Sidewinder - Mansard Petroglyphs (BLM 104)

Total Miles


1,925.15 ft


1.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is an 8-mile trail, round trip, and we've allowed some time also to enjoy the view of the Vermillion Cliffs and the Petroglyphs at the trail's end. This is a nice sandy trail, and just before you get to the Petroglyphs there is a hill with loose dirt and rock obstacles. It wasn't difficult but would rate higher than a 2 if the whole trail was similar to the hill. The sandstone cliffs are magnificent, and the drawings are reminders of the Paiute Indians and others who lived in this area before the town of Kanab was settled. From the end of the trail, at the turn-around location, you can see the valley where Highway 89 runs and Arizona just beyond the highway. 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.

Photos of Sidewinder - Mansard Petroglyphs (BLM 104)

Sidewinder - Mansard Petroglyphs (BLM 104)
Sidewinder - Mansard Petroglyphs (BLM 104)
Sidewinder - Mansard Petroglyphs (BLM 104)


This is rated as a 2, but the one hill is a bit of a challenge. It's not too difficult, but doesn't qualify as a 2. We'd rate the hill a 3+.


Johnson Canyon in Kane County, Utah, is the site where a lot of old westerns were filmed, including Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Have Gun - Will Travel, Westward the Women, How the West Was Won, Mackenna's Gold, Death Valley Days and Duel at Diablo. The Johnson Canyon Western Movie Set is a tourist attraction in Kane County, Utah. The buildings have fallen into disrepair, and so they cannot be accessed, but they are visible to take photos of.

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Access Description

From Johnson Canyon, take Johnson Canyon Road (County Rd 1854) north to Johnson Canyon Rd Access (BLM 100). Follow the Access Trail to Mansard Trail North (BLM HC1Z) until it intersects with Sandy Grand Prix. Take either the Mansard Trail or Sandy Grand Prix to this trail. From Kanab, UT, take Highway 89 north to the Hog Canyon parking area on the right. It's a large sandy staging area that will hold a lot of vehicles and trailers. Take Hog Canyon Road up through the North Fork of Hog Canyon. From the Hog Canyon Trail System, take the Mosdell Trail (BLM HC1Z) east to where it intersects with the Mansard Trail. Turn right on Sidewinder - Mansard Petroglyphs (BLM 104).

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