Road Conditions

Unpaved/partially paved roads that run through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Roads that also go through or are adjacent to Glen Canyon are highlighted.

Do Not take any of these roads if it is raining or snowing, or if rain or snow is forecasted.

When water has pooled on the roads or muddy intimidating bogs block passage, turn around, staying on the road. Never drive off the road in an attempt to circumvent the blockage. Not only are you likely to get into more trouble off of the road, even damaging your vehicle, you will cause extensive damage to fragile native plant communities. Regulations do require that all vehicles must stay on designated roads.

Before beginning any of your adventures, make sure you've planned your way in, and PLANNED YOUR WAY OUT. Make sure people back home know what those plans are and when you expect to return. Know the extended weather forecast. Carry extra clothing, blankets, food and water for emergencies. Remember that cell phone coverage across the Monument is mostly non-existent. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument can be a "Fierce and Dangerous Land", and its wild character SHOULD NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED.

Overnight stays on the monument, whether vehicle camping or backpacking, require a free permit that can be obtained at the Monument's visitor centers. The permit system can be crucial in case a search becomes necessary.


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report

Thursday, August 22, 2019
All road conditions can change RAPIDLY due to weather.
Please contact the nearest visitor center for the most current conditions.
Roads to the East
Name Date Road Comments
Burr Trail 8/16/2019 2WD Dry
Notom-Bullfrog 8/18/2019 2WD 2WD a few rough spots. Per Capitol Reef NPS report.
Road to Bullfrog
8/18/2019 2WD 2WD some rough spots. Per Capitol Reef NPS report!
Wolverine Loop 8/16/2019 2WD High Clearance Dry, rough in places
Cedar Wash 6/7/2019 2WD Road is in good condition a few rough and sandy spots.
Hole in the Rock 8/11/2019 2WD High Clearance, 4WD Washboard; rocky south of Dance Hall Rock Recommend HC-4WD for last 7 miles.
Spencer Flat 8/18/2019 2WD High Clearance Loose material, gravelly and rocky in places.
Roads to the North
Name Date Road Comments
Hells Backbone 8/21/2019 2WD High Clearance Rough spots and washboards! Conditions subject to change!
Posey Lake to Loa 8/21/2019 2WD High Clearance Dry with rough spots and washboards! Conditions subject to change!
Whites Flat (FR #152) 8/21/2019 2WD High Clearance Some rough spots! Conditions subject to change!
Griffin Top 8/21/2019 2WD High Clearance Watch for Log Trucks! Conditions subject to change!
North Creek (FR #149) 8/21/2019 2WD High Clearance Some rough spots! Conditions subject to change!
Main Canyon 8/21/2019 2WD Dusty with areas of washboards! Conditions subject to change!
Roads to the Central Areas
Name Date Condition Comments
Smoky Mountain -
Alvey Wash
8/15/2019 2WD High Clearance Some rough spots south of Croton jct.
Left Hand Collet 7/8/2019 4WD 4WD recommended! Caution when driving!
Croton 8/15/2019 2WD 2WD south of Alstrom Pt. jct. Unknown conditions north of there.
Smoky Hollow 7/17/2019 2WD High Clearance Some wash crossings require high clearance.
Roads to the West
Name Date Road Comments
Cottonwood 8/17/2019 2WD Dry, Washboards, Recommend Moderate Clearance Vehicle.
Skutumpah 8/18/2019 2WD From the South end; dry, washboards. Road Closed and impassable 20 miles from the South end.
Glendale Bench 8/21/2019 2WD Good condition with a few washboards!
Paria Movie Set 8/11/2019 2WD Dry. Washboards. Recommend Moderate Vehicle Clearance and 4WD after rain.
House Rock Valley 8/21/2019 2WD Dry and dusty with areas of washboards!
White House 8/21/2019 2WD High Clearance Washboards and rough areas. Clearance needed for crossing before campground.

Last updated: August 22, 2019

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(928) 608-6200
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