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

mountain biking
2 days ago

First time riding this trail it’s fun with beautiful views! Will go back for sure

mountain biking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. Second fave after guacamole. About the same difficulty for me as guacamole. Easier than gooseberry. Trail was easy to follow. Was recommended to ride trail clockwise which after ride was done I agree with. Trail starts at top of parking lot. Trailhead was on a dirt road about 4 miles off highway. Some flowy, some technical rock. All fun. Gorgeous views.

1 month ago

Really nice trail, beautiful views, easy to follow, some sandy some rocky sections. Fairly shaded which is nice for the dogs. About half way through after a good climb the trail starts to head slightly down and cuts along the side hill. There’s one section where it almost looks like the trail ends but step over the down tree and look for a Carin, continue in the same direction as before. This section is exposed to the sun and less well worn, but still decent to follow. I turned around after about a mile following it because it was getting to be too hot for the dogs. Beautiful views, worth doing. Road to get there was a little bumpy and steep at the beginning but no need for 4 wheel. Nice parking lot and map at the trailhead.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Hard rocks

1 month ago

Nice shortish hike. I made it about 1/4 mile before the grades got steeper than I was comfortable with but very scenic views at the top! Getting to the trail head is a little tricky - look for Grafton Rod which will take you across a single lane bridge and then follow dirt road for about 1 mile until you get to the cemetery.

The trail is great. Getting there and back in my Ford Fiesta was an adventure that I will not repeat. There are a lot of good trails around here that don’t require a high profile vehicle. If you are determined to get there then have a go but be careful.

no dogs. it's park land. the sign clearly says no dogs.

3 months ago

Great trail. We hiked it to climb the towers on top of the ridge. Amazing views and fairly moderate. Made it to the trailhead with my low-clearance passenger car.

4 months ago

Amazing views of all sides of the Mesa. Juniper trees grace the trail and give off a wonderful scent. This is a great trail in the cooler months.

4 months ago

We didn't actually get to the trailhead. The road got worse and worse, and we ended up turning back. A high clearance vehicle would probably work. Giving in 3 stars for the awesome view of Zion on the way up to the trailhead.

7 months ago

Backpacked out to campsite 6...1.7 miles with just about 0 elevation change. Once you get there, the trail follows the riverbed from what I could gather. I went another 1.5 miles down just to check it out. You'll encounter some decent obstacles along the way after campsite 6...lots of big rocks the size of your mothers minivan. TBH, I only ended up down this trail because I wanted to backpack in Zion and every other backcountry site was taken when I got there. Zion is a tourist trap x9000, so know what you're in for before you arrive.

off road driving
8 months ago

Really Liked This Trail. We went up a section with a Very Steep and Very Rocky Incline. Thankfully I had just gotten a Lift, Beefier Suspension and 32's. Slapped my vehicle in 4LO and had some fun!! And we pulled off the trail for the night for some remote camping after taking in the views. Super Fresh Air after a short rain made it all the more enjoyable. And VERY FEW tourists. Thumbs Up !!

avoid the crowds at Zion. Hike next to Zion in the wilderness!

Great off the beaten path trail and you can bring your pup!

on Coalpits Wash

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In early March wife and I hiked to campsite #6 and stayed the night. Nighttime temps were in the mid 20's, but our trip landed on the coldest night of the week. The section of the trail between the road and campsite 6 is very easy, with only 3-4 sections of steep downhill/uphill. Other than that it's flat and makes for a quick hike. We saw a few other groups during our stay, but it was not crowded. The trail runs alongside the wash/creek, sometimes butting right up against it, and at other times the trail veers 50 yards or so away from the creek. I'm sure some people hike the creek itself, but this would require significantly more effort - the trail is well defined. We thought the views were fantastic, but certainly not the best in Zion. This is a great winter hike.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice hike. Good exercise... lots of up and down.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's along a dirt road so be ready for a dirt bath every time someone drives by! It has beautiful view points all along the trail.

Monday, January 16, 2017

amazing landscape. well marked trails.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

beautiful trail thriugh pinyon pine. trail is often rocky and uneven so bring good shoes. nice overlook of entrance to zions. i did not go to the end of the trail.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Desert section until campground 2, then rock scrabbling for about a mile and the last couple miles is full of nice views. Stayed the night at campground 5, did not see any other people in the area, seemed like we were farther than 4.25 miles from our car. I would not hike in summer as it seemed there would be many places to encounter a rattlesnake. The banks of the stream had many animal tracks, including what we believe to have been a mountain lion. Check the mud along the banks before stepping some parts are quicksand like and go very deep. Over all a nice hike that we will do again during the cooler months, especially end of winter with the spring is running.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Really enjoyed this hike. Beautiful trail and gentle up hills not too strenuous. Great vistas along the way and at the top.

horseback riding
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nice trail along a river, which is great for horses. Pretty flat but with some steep washes so not a beginner trail.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Great hike with an easy to follow path. you can choose to go longer but the trail gets hard to follow. Beautiful views.

on Grafton Trail

Monday, December 29, 2014

Interesting history

Friday, August 09, 2013

A rock scrambling hike up a small creek with little water flow at times. But when it rains this ting creek can rage into a roaring river. As you boulder jump back and forth heading up Coal pits the small little canyon gets a little greener and some hanging gardens start to pop out under the shelves of the banks, A small little slick rock water fall is a great place to camp and enjoy the sounds of the creek. A lot of the junipers were burned during a wildfire years ago. The trail from here has two options. Continue up stream to the oil well or go left on the Chinile trail and continue over to the Petrified forest. From there you can either back track or go down Scoggins wash or Huber. You can continue down the Chinle and end up on Anasazi Plateau near Rockville, Bring plenty of water in the summer. It can get rather muddy in the winter and during the monsoons.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This is where the filmed the bicycle riding scene in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". The Grafton Cemetary is a nice bit of history and well preserved. Great scenery all around you. When you get to the ghost town it's fun to figure out where the scene from the film was shot.

off road driving
Thursday, May 30, 2013

The north end of this trail starts in Rockville off of Hwy 9. Cross the Virgin River and after you turn off the Grafton road, the trail get rough and steep. Once you get on top of the ridge, the road improves dramatically. Nice view of Zion at the top of the ridge..

scenic driving
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A great little drive for history buffs! The road is paved for about half the way; the unpaved portion is a little rough, but can be driven in a passenger car

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's a nice hike with beautiful views. There's more than 650 ft of elevation gain..... It goes up and down and up and down over several ridges. You get a beautiful view of Zion and Springdale.

3 days ago

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