Hells Backbone OHV Trail is a 25.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Escalante, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

Distance: 25.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,995 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

camping

horseback riding

scenic driving

ohv / off road driving

views

wildlife

scenic driving
4 days ago

Moderate hike to some nice Pictographs. Lots of social trails to choose from so following the route get a little harder to stay on.

ohv/off road driving
5 days ago

The bridge over the Hells Backbone is something else. Pretty drive after but not as interesting.

scenic driving
12 days ago

Leaving Escalante you may wonder if you followed the right road, but there are signs once you get into the forest. The Escalante side is mostly driving through the shade and trees, a definite change in scenery compared to the desert scrub in the surrounding area. Getting close to the bridge the views open up nicely. Family car totally fine in dry weather, may want 4WD if it's wet.

hiking
11 months ago

This is one of my favorite drives ever. Every time I have been up this road I haven't seen a lot of people which is just the way I like it. It could probably be done in a car if it is dry out but you need to be careful because you may wait a while for someone to come by and there is zero cell phone coverage in these parts of Utah. Trucks are best, unless it is Ford F-150, in that case just stay home because you will definitely breakdown. The views are awesome all the way up and roll down the windows and get some of the fresh pine scented air. There is a really narrow single lane bridge you do have to cross which fun.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Sep 20 2018

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
Mon Apr 30 2018

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
Fri Dec 22 2017

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
Sun Mar 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.

ohv/off road driving
Thu May 15 2014

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

scenic driving
Mon Mar 11 2013

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

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

recorded Hells Backbone OHV Trail

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Mon May 27 2019

scenic driving
Sat May 19 2018