Manning Creek Canyon (FS# 42000)

Total Miles


2,061.25 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Manning Creek Canyon is a two-and-a-half mile trail that runs along Manning Creek, down through a beautiful canyon. Our 75" wide SXS fit and there are only a few places where you could meet another car and pass. Along the trail is an old concrete irrigation ditch, and at one point you cross a concrete culvert. In mid-June, the creek was running. There are wonderful places along this creek/canyon to have a picnic. Wildlife might include deer, coyotes, foxes, bald eagles, and other birds. The trees and brush are close to the trail, there are opportunities for some new Utah pinstripes. Near the south end of the trail, the creek runs into a holding pond. Just north of the pond is where the canyon walls become rocks towering above the creek. It's common to see bald eagles make their nests in these rocky cliffs around the creeks and rivers in this area. In February of 2023, Utah began enforcement of a 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.


By mid-June, the trail was dry except for a bit at the north end. Earlier in the springtime this creek probably runs pretty fast with the run-off. The same is true after heavy rain. In summertime, it's an easy trail.

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Access Description

On the north end, this trail connects with Straight Canyon/Papa Bear Poker Run, and at the south end, it dumps out onto Papa Bear Poker Run.

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