Smoky Mountain Road North BLM 300

Total Miles


2,157.46 ft


3 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Smoky Mountain Scenic Backway is an 80-mile challenging drive located in Kane and Garfield Counties within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Smoky Mountain Road North BLM 300 starts at the intersection of BLM 300 and BLM 230 Left Hand Collet Canyon Road. The trail is a well-maintained single and double track rated 2 of 10. Smoky Mountain Road is a point-to-point road from the east side of Big Water, Utah, and ends in Escalante, Utah. This route is designated a Scenic Backway. The southern section of BLM 300 is considered to be much more difficult than the north section. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended due to the potential for difficult crossing of the various washes along the road. Signs posted at either entrance warn "impassable when wet" and the BLM is serious. Avoid this route the day of and the day after heavy rains. The elevation of the route varies between 4,500 feet and 6,500 feet, meaning you'll find relatively moderate temperatures in spring and fall, but it can get quite hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The Smoky Mountain Road passes through the heart of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The area where the road is located is remote and completely undeveloped. There are no services anywhere along the route. Cell phone coverage is limited or non-existent throughout the area and the nearest services are located in Escalante and Big Water.

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Smoky Mountain Road North BLM 300
Smoky Mountain Road North BLM 300


This is a county dirt road with infrequent or light maintenance after rain or snow. High-clearance, light-duty 4WD may be required.

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Access Description

From Big Water, take E Concord Bridge Road east to the trailhead. From Escalante, take S 500 W to W 600 S to BLM 300.

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