Poverty Flats

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Out & Back

No width limit

Dirt Trail

Sand Trail

Single Track

50" Vehicle

S x S

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Closest lodging is just west of the trailhead at Zion Mountain Ranch and more options to the east at the Thunderbird Lodge or in the town of Orderville. RV and Tent camping is available at Zion Crest RV park. Just 5 minutes from the trailhead, with additional options at the East Zion RV Park located right at the Mt. Carmel Junction. If you want a more primitive and economical camp site, check out the BLM’s Twin Hollow campground located at this pin drop on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/BNPt64tEVEAdDQhT6.
All high clearance vehicles are allowed on this route. We would strongly recommend a shorter wheel base on a full size vehicle. ATV and UTV should be fine.
The terrain is mostly dirt and sand along ¾ of the trail. The remaining terrain is similar to a typical slick rock, with loose clutter on top. As the trail begins it is usually well maintained and relatively flat, as you start the descent into the Virgin River Canyon the roads become much narrower, and a little more rocky.
This trail is not well signed and it is advisable to download the route before you take off. There is a Sign and a map board at the trailhead reminding you that you are traveling through a wilderness study area.
This trail is in Kane County Utah. Emergencies dial 911
Sheriff’s Office: 435-644-2349
Search and Rescue: 435-644-4995
Fire: 435-819-0671
There is a hospital in Kanab 435-644-5811
The Poverty Flats Trailhead lies about ⅔ the distance between the Town of Mt. Carmel and the East Entrance to Zions National Park. The trailhead is on the south side of the road.

Groceries and a pharmacy are available at Terry’s Food and Drug on the Main Street in Orderville. There is a Hardware store next door.

For Dining, the Thunderbird Restaurant at the lodge has excellent home style cooking. Family owned for three generations, they have the menu down solid and their Ho-Made Pies are worth a 250 mile drive! Other dining options include a Subway at the Mt. Carmel Junction , The Soup Town Cafe, The Shop Coffee Co. and Archies Food to Die For..

Trail Route

Poverty Flats Gaia

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You can view and download the route from GAIA as well as see photos with their location geotagged on the trail.

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February 2, 2023

Poverty Flats has never disappointed in refreshing my enthusiasm for red rocks, slot canyons and petroglyphs. Accessible via ATV, on an exhilarating scenic trail, this is a destination that must be included on any ride in the Mt Carmel region.


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