Big Water to Escalante trail

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Out & Back

No width limit

Dirt Trail

gravel roads

Single Track

50" Vehicle

S x S

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There are a few motels out of Big Water, Utah and fuel toward Page, AZ. You can stock up on fuel and groceries in Kanab.
All sizes. No width limits. ATVs, MCs, UTVs, 4x4s on most trails.
Gravel and dirt roads.
Most trails have adequate signage. We recommend sticking to Smoky Mountain Road (graded road)
The closest medical help is the hospital in Page AZ, 501 N Navajo Drive Road. Open 24 hours (928) 645-2424. Or the Kazan Memorial Clinic out of Escalante, 570 East Moqui Lane, Escalante, UT 84726 (435) 826-4374

Kane County Sheriff: Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies or Non-Emergency Dispatch: (435) 644-2349

Garfield County Sheriff: Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies or Non-Emergency (435) 676-2678

Utah Highway Patrol: Dial 9-1-1

We highly recommend you purchase a Utah Search and Rescue Assistant Card (USARA) learn more:
Big Water, Utah is a small town 17 miles northwest of Page, Arizona on US-89 near Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam. This 85-mile trail boasts a landscape that is “out of this world” as you ride north through the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. We spent five hours riding at an average speed of 16 mph.

There are no services and this is the desert so stock up on water and other supplies in Big Water or on your way through Kanab. Make sure family and friends know where you are going and map out your trail with the resources here.

Trail Route

Big Water to Escalante trail gaia

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Key Points

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Head northeast toward Smoky Mountain Road / Grand Bench on National Park Road 230.
Stay left (west) of the sign announcing the GSENM Border as you cross into the monument boundaries.
Starting up the Kelly Grade. Amazing colors in the hills created by a blue-purple clay layer called the Chinle formation. These clays were left by ancient lake, rivers and volcanic ash. Watch out when this stuff gets wet.
Continuing the climb of the Kelly Grade, along the Big Smoky Road (BLM 330)
From the top of the Kelly Grade.
Continue on northwest on the main road. This turnoff will take you to the coal seam fires. Smokey Mountains have a coal seam burning deep within the mountain after being struck by lightning possibly thousands of years ago |
Head west continuing on to Escalante. You will find the Left Hand Collet Trail eastward.
Stay left (south) at the fork. To the right is a dead end at Camp Spring, just a short way off the main road.
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