. 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."

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Trail Information

Mexican Hat
Nearby City
Trail Type
1.25 hours
March to December
5,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,600 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Cedar Mesa North, Pollys Pasture, Cedar Mesa South, Slickhorn Canyon East, Bluff, Navajo Mountain
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Jul 2018