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This thread is for discussing the trails we're interested in doing on our upcoming Sand Hollow trip in May 2019. I'm hoping this thread answers some questions, incites new ideas, and spurs discussion, about the trails around St. George, and the Sand Hollow/Sand Mountain OHV area.

Several people have been sending me links to various trails in the St. George area (thanks!). Please go ahead and share your findings in this thread as a central info location. I'm going to be posting the ones that K, G, and I have already talked about and want to do.

NOTE: Sand Hollow OHV area charges $15/day per vehicle. This is why I have listed trails inside and outside the park, we don't necessarily want to go inside the OHV everyday while we're there.

For your reference, there is a list of all the trails in the area on Winter 4x4 Jamboree website. Check it out to see which trails appeal most to you!

There is also trail ratings scale on Winter 4x4 Jamboree website. These ratings are applicable for trails both inside and out of the OHV area.

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The Winter 4x4 Jamboree attempts to keep the trail rating current. However, weather and usage constantly alter the routes and ratings. Heavy localized rains can change a trail from a moderate trail to impassable in an afternoon. It is always wise to obtain the most up-to-date information prior to departing for a trip and be prepared. Remember, turning back is always an option!

1 County dirt road maintained for high clearance 2WD and 4WD use in adverse conditions.

2 County dirt road with infrequent or light maintenance after rain or snow, high clearance light duty 4WD required.

3 Trail consisting of loose rocks, dirt, and sand with some slickrock surfaces, mud holes possible, no steps higher than 12". 4WD is required, aggressive tires a plus.

4 Trail consisting of loose rock, dirt, and sand with some slickrock surfaces. Some erosion; washes, gulches and rock steps no higher than 18”. Tall tires(33" plus) and limited slip would be a plus. 4WD is required. Enhanced suspension travel and good ground clearance are helpful. Good driving skills a plus.

5 Trail surfaces are rutted, rocky and sandy with steps not exceeding 24”, with considerable slickrock surfaces. Water not exceeding 12” with some mud possible. Good ground clearance and driving skills are needed. 4WD, tall tires (33” plus) and traction adding devices (locker, limited slip) are required. Above average driving skills are desirable. A winch would be a plus. Enhanced suspension travel and good ground clearance are also required.

6 Trails are difficult with considerable erosion damage, loose rocks, dirt, and slickrock. Water in excess of 12” is possible with mud conditions. Steps not exceeding 36”. 4WD, tall tires (33” plus) with two traction adding devices (lockers, limited slips) are required. A winch would be a plus. Enhanced suspension travel and good ground clearance are a required. Excellent driving skills are recommended.

7 Trail consists of rock, sand and considerable slickrock with many steps exceeding 48”. Steep inclines and declines are prevalent. Enhanced off road equipment is required including locking devices (front & rear), 35" tires, maximum vehicle ground clearance, and tow hooks. A winch is desirable. Excellent driving skills are required. Vehicle mechanical or body damage is likely. Roll over possibilities exist.

8 Extreme trail similar to #7 except a bit more extreme. Same equipment required as #7. A winch is desirable and likely to be used. Excellent driving skills are required. Vehicle mechanical or body damage is likely. Roll over possibilities exist.

9 Extreme and beyond. The average well equipped trail rig may have great difficulty in completing this trail. Steps exceeding 60". Steep inclines and declines with off camber sections are prevalent. Enhanced off road equipment is required including locking devices (front & rear), tall tires (37" plus), maximum ground clearance, tow hooks, and a winch. Minimum wheelbase 100". Excellent driving skills are required. Vehicle mechanical or body damage is likely. Roll over is very common. Spare parts and tools are recommended.

10 Let the carnage begin! Buggy territory. Street driven 4X4’s should not attempt this trail. Modified factory vehicles will not be able to complete this trail.
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Milt's Mile and Milt's Mile Light

Milt's Mile - Inside Sand Hollow OHV Area, trail rating = 6 - 7

Trail Notes
Length: 6.5 miles
Min Tire Size: 33+ inches
Winch: No
Front Locker: Yes
Rear Locker: Yes

Milt's Mile is a hidden gem of a trail in the Sand Hollow state park near St. George Utah. What makes Milt's Mile so special is that there are some pretty intense obstacles and challenges for even the modified rigs, however there are bypasses and alternate routes for most of the really hard stuff. Taking the bypasses and alternates is called Milt's Light. We put a trail rating of 6 on here which is about the average of all the obstacles. There are some 8 rated obstacles in there is you choose to take them. You can take a stock Jeep through, but it would have to bypass the harder stuff. But this is what makes it a really fun run for all levels of Jeep experience and makes a great run for a mixed group.

