Off-roaders aren’t all the same. Not every off-roader is looking for gnarly obstacles to overcome or a new rock-crawling adventure. Some are just happy attending trail riding events where they go on scenic drives discovering this corner of Southern Utah.
However, those who are looking to get their adrenalin fixed are sure to find it in St. George. The numerous trails in this part of Utah offer a fantastic alternative to the more popular ones in Moab. They’re less crowded so you can get your turn quickly. They also offer great scenery if you’re inclined to take photos. It’s no wonder they’re rapidly becoming more popular as time goes on.
One of the most popular areas for off-roading in St. George is Sand Mountain.
The TNT Trail
For years, people looking for the Milt’s Mile trail got confused, missing the turnout of the wash and ending up in a slot canyon. Finally, that trail got a name -TNT – and boy, does it live up to it.
To get to the TNT trail, get to the entrance of Milt’s Mile, hang a right then drop into the aforementioned canyon. A word of caution though, this canyon isn’t as easy as it may seem and many off-roaders have discovered this the hard way. While most do turn back at the entrance of the canyon, others persist even when they shouldn’t and pay for it.
To successfully conquer TNT, you need both skills and a capable rig. Your vehicle needs to be a 4WD with both rear and front lockers. It also needs at least 35” tires and rockers for protection. Needless to say, it should have high-ground clearance for this trail.
If the trail doesn’t beat you down, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery all around. This includes the Sand Hollow Reservoir, Zion National Park in the distance, the Hurricane Cliffs to the east, and the snow-capped peaks of the Pine Valley Mountains to the west. If you’re not too tired out you’ll also enjoy the many rock formations in Sand Mountain- some of which you can drive into or through.
Obstacles and Trail Preparation
Even the most modified and upgraded vehicles can find this trail tough. Many don’t make it out without body damage or a mechanical breakdown. We’ve lost count of the number of windshields this trail has obliterated over the years. Not to mention the carnage it has done to side panels. So tackle it at your own, and your vehicle’s, risk.
To ensure your rig is in good condition, bring it to the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive auto shop in St. George and our 4WD experts will take a look at it. We’ll also be glad to fix any damage sustained on your off-roading adventure. You can also take a look at our online store to download trail maps of the area or to purchase off-roading products.
Contact us for repairs, custom builds, modifications, or anything else your 4WD may need.