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Excellent--But Not For Passenger Cars

Views are excellent and the route accesses good MTB terrain on Gooseberry Mesa and Wire Mesa. The... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2017
Salt Lake City
Like childbirth: honestly terrifying, but way cool in the end.

I kid you not, this was part of a "shortcut" my husband found. I was driving a rented small Mazda... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

My hubby and I were driving in Rockville and we found this trail accidentally and decided to check it out. It is in the north end off Hwy 9. Cross the Virgin River and after you turn off the Grafton road, the trail get rough...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sally T
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a nice scenic back road that runs from Rockville to SR 59. The road is unimproved. It features rocks, rough surfaces, rutted two tracks, and drop offs. The road is not to be attempted when wet. The clay will soften and build up...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank brionsab
Reviewed April 14, 2018

I was staying in Springdale and wanted to ride Gooseberry Mesa so I rode from from Springdale up this road. I am a very experienced mountain biker who has rode all over North America and this was one really tough climb. In particular one section...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Escapefromthejungle
Reviewed June 7, 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

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Thomas G
Reviewed June 1, 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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank dljackson2015
Reviewed March 13, 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

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Chris027027
Reviewed August 22, 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

Date of experience: March 2016
4  Thank thestagecoach
Reviewed July 23, 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

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank WilliamsHomes
Reviewed May 20, 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

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank karan6
Reviewed October 20, 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

Date of experience: March 2014
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May 24, 2017|
Response from Escapefromthejungle |
No way!!! At least not between the top of the Mesa and Rockville. Maybe between Apple Valley and the top if it is dry.