Off Highway Vehicle: The GWT
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument covers 1.9 million acres of public lands insouthern Utah, with over 900 miles of routes available for vehicle travel. Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) are restricted to certain designated roads in the Monument.
The Great Western Trail (GWT) is a corridor of multiple-use trails that traverse north to south from Canada to Mexico. Recreation opportunities on the GWT may include four-wheel driving, ATV travel, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. However, it is not feasible, nor is it the intent of the GWT to accommodate all modes of transportation on every portion of the route.
A section of the GWT passes through the Monument on 46.5 miles of designated open roads. The route runs north to south, through the Podunk Creek, Deer Springs Wash, Nephi Pasture, and Seaman Wash areas. It follows varied terrain, from deep sandy roads to sections that are muddy when wet, as well as 7 miles of the Skutumpah Road. Much of the route is subject to washouts and flooding.