Elephant Gap – Poverty Gulch Overlook

Total Miles


1905.75 ft



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Best Time

spring, summer, fall, winter



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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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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.