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Off Road Trail Spotlight: Barracks via Cane Beds - Kanab – North Rim Trails

 

When it comes to off-roading, Moab, Utah seems to get all the attention. While some of the most popular off-roading trails are found in Moab, there are other locations where you can have just as much fun pitting your machine against rugged terrain. One such place is St. George, Utah. The area around this town has hundreds of miles of off-roading trails and the best thing is that they aren’t as crowded as those in Moab.

Barracks via Cane Beds Trail Overview

One great trail to check out is the Barracks trail, located near Kanab, Utah, near Coral Pink Sand Dunes. This is the perfect trail to give you a feel of what off-roading in the area is like.

As you leave Highway 59 at Cane Beds road, the trailhead will have you climbing up to the top of Hurricane Cliffs. It passes by Elephant Butte before turning north at the base of some mesas then heads through a couple of canyons. After this, you’ll descend a sandy hill to the first crossing of the East Fork of the Virgin River.

The trail is rated 5 and you’ll need a ride with ties that are at least 31 inches tall to make it. The trail crosses the East Virgin River more than 20 times which normally isn’t a problem unless you’re making the trip during the wetter months when water levels are high.

Barracks via Cane Beds Trail Surface and Scenery

This is a scenic tree-lined trail. You’ll be driving along the banks of the Virgin River among cottonwoods and willows, with colorful canyon walls towering almost more than 1000ft above you. There are beautiful overlooks with breathtaking views of the mountains of Zion National Park.

Most of the trail is on a sandy two-track road. It passes through canyons with slickrock climbs and a couple of sandy hill descents.

Obstacles and other Barracks via Cane Beds Trail Details

The Barracks Trail starts off well before coming to a couple of slickrock canyons with some off-camber turns. These might be tricky to navigate if it’s snowing and you may need a winch if it’s icy. The first river crossing may be tricky and most of the river banks are slippery so ensure your vehicle has tires with good traction. Be especially careful in winter as ice shelves may form on some of the banks making them more slippery.

If you’re looking for an off-roading adventure where you’ll learn more about the trails in Southwestern Utah, then join one of Dixie 4 Wheel’s trail riding events. We get to explore all kinds of trails while learning from each other and having lots of fun along the way.

You can download trail maps and other resources from our online store. Alternatively, you can pop into our auto shop and have a chat with our 4-wheel experts on anything from the trails around the southwest to how to best maintain your rig. We’re always glad to help.


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