Location

  • Winter Road to the Utah border

Length

  • 10.6 miles

Southern Access Point: Winter Road

Access

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: Utah Border Trailhead

Access

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.


Trail Route Description

This passage begins on Winter Road (BLM Road #1025) about one mile north of the Kaibab National Forest boundary. The route proceeds in a northerly direction and then reaches Dead Man Canyon. After crossing that drainage it continues north and crosses Red Canyon. There is a road crossing and another one a half mile later. After reaching Basin Canyon, the trail switchbacks in and then out of that canyon and crosses another road. The trail crosses an unnamed small canyon and on the top of this canyon the trail goes through a gate and then does another road crossing. There is a hard turn to the east and then a slight turn to the northeast. After crossing another road, the trail works its way through the upper end of North Larkum Canyon. It parallels this canyon for a while and then comes to the edge of a plateau. The trail executes some 22 switchbacks, working it’s way down off the plateau and then crosses sage-covered flats to the Utah border trailhead.


Difficulty

  • Easy

Season(s)


Water

Water sources are scarce and unreliable on the Kaibab Plateau.


Notes/Warnings:

  • 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.

Resources

  • USGS Topographic Maps: Coyote Buttes and Pine Hollow Canyon.
  • Kaibab National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

For more information


Current Passage Info

Passage 43 Reopens After Five-Month Fire Closure

Passage 43 Reopens After Five-Month Fire Closure

The Bureau of Land Management's Arizona Strip Field Office recently rescinded the fire closure order that has kept the Buckskin Mountain Passage off-limits since the Pine Hollow Fire started in July 2020. The northernmost 10.6 miles of trail between Winter Road and Stateline Campground are open again, but all Arizona Trail adventurers should use caution within the burn zone. Falling trees, unstable soils, and the possibility of flash floods during rain storms present unnecessarily hazardous conditions. Please report any trail conditions in need of repair to the ATA using the Trail Conditions Form online, and we'll take care of it as soon as possible.
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Northern Terminus Monument

Northern Terminus Monument

On Saturday, May 5 a crew of stonemasons from Payson met with Passage 43 Trail Steward Paul Ostapuk at the Stateline Campground on the Arizona/Utah border to construct an official northern terminus monument. For anyone who has completed the AZT or visited this location, you know it's impossible to determine where the trail ends. Not anymore! Carlos Rodriguez (RB Stonework) and his crew expertly crafted a sandstone monument that matches the dimensions of the southern terminus marker on the US/Mexico border. But instead of concrete and steel, this marker is made from natural rock that blends perfectly with the surrounding landscape. They completed the project on Sunday, May 6 just in time to see a northbound thru-hiker finish his 800-mile journey. This project was made possible through support from the Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Trail Association members, donors and volunteers.
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Flickr Photos

Photos from the Arizona Trail Association’s Flickr galleries, for this specific passage. View the entire Flickr account.

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