Elephant Hill Road is a thrilling off road experience in UT

Located in San Juan County, in the U.S. state of Utah, Elephant Hill is said to be one of the most technical four-wheel-drive roads in Utah.

Elephant Hill Road

Where is Elephant Hill Road?

The trail is located in the southeastern portion of Utah, between Moab and Monticello, within the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

How long is Elephant Hill Road? 

The trail is totally unpaved. Located to the west of the paved UT-211, it’s about 9 miles (14km) long. It was originally built in the early 1940’s by Puge Stocks, a bulldozer operator.

Is Elephant Hill Road dangerous?

The trail is rough and narrow and has hazardous conditions. It features steep grades, loose rocks, stair-step drops, tight turns and tricky backing. The speed limit is 15 mph and maximum vehicle length, including racks and trailers, is 21 feet. Extremely tight switchbacks require backing up. Never drive this trail alone.

Can I drive my 2wd vehicle to Elephant Hill Road?

A high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle with low range is required. Not recommended for stock sport utility vehicles.

How long does Elephant Hill Road take?

Located near the town of Moab, plan about 4-5 hours without stops to complete the drive.

Is Elephant Hill Road open?

The trail is usually open year round. Very hot in summer. Carry plenty of water. The trail climate includes desert conditions with less than 10 inches of annual rainfall, as well as very warm, mostly dry summers and cold, occasionally wet winters, with snowfall generally light during the winter. Go early before it gets too hot and crowded.
Pic: Tomas Dawson