Milt's Mile trail by Yellow Jeep Trail Guide:


Milt's Mile Lite - inside OHV, trail rating = 4

Trail Notes
Length: 6.2 miles
Min Tire Size: 31+ inches
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: No

Most of Milt’s Mile Light Trail follows along the edge of Milt’s Mile Trail. Several sections are part of the original Milt’s Mile, and a couple of sections are shared with the current Milt’s Mile. This trail affords spectacular views of Pine Valley Mountain, Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane Cliffs, and Zion Park. During the Jamboree, there is a great spot to watch the “entertainment” when the 6-rated Milt’s Mile vehicles negotiate a tough section in the canyon below. A couple of intimidating sections at the beginning, earn a 4 rating. With good spotting on a few obstacles, stock high clearance 4x4 vehicles with competent drivers can successfully negotiate this trail. Much of the trail is easy slickrock and some sand.
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Toquerville Falls

Toquerville Falls - Outside OHV area, trail rating = 2 or 4

Trail Notes
Length: 38 miles
Min Tire Size: stock
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: No

Toquerville Falls is a fairly easy trail that is marked by amazing set of waterfalls on La Verkin Creek. It begins in the town of Toquerville just north of St. George. There are a few rutted parts of the road, so don't just think you are going to cruise right through it. You can stop at the falls and enjoy a swim in the cool water. The creek varies in how deep it is and how much water is flowing, and the trail does cross directly over the creek, so the trail isn't advisable during heavy rains. But it is great any other time of year and provides a refreshing escape from the heat in the summer. Toquerville Falls trail is easily passable with a stock Jeep. There are a few steep ascents and sometimes the trail can be a little washed out, but nothing that will cause too many problems. Are is quite beautiful with some great views in the higher parts of the trail. Toquerville falls is a good way to spend the afternoon. If you continue down the trail past the falls, the road crosses over La Verkin Creek a few time and the difficulty increases. We don't advise that you go past the falls until you have some lift as it will be easy to bog down in some of the water crossings.


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Backdoor to Babylon

Backdoor to Babylon - Outside the OHV Area - Rated 3

Trail Notes
Length: TBD
Min Tire Size: 31+ inches
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: No

This trail rated 3 covers the area north of St. George where a town was once situated named Babylon. Remnants of mining operations are seen along with some foundations. The trail has rock climbs and deep sand. It starts in the town of Toquerville off highway 17 and ends near highway 15 near Leeds. GPX also contains waypoints of interesting stops along the way.

Babylon was a town associated with the Stormont Mill along the Virgin River, six miles southeast of Silver Reef and twelve miles northeast of St. George. It was established in 1877 by a group of mill workers and their families. Its name came from the Babylon of Biblical times, and was probably chosen to distinguish themselves from their Mormon neighbors. About twenty families, totaling between forty and fifty people, lived in town. There were no businesses; the town's residents rode to Leeds and Silver Reef for their essentials.

Not much else is known about the town's history, probably because it wasn't a particularly important place. Newspapers of the day occasionally wrote about the town, though; in an article published by The Salt Lake Tribune on August 3, 1879, it was reported that "A miner's cabin at Babylon was destroyed by fire on Sunday last." An article published in The Silver Reef Miner told the sad tale of a Babylon man who committed suicide.

The town of Babylon relied completely on the Stormont Mill, just as the town of Silver Reef relied completely on the mining industry. When the Stormont Mining Company announced that they were closing their mill in 1887, this spelled the beginning of the end for Babylon. No records of the town exist past 1887, but it's possible that the town was still occupied in the 1890s because the Stormont Mill was being worked by lessees at that time.

For nearly a century, the town of Babylon lay abandoned. Then in the 1980s, John Vought, an official in the U.S. State Department, purchased the town property and began making plans for the construction of his retirement home. St. George architect Mary Ann Kozlowski helped design the house, and John spent $250,000 on the initial phases of construction on what he called the "Babylon House". Unfortunately, these plans weren't successful, as the unfinished house caught fire and was completely destroyed. John abandoned the project and Babylon has been empty ever since.

