The jagged mountains and gently sloping alluvial plain of Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness straddle the Arizona-Utah border. Management of the Wilderness is shared by the BLM in both states. It is further divided into northeastern and southwestern units by Cedar Pockets Road. South of Beaver Dam lies Paiute Wilderness, which is separated from Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness by the corridor of Interstate 15 Joshua trees, desert shrubs, and scattered grasses are the primary vegetation. Several rare plant species have also been identified here. Notable wildlife include desert bighorn sheep, the endangered desert tortoise, and large numbers of raptors. The woundfin minnow and Virgin River chub, endangered species, live in the Virgin River, which flows through the eastern section of Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness for approximately 6 miles. River rafters and kayakers have been increasingly attracted to the Virgin River, but water levels can be too low for this form of travel in the fall and winter. Spring runoff and summer thunderstorms can create whitewater rafting and kayaking experiences in this area. Backpacking in the Wilderness has seen a substantial increase in recent years. There are no trails, so hone your cross-country skills before heading out.

Amazing views once you reach the top of the trail. You can see all of Ivins and past Saint George. I’d highly recommend that you bring a four-wheel drive vehicle, whether it’s a car or ATV. Gets pretty steep in a few areas.

Note: the map shown here in alltrails is right off the highway, and not accessible. It's not actually the same trail that everyone else here is talking about in these reviews. The actual trail is inside the picnic recreation area. That's also why my and other recordings are in a different location from the alltrails suggestion.

If you are driving on i-15 in either direction through Arizona, you will pass by the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area. This trail is found in this canyon. As it is on BLM land, a $2 day use fee, paid in cash is required at the pay station in cash placed in an envelope. America the Beautiful pass allows you to come in without paying. There are flush toilets in this rest and picnic area where people also boondock. Camping is $6 a night. The trailhead as per my recording is found at parking spot 92 (as shown in the photos). There are other ways down, but take note that there is a fence surrounding the area, so there are only a few entry points along the fence. On the date of this review we did not see any animals as it was the middle of the day, but the last time we went we saw quite a few rabbits (that was in November and closer to sunset). We did not go in the river, but we saw many who were in the river. As the river bottom is sandy, some parts seem to sink down. I enjoy this trail for looking at the color change in the surrounding mountains and cliffs.


Smooth road until just before antennas then a few rocks to go over. Not much turn around at top 7520 ft elevation. A bit of snow in shade. A small herd of deer down by trough. (not on all trails map.) Great day for me.
WILDMAN (this what my friends call me)

This trail is rated hard? For what? A car could do this. Easy easy not scenic either!

off road driving
Saturday, June 10, 2017

This was a great ride .. 4wd is a must or an UTV .. very steep and windy turns the closer to the top you get .. but awesome views all the way ..

off road driving
Friday, April 14, 2017

Loved it in the Razr

off road driving
Monday, March 27, 2017

Very nice place to go. You are able to find trails from super easy to advanced. I drove two hours to get here and it was worth the drive. If you are able to get to the very top at the radio tower I recommend bringing food and folding chairs because it's a beautiful view that you will want to enjoy for a while.

off road driving
Friday, June 24, 2016

It hard to climb on dirt at the close to tv and cellphone tower. All the off road is nice till closet is become hard recommend UTV, ATV and not doing my new jeep trailhawks

this place is great for a picnic, walking your dog, kids playing in the water,cost $2 to park for the day or $5 dollars to camp thier but is alot of fun and the water isn't to deap.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Stopped a few times for a picnic. Nice scenic place to take a rest from the drive

off road driving
Sunday, June 02, 2013

The road is well marked off Old Hwy 91, but as I continued and came upon forks in the road, I saw no road signs as to where I should go. After about 11 miles, I gave up and returned back to Hwy 91. A lot of this area had burned in the recent past, and many of the Joshua Trees have died in the fire.

off road driving
Sunday, October 14, 2012

You can make it in a vehicle with clearance. It was steep at times and the road has suffered from wash outs and slides, but all in all, it was fun with amazing scenery.

off road driving
Sunday, May 20, 2012


off road driving
Friday, December 23, 2011

Great panoramic view at the top! Just spectacular. Not a super challenging drive, you'll need 4wd, but we made it up with a stock Ford Explorer - and the trail was mostly covered with snow - I would say most 4wds with any sort of ground clearance can make the journey. The trail is pretty steep at times, with some sharp switchbacks, but if you've done any 4-wheeling, you'll be fine. Have fun!

off road driving
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off road driving
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