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

Friday, January 17, 2020

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

1/6/2020

2WD, 4WD

Snow-covered and icy in shady parts of Long Canyon

Notom-Bullfrog

1/13/2020

4WD High Clearance

4WD High Clearance! Travel not recommended! Per Capitol Reef NPS report!

Road to Bullfrog
Marina

1/13/2020

4WD High Clearance

Unknown conditions! Likely impassable due to mud! Per Capitol Reef NPS report.

Wolverine Loop

12/5/2019

4WD High Clearance

Travel strongly discouraged due to snow and mud!

Cedar Wash

1/10/2020

4WD High Clearance

Road is very slick and snow packed not recommended.

Hole in the Rock

1/9/2020

4WD

Melting snow, mud, very sloppy. Suggest driving when road surface is frozen. Recommend HC-4WD for last 7 miles.

Spencer Flat

1/15/2020

4WD

Melting snow, mud, sloppy, not recommended until road dries

Roads to the North

Name

Date

Road

Comments

Hells Backbone

1/9/2020

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

Posey Lake to Loa

1/9/2020

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

Whites Flat (FR #152)

1/9/2020

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

Griffin Top

1/9/2020

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

North Creek (FR
#149)

1/9/2020

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

Main Canyon

1/9/2020

Impassable

Impassable after first 9 miles!

Roads to the Central Areas

Name

Date

Condition

Comments

Smoky Mountain -
Alvey Wash

1/14/2020

2WD High Clearance

No mud south of Croton jct. Conditions unknown north of there.

Left Hand Collet

1/16/2020

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

Croton

1/14/2020

2WD High Clearance

Deep ruts, in spots, north of Ahlstrom Pt. jct. Conditions unknown north of Grand Bench jct.

Smoky Hollow

11/20/2019

2WD High Clearance

Muddy at wash crossings.

Roads to the West

Name

Date

Road

Comments

Cottonwood

1/5/2020

4WD High Clearance

Frozen A.M., muddy P.M. Travel not advised.

Skutumpah

1/7/2020

4WD High Clearance

From South; packed snow/ice & mud to Lick Wash TH. Expect conditions to worsen with warmer weather.

Glendale Bench

1/15/2020

2WD

Still a few areas of ice and mud. Conditions subject to change due to weather.

Paria Movie Set

1/5/2020

4WD,
Impassable

Packed snow & mud to 2.5 miles then deep sticky mud. Do not advise travel beyond.

House Rock Valley

1/3/2020

2WD High Clearance

Frozen A.M., muddy P.M. Only checked southernmost mile.

White House

12/15/2019

2WD High Clearance

2WD High Clearance recommended!

Last updated: January 24, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040

Phone:

(928) 608-6200
Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed.

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