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Smithsonian Butte Back Country Byway

Rockville to Apple Valley, Rockville, UT
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4x4 Fun side trip

I found this back country byway on accident while searching for letterboxes in the ghost town of... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
Thomas G
via mobile
Impossible to rate this attraction because ...

The views from this road are totally awe-inspiring; the road itself is beyond awful ... deep ruts... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2017
Sedona, Arizona
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“rough road” (3 reviews)
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Rockville to Apple Valley, Rockville, UT
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

I found this back country byway on accident while searching for letterboxes in the ghost town of Grafton, UT. The byway is a fun rough road to take my Xterra up and back down. I think I'll try to camp up here next time I...More

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 1 June 2017

The views from this road are totally awe-inspiring; the road itself is beyond awful ... deep ruts; huge rocks; steep inclines ... I thought that nothing could be worse than Schnebly Hill Road in Sedona, but this road is truly worse. Only that my husband...More

Thank dljackson2015
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Views are excellent and the route accesses good MTB terrain on Gooseberry Mesa and Wire Mesa. The crux is about a 1/4 mile of the dugway climbing up from the Rockville/Grafton area from Highway-9. A Subaru Outback can make it if you have reasonable skills....More

Thank Chris027027
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I kid you not, this was part of a "shortcut" my husband found. I was driving a rented small Mazda SUV. We saw the yellow warning sign and laughed in our ignorance. At one point at about a 30° angle on the side of a...More

4  Thank Amy B
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We wanted to save some time instead of going back thru Zion or circling thru St George, saw this on the map, took it. I live in a rural area with lots of dirt roads around, this is a rough road coming up from Rockville,...More

1  Thank WilliamsHomes
Reviewed 20 May 2016

I've read the previous reviews, and can only imagine that the road hasn't been maintained at all since they were written. It would be impossible for a standard car to do this route now. Don't even think about trying it. Here's what you need to...More

1  Thank karan6
Reviewed 20 October 2014

Smithsonian Butte road is reasonable in 2wd vehicles if conditions are dry and you drive carefully. Having driven this route a number of times, my experience is that the crux is the climb up from the Rockville side. Once you are on top, the road...More

1  Thank Chris027027
Reviewed 7 November 2012

Picture is misleading. I don't recall any water along this byway except at Rockville. Still, pretty drive.

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 9 August 2012

We tried this road in a station-wagon. Thank goodness we had front wheel drive. The road was fine from Rockville all the way to the top. But, all of a sudden, we were in mud. I did not dare stop. Later we passed a 4...More

Thank goldnberyl
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