Description

The Mt Carmel Junction OHV Trail System has something for everyone in your family with beautiful scenery and a wide variety of terrains on the trails. You’ll likely come across water, sand, slick rock and dirt trails if you spend more than an hour here.

MT. CARMEL JUNCTION ATV/UTV TRAIL SYSTEM | Raising Little Wild Ones | The Mt Carmel Junction OHV Trail System has something for everyone in your family with beautiful scenery and a wide variety of terrains on the trails. You'll likely come across water, sand, slick rock and dirt trails if you spend more than an hour here, plus it’s just outside of Kanab, in Southern Utah! #rzrriding #rzrtrails #utvtrails #atvtrails #kanab #utah #southernutah

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Know Before You Go

Directions & Location

Directions: Use our interactive map of the Mt Carmel Junction OHV Trail System to get directions to any of the trail access points.

Location: There are multiple trail access points around Kanab, but the main entrance we use is across from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Check out our map to get information on each access point.

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Price

FREE!

About The Mt. Carmel Junction OHV Trail System

The Mt Carmel Junction OHV Trail system offers miles of beautiful sand and slick rock trails in the hills directly east of Kanab. This system features trails like the Barracks “River Run Trail”, the Elephants Cove Trails, and Harris Mountain Trails. There are multiple entry points to the trails, and all trails are well marked so it’s easy to navigate and get around. There are multiple trail systems surrounding the city of Kanab and they all interconnect- making every trip a unique experience. This trail system will take you from Kanab down through the Virgin River all the way over to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes.

Age Restrictions

This is a good trail system if you have little kids and you’re looking for some smooth trails. While not all the trails are smooth, the trails on the southwest side of the lake are the best for young kids. I would recommend taking Trail 134, then head South on Trail 135. Trails 22, 518, 42 and 43 are all really smooth and good for young kids. You will have to go on Trail 501 to connect to 42 if you want to keep going, and it’s a bit of a rocky trail – but it’s short. We just go really slow on this part of the trail. (This is just my recommendation based on personal experience and where I felt comfortable taking MY children. YOU know your child best and must decide what is safe for them. Raising Little Wild Ones shall not be held liable in the event of an accident or injury. You can read our entire Safety Disclosure and Liability Release here.)

Accessibility

Mount Carmel OHV Trails are open all year. Weather in the winter months can be unpredictable so make sure to come prepared. Also, be aware of local warnings regarding the Virgin River. The water can get deep enough that it isn’t passable. There are about 27 crossings required before you reach the Elephant Butte Climb Out Trail (which is a pretty difficult sandy hill)

Bathroom Access

I didn’t see any bathrooms during our stay in this area, but there are plenty of nice bushes along the trail!

Cell Reception

Cell Reception will depend on your provider, but we did not have any service the entire time we were on this trail, or at the trailhead.

Weather

The weather at Mt. Carmel Junction is best during the Spring and Fall. During the summer it can get so hot that it’s uncomfortable. The heat typically peaks in mid-summer (around the end of July/ beginning of August). Be prepared for a LOT of dust if you go during this time of year as it gets really dry here.

Additional Information

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Highlights

The scenery here is beautiful. If you’ve never been to Southern Utah, you’re in for a real treat. The beautiful red slick rocks and coral color sand is unlike anything anywhere else!

If you take the Barracks trail, you’ll follow the Virgin River, winding in and out of the river until you climb a sand mountain to get out of the river valley. This is tons of fun, especially on a hot day!

MT. CARMEL JUNCTION ATV/UTV TRAIL SYSTEM | Raising Little Wild Ones | The Mt Carmel Junction OHV Trail System has something for everyone in your family with beautiful scenery and a wide variety of terrains on the trails. You'll likely come across water, sand, slick rock and dirt trails if you spend more than an hour here, plus it’s just outside of Kanab, in Southern Utah! #rzrriding #rzrtrails #utvtrails #atvtrails #kanab #utah #southernutah

Additional Highlights

Kanab: The City of Kanab is less than 30 miles away from this trail system, and it’s a fun small town with a lot of history. There are tons of other OHV trail systems near Kanab as well, making this a great spot for a family trip!

Coral Pink Sand Dunes: If you finish the Barracks trail, and you’re not quite ready to go home, I’d recommend heading over to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. This is a mild Sand Dunes riding area with a ton of fun sand trails and hill climbs to play around in until you’re ready to head back.

MT. CARMEL JUNCTION ATV/UTV TRAIL SYSTEM | Raising Little Wild Ones | The Mt Carmel Junction OHV Trail System has something for everyone in your family with beautiful scenery and a wide variety of terrains on the trails. You'll likely come across water, sand, slick rock and dirt trails if you spend more than an hour here, plus it’s just outside of Kanab, in Southern Utah! #rzrriding #rzrtrails #utvtrails #atvtrails #kanab #utah #southernutah

Things To Bring:

  • Food and Drink: There aren’t many options of places to eat outside of Kanab and you’ll likely be up in the trails for long enough that you’ll at least want to bring snacks! If you’re planning on being up there for a full day, make sure to bring plenty of water and consider packing a lunch to eat at one of the many beautiful vistas along the trail.
    • Water Access: There is no water access that I am aware of outside of Kanab so make sure to bring plenty of water for your family (I would bring more than enough so you are prepared in case something happens and you have to hike out).
  • Wet Wipes, Toilet Paper, Tissues and Hand Sanitizer: This is a messy activity. While the trails in the Mt. Carmel Junction OHV System are mostly sand and slick rock, there’s still plenty enough dirt to cover you by the end of the day. It’s a good idea to plan on bringing a few wet wipes to wipe off hands and faces at the end of the ride before getting in your normal vehicle. You’ll likely want to bring a few tissues to take care of runny noses from the all the dirt and pollen that will be kicked up during the ride, as well as some toilet paper and hand sanitizer in case you need to use the bathroom during your trip.
  • Camera: The Kanab area is stunning and definitely worth taking photos with your nicer camera. But your phone camera will do just fine too. I typically bring my Nikon 5200 DSLR here. I just put it next to me in our RZR. But make sure to have any camera you bring in a nice dustproof camera bag and put it away after each time that you take it out. Dirt will cake up on it fast, and that can lead to a variety of issues with any camera. Also, consider bringing some lens cleaner just in case.
  • Folding Chairs: I like to bring some folding chairs and a small table or a picnic blanket to sit on while we eat lunch. These are my favorite chairs for when we take the RZR out because they are simple, lightweight and fit in our back trunk. You can also just eat in your machine, but I find it’s nice to let the kids out of their seats for a few minutes to stretch their legs and explore.
  • Clothing: In the Spring make sure to bring Layers. The temperature once you get up in the trails is usually quite a bit colder than the weather in Kanab. In the summer this is a nice relief from the heat, but in the Spring and Fall it gets cold! So in the colder months, you’ll want to have plenty of layers to take on and off as you go up and down the trail. If you’re going on a colder day, make sure to bring gloves and hats as well. We like to always bring a pram and at least one small blanket for each kid so we are prepared. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses or goggles depending on your preference.
  • Sunscreen: Even when you think it’s not hot, the sun up the canyon can be blaring, so make sure to put sunscreen on any exposed skin before heading up the canyon.

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