Coal Bench Trail

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Easy

Loop Trail

No width limit

Dirt Trail

Sand Trail

Single Track

50" Vehicle

S x S

Full Size

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Lodging, restaurants, fuel and groceries can all be found in the town of Tropic. Similar services can be found east in Escalante, and to the west in Bryce. There are no facilities on the trail.
All sizes. No width limits. ATVs, MCs, UTVs, 4x4s on most trails.
Mostly dirt and gravel roads. Wash crossing at a few points.
Trail is well signed including signs for offshoot trails and wilderness areas.
Garfield Memorial Hospital Emergency Department at 200 N 400 E St, Panguitch, UT 84759 (435) 676-8811. Open 24 hours

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: utah.gov/rescu
The Coal Bench Trail is a beginner 36-mile trail traversing the back sides of Tropic, Cannonville and Henrieville. The trip takes advantage of using Highway 12 as a quick way back.

Because of the short length this trail (including all of its tangents), it only takes about two to three hours to complete. There are plenty of fun offshoots to explore and see what the undeveloped and historic areas of Tropic are like.

You can begin the trail by staging in Tropic and city roads out to the dirt. The unpaved sections of this trail are maintained dirt roads and should accommodate most machines.

The town of Tropic also works as a wonderful hub to several other areas including Kodachrome State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and a plethora of other exciting offroad experiences.

Because of the nature of this desert area, inclement weather can cause flash flooding and washing out of trails. Keep an eye on the weather during colder months and bring extra water during the summer.
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Key Points

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If you start your journey from the town park, you can take Center Street all the way east until you hit the dirt.
Heading over the cattle guards past the farm land will get you into back canyon areas and up to Coal Bench.
One of the tangents you can take will take you up Pasture Canyon.
Another tangent will take you out to the Shakespeare Mine.
Turnout and register for the Henderson Canyon area.
Turn here and cross the wash to head up the hill towards Coal Bench.
This trail borders and crosses through several wilderness study areas. Stay on the trail and protect our access. You’ll be rewarded with incredible vantage points from the top of Coal Bench!
Another viewing area from Coal Bench looking off into Henrieville.
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