Today, only a few relics remain of the old town of Babylon. An empty home and a pile of rubble where a house once stood sit near the road to Babylon, which starts just north of Leeds. At the Virgin River, the foundations of the Babylon House, as well as the walls of the Stormont Mill's office, can be seen. These remnants barely begin to tell the tale of the hard-working small town of Babylon.

Scenery
Very scenic route along the Virgin River. Lots of history to see and experience.

Surface
The trail there is sandy road with some rocky sections. Careful driving skills will allow those with stock 4x4 vehicles to go on this adventure.





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Check out the Sand Hollow down-loadable map available at Dixie 4x4. This video explains how the map works and more about the ohv area. I haven't been able to download the interactive map to my tablet or my phone so I'll have to look at ya'll's screens when we're out there. :O

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This looks like it's going to be a killer trip! I sure wish I could make it. With everything going on, I am lucky enough to get 2 days to go to Expo.
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Birthing Cave Behind the Reservoir

Birthing Cave Behind the Reservoir - Outside the OHV Area - Rated 3

Trail Notes
Length: 83 Miles, 65 Miles on pavement :O
Min Tire Size: stock
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: No

This is a fun trip thru the western area of Gunlock Reservoir to areas of Piute petroglyphs. The rated 3 trail has some rock climbs and sand. Trail begins and ends in historic town of Gunlock, Utah, where it continues on a graded dirt road through the high desert. We wind through a little red canyon, which is a fun introduction to rock crawling for first timers, then on our way to a couple of caves nested in the walls of sliprock fins.

The Birthing Cave is within a hundred yards of the parking location. It is an easy climb to get to the open cave with quite a few Indian pictographs painted on the ceiling. We end the trail on a very scenic ride around the Gunlock Reservoir on our way back to pavement.

Scenery
High desert with Pinion Pine, Mesquite, and Juniper. Some red rock hills and sandy areas. There are views of the Mormon Mountains and Utah Hill areas south of Motoqua and Shivwits. By climbing up to the top of the rocks, you get great panoramas of the southwest desert and mountain ranges.

Surface
Mostly graded dirt with some sandy two-track and loose rock. High clearance vehicles with 4-wheel drive required. Details
When traveling up through Red Canyon, 4 wheel low and a high clearance vehicle will be required.



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Sliplock Gulch

Sliplock Gulch - Inside Sand Hollow OHV Area - Rated 6

Trail Notes
Length: 8.4 miles
Min Tire Size: 33+ inches
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: Yes

This extremely fun trail features a series of steep slicklock waterfalls with plenty of challenges. The trail has three sections.

The first section is the scenic rim road from the dunes to the bottom of the gulch. It has a couple of steep waterfalls that will build your confidence on the slickrock.

The trail enters the second section after crossing into the bottom of the gulch. After entering the gulch, you will come to a series of tight climbs. The second one is Horseshoe Falls. Take the bypass if you want to keep your sheet metal straight. After completing the rest of the climbs in that gulch, the trail exits the gulch and takes the road back down the west side, until turning west and travelling past the start of John's Trail. There is a steep sand drop into a wide slickrock gulch that begins the third section.

The third section starts with a couple of tough ledges. Bypasses are commonly used on them. Towards the end of this section, there is an optional area with a couple of climbs and a tight slot before a wide V-notch. Careful driving is needed to avoid body damage.

This challenging trail is a lot of fun. Be careful, and take the bypasses when you are not confident about an obstacle.

Scenery
Nice high desert scenery, with some views of Sand Hollow Reservoir and Zion Park.

Surface
Sandy Roads for the first part, then steep slickrock waterfalls, then rocky gulches with steep waterfalls and ledges.

Trail Details
There are many 7- and 8-rated optional obstacles on this trail. The most noted is the Horseshoe Falls in the second section. It has been known to have tip overs and breaks regularly. If you attempt it, you should probably have a strap with a few big guys on it to keep the front end down. Body and driveline damage is likely. At the end of the trail, there are several options, including a tight chute, steep waterfall, and a wide V-notch, that have all caused damage.



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East Rim Trail

East Rim - Located inside the OHV Area - Rated 3

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Length: 23.2 miles
Min Tire Size: stock
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: No

This is an incredible trip along the Sand Mountain cliff edge and has many sights such as the Flintstone House. It is rated a 3, but could be a 4 with many rock steps that have less challenging bypasses. Air down low to traverse the sand
dunes toward the end of the trail. Starts at the end of the pavement near Sky Ranch in Hurricane and exits at the tunnel in Sand Hollow State Park. Flag required.

