Hells Backbone Trail is a 25.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Escalante, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

25.3 miles
2,995 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving


off road driving
1 month ago

Nice drive especially in October when aspens are turning color. We also did this route in late May. Washboards are bad at the start but then thin out and are almost non-existent as you travel on. Both times we turned off onto Forest Rd #154 and went out to Bicknell. Posey Lake is a nice stop for lunch.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Nice drive from Escalante to Boulder. Takes you into the higher elevation timber, and then to the canyon w/bridge overlook. Overlook was fun. It was just a nice diversion to driving up and down 12 hiway.

scenic driving
10 months ago

nice drive through the woods with a HIGH bridge - dropoffs near road may give some pause, but road is well maintained. not a great idea during deer season, woods will be full of hunters, ask locals when hunting season starts. nice views of changing aspen in fall. watch for cattle on road.

scenic driving
Sunday, March 12, 2017

The markings weren't clear on how far away the bridge was from Boulder turn-off so we were getting anxious wondering when it would ever come. It was nice that there was hardly anyone on the road. I recommend taking the full loop and starting from Escalante and going north, then coming out at HWY12 by boulder. Reason for this is because the vista of devils backbone is more awesome initially coming out of the trees from that direction.

off road driving
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Easy road to get to the bridge. Very scenic but probably won't do it a second time.

scenic driving
Monday, March 11, 2013

We drove this trail in July, 2009. The road is well maintained, and is suitable for passenger cars. Very scenic.

scenic driving
5 months ago