Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Blanding with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

You don’t need 4 wheel drive for this one. Lots of people doing the drive in rental cars. Very scenic throughout. Great campsites along the way. Remote.

We drove the entire length, but only recorded from Hanksville to the turn off for Bears Ears. There’s so much to see on this road. Keep in mind after Hanksville there’s really no services until you reach the end of the byway... no gas stations, stores or restaurants. If you drive without stopping it may be ok. But if you want to drive into Bears Ears or Natural Bridges National Monument ... assure you fill your gas tank at either end of the by way and get snacks and water. Keep in mind there’s limited to almost no cell service on most of this route including Bears Ears or Natural Bridges National Monument.

off road driving
6 months ago

Spent Thanksgiving night camping under the stars. Stunning! Easy drive when dry although there are a few sections of bad washboarding (the road gets a lot of use). The better camping spots are along the eastern half of the road.

scenic driving
6 months ago

I haven't driven this scenic drive all in one loop but have done it portions over the years as I have hiked the area. A fascinating area rich in ancient Indian civilizations and natural beauty. The area is definitely a destination for a vacation.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Pleasant drive through beautiful desert country

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Off road and great scenery

camping
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beautiful area!

scenic driving
Monday, August 31, 2015

Beautiful drive through a very scenic area

hiking
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wonderful red-rock hike. It's a bit of a scramble getting down into the canyon, but nothing too difficult or exposed. Some navigation is required to get around one of the pour-offs because the trail is not always apparent.

hiking
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Trail of the Ancients is several Indian Ruins in southeast Utah near Blanding. Mule Canyon is right beside Hwy 95; Butler Wash is also off Hwy 95, but about 1/2 mile from the Highway. Edge of the Cedars is located on the edge of Blanding, and Hovenweep is several sites in southeast Utah and southwest Colorado. All are quite interesting.

scenic driving
Thursday, August 29, 2013

We did this trail late in the evening, starting off US163- Mexican Hat-Bluff; and came out on SH261 just south of the Moki Dugway. Very Scenic!

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Drove this Byway in 1994, and again in 2005. There are no towns between Blanding and Hanksville. You pass by several Indian Ruins, as well as Natural Bridges NM, and the upper end of Lake Powell. It is very scenic, and there's not a lot of traffic. Some of the grades are fairly steep; if you're pulling a 5th wheel, you will know it.

scenic driving
Friday, March 08, 2013

A minature monument valley! Good graveled roads, and a pleasure to drive.

off road driving
Saturday, September 01, 2012

This was a fun drive and if the road is dry you can drive a rental no problem. The road is dirt and red gravel, bumpy and washboard in spots, but you are in the middle of the desert and can see some pretty nice rock formations. Not as spectacular as Monument Valley, and expect to wash your vehicle after driving it.

off road driving
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My son and I drove this road in 2007 and had a blast!

off road driving
Thursday, March 15, 2012

We were staying in Mexican Hat, UT. Along with my sons Ron and Bob, we Jeeped the 18 mile dirt road. The area looks like a miniture Monument Valley, very scenic. And was it hot!

nature trips
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This is a beautiful trail. We horseback rode it September 2011. The ride down from the little notch trail head was challenging in places. There are alot of switchbacks, great views of the canyon and even a small waterfall. Once down in the bottom water was plentiful at least when we were there. We followed bear tracks most of the way in the canyon but never saw the bear. We eventually took trail 005 up to cream pots. That trail becomes more of a desert type terrain and at the top is somewhat barren. Next time we will take the posey trail, 166. On the ride back we saw an Anasazi ruin that we missed coming in. We only saw one person and he was there to scope things out for a group he had coming in the next day to do some archelogical work. The ride back up out of the canyon was a chore for the horses but we just stopped often and let them catch their breath. Good thing we had them in shape. I would suggest any man or beast that hikes this be in pretty good shape as that climb out of the canyon will test you. Trails very well maintained. To do some prepareation I talked to the forest service ranger who is in charge of maintaining the trails. I need to mention him as he was very accomedating, friendly and informative. Brian Murdoch thank you very much.

scenic driving
Friday, September 10, 2010

Amazing drive.

hiking
Monday, May 17, 2010

This is a beautiful canyon with (in May 2010) plenty of water in the cool stream. There are several side trips to take to old Puebloan (sp?)/ Anasazi ruins. The BB Ruins are some of the most pristine in the area and it's worth it just to check them out. The trail is in great shape and easy to follow - with the exception of a lone marshy area. That could get overgrown quickly. We saw evidence of cats, coyotes and other animals, but no snakes (not that I'm complaining). It's lush and green, not what you'd expect in canyon country. I only saw one other person (outside of our group) in the week we were down there. Make sure to check out the Posey Trail for some amazing vistas!

off road driving
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hiking
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hiking
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