Tropic – Skutumpah Road Trail

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Out & Back

No width limit

Dirt Trail

paved roads

Single Track

50" Vehicle

S x S

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There are a variety of options for lodging, camping, restaurants, fuel and groceries in Kanab 30 miles from the trailhead. Other nearby communities include Glendale, Orderville and Mt. Carmel Junction. There are no services along the Skutumpah Road. Tropic has places to stay the night, some restaurants, groceries and fuel.
All sizes. No width limits. ATVs, MCs, UTVs, 4x4s on most trails.
Maintained county road.
Trail is well signed.
Garfield Memorial Hospital 200 N 400 E Panguitch, UT 84759 (435) 676-8811
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.
We highly recommend you purchase a Utah Search and Rescue Assistant Card (USARA) learn more:
The Skutumpah to Tropic Backcountry Road is the scenic route through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that connects Highway 89 in Kanab and Highway 12 in Tropic. This route is a well maintained county road but can quickly become impassable during inclement weather. High clearance and 4WD is recommended because it’s 85 miles before you will come across any services. We ran the road in four hours but plan a little extra time if you plan on exploring or taking photos.

Both Kanab and Tropic have the amenities you need for a the perfect basecamp for your trip. We recommend booking your lodging or camping ahead of time because this is a popular area during the spring and summer vacation season. This is a great route to tack onto your vacation if you are planning on visiting Kodachrome State Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park or the nearby Zion or Bryce National Parks. You will find that the Skutumpah road is a welcome contrast to those more crowded attractions.

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Key Points

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We started in Tropic where you can find parking areas, gas stations and restaurants.
drive towards Cannonville.
You can also start here from Cannonville.
Turn right to go through Skutumpah road. also you can use this area as your starting point and park here
You will find this information kiosk as you at the beginning of the road
One of the highlights of this road is the great western landscape that streches out in every direction.
Skutumpah Road gives access to trailheads like Willis Creek, a nearby slot canyon. Be sure to know what the weather is doing before hiking in slot canyons. Bull Valley Gorge and Lick Wash are also along this road.
we ended our trip here at the kiosk and turn back the same way.
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