- Winter Road Trailhead to the Stateline Trailhead
- 10.6 miles
Southern Access Point: Winter Road Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 36.91775° N, 112.10707° W
From US 89A, at House Rock Road, 13.7 miles east of Jacob Lake, turn north on House Rock Road for 15.6 miles to Winter Road (BLM Road 1025). Turn left (west) on Winter Road for 3.7 miles to the AZT, where a large metal AZT sign indicates the trailhead.
Northern Terminus: Stateline Trailhead & Campground
- GPS Coordinates: 37.00112° N, 112.03499° W
It may help to set your odometer to zero in Page, Arizona. From Page, head west on AZ 98 for 2.5 miles to US 89 and turn right (north). At mile 6.4, you’ll pass Wahweap Marina, which offers camping. Cross the state line at mile 13. At mile 38 from Page, just after mile marker 25, you’ll pass through a roadcut and the highway will begin a big, sweeping curve to the right. At the end of the guardrail on the left, turn left (south) onto a dirt road. This is 0.2 miles south of mile marker 26 (from Kanab, this turnoff is about 36 miles “south” according to signs—actually geographically east—on US 89). Follow the dirt road for 10 miles, and then turn right (west) onto a well-graded dirt road. Continue 0.2 miles to a parking area, restrooms, and several campsites. The trailhead is on the left as you drive in. Park in designated spots only.
Passage 43 stretches from Winter Road to the Utah border, marking the end of the AZT. On the eastern flank of Buckskin Mountain, this spectacular final section returns to the high-desert ecosystem of small cacti, colorful shrubs, and scraggly piñon and juniper trees. This short passage follows singletrack and features sweeping views of Utah to the north, and the colorful Vermilion Cliffs to the east.
Along this passage the trail rolls in and out of washes, crosses dirt roads, and descends to a gentle valley. It rises and falls through North Larkum Canyon and ascends to a scenic ridge with outstanding views of Utah to the northeast. Here, you will see craggy pink peaks, unique rock formations, and the psychedelic swirling sandstone of the Vermillion Cliffs.
The last two miles of this passage offer a stunningly dramatic conclusion. The trail descends through switchbacks along a grassy hillside with panoramic views and vibrant wildflowers in bloom in the spring.
After descending the switchbacks, the trail continues northeast over a sagebrush-covered valley to a low, rocky ridge. On the other side of this ridge, the trail descends to the Arizona/Utah border at the Stateline Trailhead and Campground.
Thru-hikers may head over to the northern terminus to snap their finishing photo and celebrate the completion of an epic journey!
Although the Utah border marks the official end of the AZT, the journey can still go on. If you find yourself enticed by the colorful canyons ahead of you, let this mark the start of the next adventure further north!
- Spring, Summer and Fall
- Current weather forecast
There is a good water source at the beginning of this passage as well as about half way through the passage. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.
- All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
- The Arizona Trail is marked with brown fiberglass posts with an Arizona Trail decal near the top.
- Map of Passage 43
- USGS Topographic Maps: Coyote Buttes and Pine Hollow Canyon.
- Kaibab National Forest map.
- BLM Information Center maps.
For more information
- The Passage Steward
- Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, 345 E Riverside Dr., St George, UT (435) 688-3240.
- Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center, Jacob Lake, AZ (928) 643-7298.
- BLM Information Center (602) 417-9300.