East Rim Trail is a scenic route that travels from the base of the Hurricane Cliffs in Warner Valley, crossing over Sand Mountain via the East Rim to the West Rim and ending at the Washington Dam Road staging area. The 3 rating comes from several ledgy areas and a sand dunes crossing. Stock high clearance 4x4 vehicles with properly inflated (aired down) tires can successfully negotiate this trail.

Scenery
Starting at the base of Hurricane Cliffs, the views on this trail just keep getting better! There are great views of Warner Valley in the foreground and the Arizona Strip in the background along the East Rim. As you reach the West Rim, there are also views of St. George city and the Red Cliffs area, with the Pine Valley Mountains west of the trail.

Surface
Two-track road with some ledges, up to 12". Sand dunes crossing with some uphill sand requiring momentum and wheel speed.

Trail Details
East Rim Trail is a 23.2 mile out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that offers scenic views and is a great drive for stock four-wheel drive rigs. The trail is primarily used for camping and is accessible year-round.
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West Rim Trail & West Rim Lite

West Rim Trail & West Rim Lite - Inside the OHV Area - Rated 4 & 3, respectively

West Rim Trail

Trail Notes
Length: 12 miles
Min Tire Size: 31+ inches
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: No
West Rim is one of the most popular trails offered for Winter 4x4 Jamboree. What makes it so popular is that if you are with a group that has a wide range of vehicles, from stock to wild, you will be able to tour together and find something that will challenge you. There are many places where you can drive your stock rig up right next to the built rigs and watch them struggle to make the hardline. You all will be amazed at the incredible 360 degree views of Sand Hollow, Zion Park, Pine Valley Reservoir, St. George, The Arizona Strip, and Hurricane Cliffs.

The trail stages at the Hurricane Water Tanks, then heads over to the lower sand dunes by the golf course. After going down and up the dunes, the course continues to the first slickrock obstacle, The Steps. As the name implies, this is a set of ledges that will test your suspension and driving ability. Like many of the obstacles on West Rim, there are easy, hard, and very hard lines. Lunch is usually held at, appropriately enough, the "Lunch Room," an alcove surrounded on 3 sides by tall rock formations, and a nice viewpoint of Warner Valley and the Arizona Strip to the south. From the Lunch Room, there is plenty of 4-wheeling left. The "Rock Garden" is at the end of West Rim Trail. From there, the return route is down Hurricane Sand Dunes.

Scenery
Incredible 360 degree vistas of Sand Hollow Reservoir, Zion Park, Pine Valley Mountains (usually snow capped for Winter 4x4 Jamboree), Warner Valley, the Arizona Strip, Hurricane Cliffs, and Hurricane Sand dunes.

Surface
Sand dunes and sandy roads, then slickrock ledges and two-track rocky roads.

Trail Details
There a many obstacles on this 4-rated trail, with twice as many optionals just off the trail. The trail starts with "The Steps" (slickrock ledges) and then to "The Funnel" (a rounded 30" step that requires stacking rocks for stock vehicles). From there, the climb is up a couple more steps to the "West Rim Boulevard", which is a rocky road the feeds several other trails. After turning down onto West Rim, the trail travels along the rim on an alternately rocky and sandy road that is on the rim. You leave the rim to travel between a set of evenly spaced pinnacles, called the "Toll Booths" that tower above the trail and have a ledge that can challenge stock rigs.

A pullout called the "Scenic Loop" has beautiful views of St. George and the airport, and can be a challenge for stock rigs on it's entry steps and a short climb out on dirt. From there, the challenges are various, winding through a rock-walled labyrinth until you reach the Lunch Room. Great views from here, surrounded by rock walls.

There are several challenging obstacles after the Lunch Room, starting with "The Squeeze" that can leave a rock rash on wide vehicles. The trail ends in an area called the "Rock Garden." This area has many various obstacles surrounding an open natural courtyard, allowing spectators to walk from one show to the next. After leaving the trail, the way back is down the Hurricane Sand Dunes, affording a chance to increase the pace and blow out the dust.





West Rim Lite Trail


Trail Notes
Length: 22
Min Tire Size: stock
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: No

Most of West Rim Lite Trail tours the rim of Sand Mountain, with spectacular views of Pine Valley Mountain, Sand Hollow Reservoir, St. George City, Warner Valley and the Hurricane Cliffs. The trail is mainly sandy road, with a few slickrock challenges and a sand dunes crossing. Stock 4x4 vehicles with properly inflated tires will enjoy this trail with a few challenges to prove their capabilities. Most of the trail is scenic four-wheeling.

