Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report
Strassenzustandsbericht - GSENM

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

All road conditions can change RAPIDLY due to weather.
Please contact the nearest visitor center for the most current conditions.

In courtsy of Bureau of Land Management Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Cannonville Visitor Center

The report may not reflect the most current conditions.
DO NOT DRIVE OFF-ROAD AROUND MUDDY SECTIONS! – If you can’t get through by staying on the road, then turn around!!
 

Roads to the East

Burr Trail

1/30/2017

2WD

Very icy in Long Canyon.

Notom-Bullfrog

1/30/2017

2WD,
4WD-HC

2WD to Cedar Mesa Campground, 4WD-HC to junction with Burr Trail Rd. Very muddy!(per Capitol Reef NPS report)

Road to Bullfrog Marina

1/30/2017

2WD,
4WD-HC

4WD HC recommended due to mud! 2WD for Bullfrog crossing! (per Capitol Reef NPS report)

Wolverine Loop

1/30/2017

4WD-HC

Muddy, plowed but snow-covered, not recommended.

Cedar Wash

1/18/2017

4WD

Muddy places on the private land, good condition on BLM side.

Hole in the Rock

1/24/2017

4WD-HC

4WD-HC, 4 to 5 inches of snow on the road. Could become extremely bad with snow melt! Recommend 4WD-HC for last 7 miles.

Spencer Flat

12/30/2016

4WD

Partly snow-covered, very slippery as snow melts.

 

Roads to the North

Hells Backbone

1/30/2017

4WD-HC,
Impassable

4WD-HC to Posey Lake junction. Hells Backbone impassable due to snow!

Posey Lake to Loa

12/27/2016

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

Whites Flat (FR #142)

1/17/2017

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

Griffin Top

1/17/2017

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

North Creek (FR #149)

1/17/2017

Impassable

Impassable due to snow!

Main Canyon

1/17/2017

4WD,
Impassable

4WD recommended, becomes impassable after 9 miles!

 

Roads to the Central Areas

Smoky Mountain - Alvey Wash

1/17/2017

Impassable

Impassable!

Left Hand Collet

1/17/2017

Impassable

Impassable!

Croton

1/17/2017

4WD-HC

Not advised for winter travel. Not regularly maintained, seldom traveled, often impassable!

Smoky Hollow

1/17/2017

4WD

Conditions unknown! Impassable when wet/snow-covered! Travel not advised!

 

Roads to the West

Cottonwood

2/1/2017

Impassable

Impassable due to recent snow!

Skutumpah

2/1/2017

Impassable

Impassable due to deep snow in most areas!

Glendale Bench

2/1/2017

4WD-HC

4WD-HC, very muddy!

Paria Movie Set

1/30/2016

Impassable

Impassable. Snowy, muddy mess. Not advised till it dries out

House Rock Valley

1/30/2016

Impassable

Impassable. Snowy, muddy mess. Not advised till it dries out

White House

1/30/2017

Impassable

Road CLOSED several weeks for construction starting 1/31/2017.

 

Additional Information:

Hello everyone here is a current updated road report. There are still some major problems with roads being impassable due to recent snow events. It could take awhile for conditions to improve!
 
Phone numbers for the Monument's visitor centers are as follows:
Escalante Interagency Visitor Center:  (435) 826-5499
Kanab Visitor Center:  (435) 644-1300
Big Water Visitor Center:  (435) 675-3200
Cannonville Visitor Center:  CLOSED FOR THE SEASON 
 
If off-highway travel is necessary, be prepared for emergencies.  Plan your way in, and PLAN YOUR WAY OUT.  Make sure family/friends know what your plans are and when you expect to return.  Know the extended weather forecast.  Carry extra clothing, blankets, food and water.  At this time of the year it is likely that you will not see other travelers on the Monument's back roads.  Remember that cell phone coverage across the Monument is mostly non-existent. 
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument can be a "Fierce and Dangerous Land."
Overnight stays on the monument, whether vehicle camping or backpacking, require a free permit that can be obtained at the visitor centers.  The permit system can be crucial in case a search becomes necessary.
NOTE:  The Paria Contact Station along U.S. Highway 89 between Kanab and Page has CLOSED for the season.

 

Comment:
2WD: car w/ two wheel drive (Fahrzeug mit Zweiradantrieb)
4WD: car w/ four wheel drive (Fahrzeug mit Vierradantrieb)
HC: High Clearance (Hohe Bodenfreiheit)
 

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