Elephant Gap - Poverty Gulch Overlook

Total Miles


1,905.75 ft



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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This is a sandy but somewhat easy trail that has great for views of the surrounding area. You will see mountains, rocky valleys and large areas of sand based flats. There are also interesting small areas with grass where there is a nearby spring. If you want a ride to get to know your vehicle or to train a newer driver this is a great experience. There are areas of deep sand just off the trail so beware. Take time to stop and look around. At the overlook to Poverty Gulch you will also have some great views of the back of Zion National Park.

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Elephant Gap - Poverty Gulch Overlook
Elephant Gap - Poverty Gulch Overlook
Elephant Gap - Poverty Gulch Overlook


The trail is generally one lane wide but it will support most types of vehicles intended to operate in deep sand. There are some areas of rock and small rock shelfs less than 12". Overall the trails are relatively flat with moderate climbs and depressions. This is a great ride year around as long as it has been dry for a few days. There are some unpredictable areas in the winter if it has snowed and after a severe thunderstorm.

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Status Reports

Dan B
May 07, 2023

Access Description

The Elephant Cove Trailhead is one of the few with a restroom facility. It can be accessed from Colorado City (west of Hurricane on Route 389) by turning left about 4 miles southeast on Cane Beds Road and following that to Route 43. The trailhead is on the left approximately 3 miles before Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. From Kanab go north on 89. Turn left toward the CPSD State Park and continue about 3 miles with the trailhead on the right.

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