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Horse & Pack Stock: Grand Staircase Routes

The Monument offers many opportunities to experience the backcountry by horse but please note that designated horse & pack stock routes have not been established on the Monument.

Stock LogoRoute: Deer Springs Point 

7.5' Maps: Deer Springs Point 

Distance: About 4 miles one way 

Description: You can access this route from the Skutumpah Road at the jeep trail, which goes to Deer Springs Point, where you can enjoy views of No Mans Mesa and Kitchen Canyon

Water: No water is available, so bring your own

Important Info: Access into the area is by a gravel/dirt road suitable for trucks, trailers, and sedans in dry weather only

Stock LogoRoute: No Mans Mesa Loop 

7.5' Maps: Deer Range Point, Eight Mile Pass 

Distance: About 15 miles one way 

Description: Access this loop from the Kitchen Canyon Road #580, which starts at MM37 on Highway 89. Travel 9 miles to the intersection of the road to Nipple Lake. Starting at the intersection, follow the well maintained road for about 4 miles to the Swag. Heading northwest the Swag is a wide-open sagebrush flat with views of No Mans Mesa, a large white sandstone butte. Leaving the Swag, the route drops into Park Wash, a deep canyon offering views of sandstone cliffs and canyon walls

Water: No water is available, so bring your own

Important Info: Be careful when traversing the wash, as quicksand can develop after heavy rains

Stock Logo Route: Mollie’s Nipple 

7.5' Maps: Calico Peak 

Distance: About 6 miles one way 

Description: Access this route via Kitchen Canyon Road. Riders can begin at the intersection of the road to Nipple Lake. A mile onto the road, a jeep trail heads east toward Mollie’s Nipple and continues for approximately 5 miles onto its back side. This route gives excellent views of the various rock formations that cap the Vermilion Cliffs portion of the Grand Staircase. 

Water: No is water available, so bring your own. 

Important Info: Nipple Lake is on private property.

Stock Logo Route: Bull Rush Hollow 

7.5' Maps: Skutumpah, Deer Springs Point, Bull Rush Hollow, Slick Rock Bench
Distance: About 6 miles round trip

Description: Access this road from the Skutumpah Road, approximately 17 miles east of the junction with Johnson Canyon. From the Skutumpah Road, you can go up Bull Rush Hollow and see dramatic views of the pink cliff formation of Bryce Canyon. The route continues on to the Dixie National Forest where riders can connect with the Under the Rim trail

Water: Water in the area is scarce for livestock, so be prepared

Important Info: None

Stock Logo  Route: Round Valley Draw to Rush Beds 

7.5' Maps: Slick Rock Bench, Butler Valley
Distance: About 7 miles one way
Description: This route consists of a four-wheel-drive road from Round Valley Draw through a piñon-juniper woodland to Rush Beds, where it becomes less traveled. The route terminates on the cliff line above Cottonwood Creek. The terrain is a colorful combination of slickrock and varied vegetation
Water: Be prepared to carry water for livestock — none will be available
Important Info: None

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