Red Knoll Loop OHV Trail

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Loop Trail

No width limit

Sand Trail

Single Track

50" Vehicle

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Lodging, restaurants, fuel and groceries are all available in Kanab, Utah. Parking at the trailhead can be a little tricky because of the sand. There are no services available along the trail.
All sizes. No width limits. ATVs, MCs, UTVs, 4x4s on most trails.
Sandy ATV trails with some overgrown junipers to squeeze through.
There are some intersections that can be a little confusing that are marked with carsonite signage. Look at our notes below and download a GPS track (see below).
The closest medical help is the hospital in Kanab • 355 N. Main Street, Kanab UT 84741 (435) 644-5811 or in Page, AZ • 501 N Navajo Drive (928) 645-2424.
Kane County Sheriff: Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies or Non-Emergency Dispatch: (435) 644-2349 • Utah Highway Patrol: Dial 9-1-1.
We highly recommend you purchase a Utah Search and Rescue Assistant Card (USARA) learn more:
The Red Knoll Loop is a short beginner trail. Families with young kids may enjoy going out for a little exploration without committing to a much longer ride. It’s also one of those rides you could tackle before the heat of the day sets in. At 5,900′ above sea level this is an area that remains cooler a little later into the spring if you miss the ideal dates for riding in the area. Typically those will be the most of the year with the exception of the summer.

That being said, this is a ride for desert lovers. It’s a lot of juniper, pinyons, sagebrush and sand to look at. The trail does follow the boundary of the Parunuweap Canyon Wilderness Study Area so there are some opportunities to explore on foot but you will need to walk beyond the pinyons to see anything.

The Red Knoll Loop OHV Trail is off the main road heading toward Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, a short way off Highway 89. The trail is 30 miles and took us three hours to ride. Add in some time for exploring and you’ll have yourself a solid half-day ride.

Kanab and nearby Mt. Carmel Junction offer lodging, restaurants and supplies for your trip and serve as a good basecamp unless you choose to camp at Coral Pink State Park. Keep an eye on this area of the state because the opportunities for recreation are going to continue to expand as Kane County and private partners work together on the East Zion Initiative.

Trail Route

Red Knoll gaia

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Key Points

Within our Key Points you will discover trail head parking, trail markers, points of interests, intersections as well as terrain and obstacles.

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Parking at the trailhead may be challenging depending on how heavy your rig is and how dry the sand is. We parked as close to the road as we could because Ole’ Betsy would likely get stuck.
Turn left to head west. This is the beginning of the loop we took (Route 40).
The trail runs along the Parunuweap Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Please tread lightly and stay on the trail so roads like this can remain open.
Stay to the left to stay on Route 40. Pinyons begin to surround the road.
Continue on southwest on Route 40.
You can access the trail from Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park if you choose to start your ride from there.
You will come back to the road you came in on at this point. You continue on down the road a little way before joining back up to the trail to continue on to Red Knoll.
Red Knoll, this area is a block of School and Institutional Trust Lands (SITLA) property.
Turn left to head west on Route 61. Dianas Throne rises in the distance to an elevation of 7014 feet.
Continue straight heading east. It’s a little tricky to stay on course when the trail starts braiding through the junipers.
Continue on toward the west. You will come to the beginning of the loop soon where the trail opened up and you can return to the parking area.
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