Off Road Trail Spotlight: Kelly Point – St. George, Utah Trails

When it comes to off-roading in southern Utah, you have a couple of choices. You can choose to experience some of the popular trails in Moab or choose the road less traveled by heading to St. George. The latter can also act as a base to help you explore hundreds of trails near the town, including on the Arizona Strip.

Speaking of the Arizona Strip, this is one of the most overlooked areas with huge potential for those seeking an off-road adventure. We do organize trail rides to check out some of the trails and history of the area and we know it never disappoints.

Kelly Point Off Road Trail

Take for instance the Grand Canyon. Most visitors head to the South Rim, which admittedly has some fantastic views. However, the North Rim is wilder and fewer crowds means you can have entire overlooks to yourself without jostling for prime vantage points to snap photos.

If you’re looking for a rugged adventure and have some time on your hands, you could travel to Kelly Point Overlook. This point overlooks the Colorado River and gives you awesome 360° vistas of the surrounding area.

To get to Kelly Point, you take BLM#1018 and head west from Mt. Trumbull. When you get to #103, head south and travel past the park service fire station then stay on the road until it turns south to Kelly Point. The road goes through Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument. The last 20 miles of the road are extremely rocky, making for a bumpy and rough ride. You’ll be forced to slow down to 5-15mph as you dodge or navigate boulders, drawing out the trip to 3-5 hours.

Due to the state of the road, only highly modified 4×4 vehicles with high ground clearance should attempt the drive to Kelly Point. If you stick it out, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views from the overlook.

Off Road Trail Trip Preparation

We have to stress that this trail passes through a very remote area where cell reception is sketchy to none existent. We recommend carrying along CB radios or some other means of communication. It’s also a good idea to download a map of the area and upload it to your GPS app so you’ll always know where you are. We also recommend traveling there in a group or letting someone know where you’re going and when you’ll likely be back. That way someone will be aware should your vehicle break down.Y ou can also bring your vehicle down to the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive auto shop in St. George before or after your trip and we’ll be happy to handle any repairs or service for you. You can also contact us if you’d like any custom modifications and upgrades added to your rig.

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