Southern Utah is full of lonesome, rough backroads, and long vacant stretches of highway before you come to another town. Make sure you’re prepared before you hit these Southern Utah roads.
NEVER take your two-wheel drive rental car “off-pavement” – your rental contract forbids it, and our backcountry roads are often not well maintained.
– Dirt Roads can become impassable in the rain. Check road conditions with local BLM or Tourist Offices.
-Do not enter narrow canyons, slot canyons, or dry washes if the weather is bad. Even a storm that appears far off may quickly generate giant flash floods. This is not a safe situation.
-Don’t trust your GPS or AAA maps. The rough backcountry roads through the Grand Staircase are not to be used as shortcuts.
-Mule deer, elk, and cows don’t understand the “right-of-way” concept and can be dangerous. Drive slowly and stay alert, especially at dusk and during migrations.
-THERE IS NO CELL PHONE SERVICE in some areas. If you choose to explore backcountry roads understand that the “911” emergency number may be your only option for assistance and “911” calls are not always easily available despite reciprocal cell tower service.
-Remember: We have many great outdoor guides and outfitters that know this area like the back of their hand. They can add expertise to your adventure and guarantee your safety.
-The mile per kilometer conversion rate equals 1 mile to 1.6 kilometers.