Toroweap Viewpoint and trails

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With towering, 3,000-foot cliffs, Toroweap is one of the most remote and spectacular viewpoints in the park. The three 60-mile, primitive roads to Tuweep/Toroweap Overlook and free campground (9 sites, 1 group site, no water or facilities) require high clearance and good tires. Allow 2-3 hours of rugged driving over sharp rocks and washboard ruts. Breakdown and a tow truck costs $1,000-$2,000. The roads leave from Hwy 389 west of Fredonia and from Colorado City and St. George, Utah. A backcountry camping permit is required. Download a PDF of the Tuweep Bulletin for info and road directions. Always get road conditions before traveling on backcountry roads.

The easy, 1.6-mile roundtrip Saddle Horse Canyon Tail leads to the rim of Saddle Horse Canyon. The mostly flat Tuckup Trail leads 6.2 miles to Tuckup Canyon with spectacular 1,000-year-old pictographs, has no water and is difficult to follow. An old jeep trail the first 2 miles makes a good day hike. The extreme Lava Falls Trail to the river drops 2,500 feet in 1.5 miles and is difficult to follow with cairns over loose scree. Vulcans Throne, at the end of Vulcans Throne spur road, leads about 1,000 feet up a cinder covered path 1.5 miles roundtrip. The easy, 2.9-mile Esplanade Loop begins at campsite 10 and follows a two-track to the old Tuckup Road then west to the Tuckup trailhead, then south on the main road back. Obtain accurate trail maps before venturing on the indistinct trails marked by cairns. If lost of injured, only self-rescue is available.

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Fee for backcountry camping permit.
May 15-Oct. 15

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