Black Mesa-Red Knoll Loop

Total Miles


2,024.21 ft



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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a fun and easy trail that will have you in awe of the majesty in the Zion, Bryce Canyon, Kanab area. There are numerous overlooks and fun areas to take walks or explore. The views to the north on the first part of the ride are nothing but spectacular. For anyone that loves geology this is nature in its finest. This is an easy trail that is generally sand so it is a good opportunity for those learning about their UTV or other vehicle to get to know about driving in sand without significant dangers nearby. If your looking for a fun, family ride this one should be considered. This is an area that you can spend multiple days and cover new ground. The trails to vary in difficulty and technical challenges. This is a desert area with little to no outside communications so be sure you have multiple people or someone knows where you will be exploring.

Photos of Black Mesa-Red Knoll Loop

Black Mesa-Red Knoll Loop
Black Mesa-Red Knoll Loop
Black Mesa-Red Knoll Loop


This trail was given a 2 rating because there are areas that are only wide enough for a single vehicle. You will need a vehicle that can maneuver in sand and there are some areas with deeper sand so tires made to handle that should be considered. This trail can be navigated by most full four wheel drive vehicles. It is not recommended for SUVs or other none trail type vehicles.

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Status Reports

Randal Roof
May 26, 2023
Doug Turnquist
Apr 16, 2023
2022 Jeep Wrangler

Access Description

If your are in Kanab you can travel north on Highway 89 for approximately 7 miles and turn left onto the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Road (this is the second opportunity to get to the Park). There is a large trailhead, parking area, about 3/4 of a mile off the Coral Pink Sand Dunes highway approximately 2 miles down the road on the left with lots of space for trucks and trailers. There are no facilities at this location. The trail was started at the highway to aid in getting to the parking area. If you are coming from Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park area you can come Northeast and enter the trail off the right of the road and start that loop from that point with a very neat knob and Red Knoll being your first destination of interest.

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