West Rim Lite Trail begins at the Washington Dam staging area. A sandy wash is followed to a dirt two-track, leading up the side of Sand Mountain. After a sandy section with a marked intersection, the trail leads up to “The Steps” obstacle, with progressively bigger steps to the right. Almost immediately after The Steps, the trail comes to “The Funnel,” which is a 36-inch high ledge with no bypass. Careful rock stacking is required for stock-height vehicles, and long rear overhang vehicles may drag their bumpers or hitches. There are a few smaller ledges before reaching the hilltop. The next section, known as “West Rim Boulevard,” is the main route along the ridge of Sand Mountain. West Rim Trail will depart to the right at a marked intersection. After a bumpy section, the trail travels the edge of West Rim with beautiful views of Warner Valley. Next is a group of large monoliths called “The Toll Gates,” followed by a steep rocky climb to meet back with West Rim Boulevard at the top. Along the Boulevard, views of Warner Valley, Arizona Strip, Pine Valley Mountain, Sand Hollow Reservoir, Zion Park, and Hurricane Cliffs surround you. At the end of West Rim Boulevard, there is a descent to the mesa at the top of “Competition Hill.” Here, the trail takes a tricky S-turn down the sand and then traverses the Hurricane Sand Dunes before reaching the East Rim Trail. More sand, slickrock steps and dirt trails complete the East Rim section of this trail. West Rim Lite Trail ends east of Sand Hollow Reservoir.

Scenery
Incredible views of Warner Valley and the city of St. George are along West Rim. Beautiful views of Zion Park, Warner Valley, Arizona Strip, Sand Hollow Reservoir, and snow-capped Pine Valley Mountains surround you from the West Rim Boulevard.

Surface
Most of West Rim Lite trail is on sandy two-track road. The initial climb from the Washington Dam staging area is sand and clay. There are sandstone (slickrock) ledges along the way, and a loose stone climb from the rim up to West Rim Boulevard. There is a downhill sand dune crossing.

Trail Details
The Steps, a ledgy section has variable difficulty depending on the route chosen. Left is easy, and to the right is progressively more difficult. The Funnel is a rounded 30" ledge that requires a few rocks stacked for stock height vehicles. A loose stone climb from West Rim up to West Rim Boulevard requires 4 wheel drive. The sand dunes crossing at the midpoint is downhill. The East Rim section after the dunes has several ledgy areas with up to 12" ledges.
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Honeymoon Trail

Honeymoon Trail - Outside the OHV Area - Rated 3

Trail Notes
Length: 55.3 total, 14 miles on pavement
Min Tire Size: stock
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: No

This is a fabulous trip to the top of the Hurricane Cliffs with views for miles. This 3 rated trail climbs the old Honeymoon Trail that pioneers took to get married at the St. George Temple from as far away as Arizona, and was one of the first wagon trails down the cliff. There are many sections of hand-stacked rocks supporting the road surface, and there are some stretches where you can see original trail paths. The views from the top are spectacular as you run along the cliff edge and overlook Sand Hollow Reservoir and Sand Dunes and turn around and look straight up Zion Canyon. This is the best trail for overlook views of the entire St George, Hurricane, and Zion areas.

Scenery
The trail starts south of the city of Hurricane along the base of the Hurricane Cliffs, then climbs up to the top via a couple of scenic canyons where the ruins of rock retaining walls are visible beneath the original route. On top, there are pastoral farmlands as the route turns north along the top of the cliffs. Before returning to Hurricane City, the route diverts to an interesting rock formation named "Molly's Nipple." From Wikipedia: "Sources claim there are eleven geological features in Utah that bear this name. At least some of those names are attributed to John Kitchen – a pioneer of an early exploration of Utah, who named them to commemorate his wife (or his bride according to some sources) Molly.

Surface
Two-track wagon road with several eroded ledgy areas that are a bit off camber.

Trail Details
This scenic drive will take you along the old wagon road along the base and upper edges of the towering sandstone cliffs. There is a steep climb up to to the foot of the cliffs, then a rocky road that winds its way up two canyons in the Hurricane Cliffs. Just before the top of the climb, there is an off-camber section with a couple of small ledges to climb before reaching the top. The route from the top is mostly two-wheel drive, unless there has been recent inclement weather, which may create muddy conditions.

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