Tip-Toe Behind the Rocks Trail

This trail tours the "Behind the Rocks" country without need for a vehicle that is modified from its original condition. It avoids the very difficult and the very easy routes but visits the hills at High Dive Canyon and White Knuckle Hill for the amazement of those who keep their driving at the 3½-rated level. The tip-toe routes intersect the difficult version of Behind the Rocks, and even share a few miles of easy trail portions, but the portions that are exclusive to this trail are especially scenic.

Tip-toe Behind the Rocks Difficulty Rating: 5 (old 3½);

Scenery: The rock layers slope downward behind the cliffs, and the virtually impenetrable Navajo Sandstone domes and fins of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area are in view most of the time. Balcony Arch, Picture Frame Arch, and Pritchett Arch may be seen at a distance. There is a spectacular (usually dry) pour-off of Hunters Canyon with a small natural bridge above a pool and hanging gardens that are fed by perennial dripping springs.

Road Surface: Most of the road is sandy dirt with occasional rock outcrops.

Obstacles: There are a few minor drainage crossings that have exposed rock ledges requiring a bit of technique to climb with stock equipment. The downhill route into Hunters Canyon may require some rock positioning to carry stock vehicles.

Information courtesy of Red Rock 4-Wheelers, Inc

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