Skutumpah to Tropic Offroad Trail

The Skutumpah to Tropic Backcountry Road is the scenic route through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that connects Highway 89 in Kanab and Highway 12 in Tropic. This route is a well maintained county road but can quickly become impassable during inclement weather. High clearance and 4WD is recommended because it’s 85 miles before you will come across any services. We ran the road in four hours but plan a little extra time if you plan on exploring or taking photos.

Both Kanab and Tropic have the amenities you need for a the perfect basecamp for your trip. We recommend booking your lodging or camping ahead of time because this is a popular area during the spring and summer vacation season. This is a great route to tack onto your vacation if you are planning on visiting Kodachrome State Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park or the nearby Zion or Bryce National Parks. You will find that the Skutumpah road is a welcome contrast to those more crowded attractions.

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We highly recommend you get GAIA GPS for your mobile device. GAIA GPS will allow you to download this trail complete with the photos you see here so you can be sure where you are at all times. Simply install the GAIA GPS app and save this trail from the button below.

Would you like to see the trail in an animated 3D flyover map? If it appears to pause, that is likely a place I stopped for a while. It will continue, just wait a few moments. Link to 3D flyover.

Here is the 360 view at the trailhead. Feel free to tour around a bit inside Google Street Views. We have recorded the trail in 360 and it is now part of Google Street Views so you can take a virtual tour of the trail to see if it is for you. We’ve made it a bit easier to navigate, scroll down and you will see more 360 embedded tours as we encounter intersections, trail markers or interesting places along the trail.

On any image, you can click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner and the view will change to an overview map showing the Google Street View blue lines. You can click anywhere on that blue line and drop down to the 360 ground-level views at that point.

You can move the image 360 degrees, click the arrow to move further down the trail and zoom in and out to take a closer look. Clicking the box in the upper right-hand corner will enlarge to full screen for a better view.

Turn off Highway 89 onto Johnson Canyon Road and follow it until you come to the blm sign for Skutumpah Road. Turn right here to head northeast. Skutumpah Road gives access to trailheads like Willis Creek, a nearby slot canyon. Be sure to know what the weather is doing before hiking in slot canyons. Bull Valley Gorge and Lick Wash are also along this road. One of the highlights of this road is the great western landscape that streches out in every direction. You will find this information kiosk as you reach the end of the road. At the end of the trail you will come to the Cottonwood Road, which you could use for your return trip to Kanab if you'd like to make a loop. Look for other trails in the area on this site (Cottonwood Road and Escalante to Big Water).

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