Road Conditions and Safety


The road to reach the permit area is unpaved and periodically maintained. Most of the time, two-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles can get to the trailhead. However, four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles may be required when the road is wet. During the rainy season and the winter months, the road may become impassable for all vehicles, even those with four-wheel-drive.

House Rock Valley Road:  House Rock Valley Road in Utah from U.S. Highway 89 to Stateline Campground is not periodically maintained. We recommend high clearance four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicles to navigate rough, rocky and sandy roads. The road is impassable when wet.


Expect the wild! There are few route markers, no drinking water sources, and only occasional contact with other visitors and BLM employees. To protect yourself and the wilderness experience, please take the following precautions:

  • Check weather, hiking, and road conditions before you set out.
  • Carry and drink at least one gallon (3.75 liters) of water per person per day.
  • Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you plan to return, so that someone can alert authorities in case of an emergency.
  • Cell phone service is unreliable in the wilderness. You may be able to call 911 from certain locations, but there is no guarantee.
  • Bring a map and compass or GPS, and know how to use them.
  • Plan for heat and sun. Bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt and pants.
  • Make sure you have enough food, water, and clothing to stay overnight if you run into problems. Keep extra supplies in your vehicle.
  • Safety Tips to Beat the Summer Heat! Protect yourself and the wilderness experience.

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