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Smithsonian Butte Back Country Byway

Rockville to Apple Valley, Rockville, UT
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Mountain Biked it from Springdale

I was staying in Springdale and wanted to ride Gooseberry Mesa so I rode from from Springdale up... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
Escapefromthejungle
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Toronto, Canada
4x4 Fun side trip

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

Reviewed 8 June 2017
Thomas G
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Helena
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“rough road” (3 reviews)
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Rockville to Apple Valley, Rockville, UT
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Reviewed 15 April 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

Thank Escapefromthejungle
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Reviewed 8 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
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Reviewed 2 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

1  Thank dljackson2015
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Reviewed 14 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
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Reviewed 23 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
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Reviewed 24 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
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Reviewed 21 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
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Reviewed 21 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
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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
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Reviewed 10 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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travel201120001
25 May 2017|
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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.
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