The Barracks Trail in Kane County is a great trail to explore and familiarize yourself with the Mount Carmel Junction Area trails. This trail takes you about 27 miles through the gorgeous landscape of Southern Utah. We started off just South of the town of Mount Carmel Junction and ended the ride right next to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. While this ride will only take you about 3.5 hours (moving time), there are camping sites along the trail if you wanted to spend more time riding trails in the area. There is a lot of beauty in this area. 

You can expect to be driving on mostly dirt roads. Depending on the time of year you ride this trail, you may run into some water and snow. 

This trail provides great opportunities to stop, get out, and take in the views. 

You can also find just about every amenity you need including gas, lodging, and food in the town of Mount Carmel Junction or Kanab.

 

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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.

We started our ride here at this pull off just off Highway 89 South of Mt. Carmel Junction. There is a good amount of parking and the trail takes off just accross the highway. There are several campgrounds along the way if you wanted to spend multiple days riding trails in this area. The trail takes off to the left here. Portions of the trail cut through private property. While this is allowed, be sure to be extra respectful in these areas. Depending on the time of year you ride this trail, you may end up riding through some water, mud, and snow. The trail is mostly dirt roads, however there are some sections of slick rock as you can see here. The trail takes us right to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park - another really great place to explore if you haven't yet.

You can view this Mt. Carmel Junction OHV trails maps and other trail information on this PDF found of Utah State Parks website. https://stateparks.utah.gov/stateparks/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/02/Mt_Carmel_Junction_OHV.pdf

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