Leeds-Cottonwood Elephant Skin Canyon

Total Miles


1,326.24 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This spur runs to the south off of Leeds Cr-Cottonwood Trail, and the Forest Service trail number is #34056 for the first part of this track. We rode beyond the Forest Service trail on a well-used two-track trail, and we found what one member of our group called "the gem" of the day! A canyon at the end of this trail with rock formations that look like an elephant or rhino skin. It's really something to see. And in the canyon with the elephant skin is a natural arch. The Dixie National Forest has treasures to find if you're willing to look for them! To the west of this trail is Yankee Doodle Hollow, where three canyons converge. To the east is the canyon with the elephant skin rock. It's a mix of dirt and sand, but mostly a sandy trail with some rocks. Be sure to bring your camera for this trail...you won't be disappointed. Starting Feb 2023, Utah began enforcement of its new law, which requires an online education course for all off-roaders. The free course is available online. Google "Utah OHV Education Course," and the free test will pop up. It's an easy test that will only take 15-30 minutes, and it's required for all off-roaders, Jeeps, SXSs, dirt bikes, and ATVs. Kids under the age of 18 will have to take the Youth Education Test at the same site. After completing the test, print out the certificate to carry with you which shows you completed the course. We have taken it, and it's really no big deal. Good reminders about trail etiquette and trail preservation.

Photos of Leeds-Cottonwood Elephant Skin Canyon

Leeds-Cottonwood Elephant Skin Canyon
Leeds-Cottonwood Elephant Skin Canyon
Leeds-Cottonwood Elephant Skin Canyon


After a rain or snowstorm, parts of this trail will be muddy. Otherwise, very easy trail.

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Access Description

From Leeds, Utah, take Silver Reef Road to Oak Grove Road and that will connect with Leeds Creek-Cottonwood Trail. It's Forest Road #30031. Follow Leeds Creek-Cottonwood Trail to this trail.

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