Great Western Trail Loop OHV Trail is a 50-mile day ride across the sagebrush covered flats between the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the border of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Riding is generally easy going on the well-maintained albeit somewhat sandy county roads. The scenery varies from rolling hills of sagebrush and junipers to the brightly colored rock layers that make up the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument to the east. We ran the trail in 5.5 hours averaging 9 mph. Near the end of the ride is a 160-foot deep limestone sinkhole that can be seen from the highway called Eagle Sink (don’t go near the edge there is a lot of loose rock and winds can come up fast). More info on Eagle Sink Hole.
Kanab serves as a great base-camp for your adventure before venturing off into one of the most remote areas in the state. Proximity to civilization and harsh desert conditions make this an intermediate ride though the roads are relatively easy riding. Never ride alone and make sure people know where you are going and when you intend to return.
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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.