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Buckskin Mountain Passage

28 miles east of Kanab, Utah.

The 12.5-mile northern trailhead stretch of the Arizona Trail makes its way south through the steep and rugged eastern flank of Buckskin Mountain, where it treats visitors to sweeping views of the Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, Kaibab Plateau, and southern Utah. The trail continues to the Grand Canyon and beyond, eventually traversing some 800 miles to Mexico.

From Kanab, take U.S. Highway 89 east about 35 miles to House Rock Valley Road. Turn south on House Rock Valley Road and travel 9 miles to the Stateline Campground and the Arizona Trail Trailhead. Continue south on House Rock Valley Road (into Arizona, where the road is numbered BLM 1065) for 7 additional miles to BLM 1025 (also called Winter Road), and turn west. Continue about 5 miles to the Arizona Trail. Hikers can head north from here across Buckskin Mountain to the Utah border, or head south to the Kaibab Plateau within the Kaibab National Forest.

Visitor Activities
Hiking, mountain biking, big-game hunting, geologic sightseeing, and wildlife viewing.
Special Features
This section of the trail offers spectacular panoramas of northern Arizona and southern Utah. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon lies another 50 miles down the Arizona Trail. Buckskin Mountain is a famous deer wintering area.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
No permits or fees are required to use the trail. Hunting is allowed under Arizona Game and Fish Department regulations.
The trail is not wheelchair-accessible. The restroom at the Stateline Campground, at the northern trailhead, is accessible.
Camping and Lodging
The Stateline Campground is located at the northern trailhead. The nearest lodging is in Kanab, Utah, and Page, Arizona, 74 miles east of Kanab on U.S. Highway 89.
Food and Supplies
There are no sources of food or supplies on-site. The nearest stores are in Kanab and Page.
First Aid
There are no first aid facilities on-site. First aid is available in Kanab and Page. The nearest hospital is in Flagstaff, Arizona, approximately 125 miles south on U.S. Highway 89.
Additional Information
Hiking in foothills may be hazardous because of loose rock, steep slopes, and extreme summer temperatures. Fall, winter, and spring are the best times to visit. For access to the trailhead, high-clearance vehicles are recommended. Parts of the trail are steep.
Contact Information

  Arizona Strip Field Office 
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
Phone: (435) 688-3200
Fax: (435) 688-3258
Field Manager:  Lorraine Christian 
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday

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Background & History

Gambel's Quail 

Gambel's quail are frequent sights along the Arizona Trail.  Males, such as the one perched on a thicket here, are somewhat larger than females, and may also be distinguished by their brown “caps,” black throats, and sinuous white head stripes. (Lynn Chamberlain, BLM)

Buckskin Mountai Passage Trail