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Paria Canyon: Steamboat Rock

Sometimes thought of as a taboo area because of the proximity to North and South Coyote Buttes Special Permit Areas, the region east of these pristine zones is accessible without need of special permits. Nonetheless, because of unrestricted access, these areas need to be respected as if they are being monitored and preserved in the same way. Steamboat Rock is another of the special gems that dot this amazing region.

Steamboat Rock - Paria Canyon

There are several ways to access Steamboat Rock; one of these accesses is from the south as if entering South Coyote Buttes Cottonwood Teepees. Steamboat Rock lies in Utah and the easiest access is made from Arizona through deep and sandy roads in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. The drive will end just a short distance south of Steamboat Rock, leaving an easy .75 mile hike, on mostly level terrain, to arrive at the southern base of Steamboat. It is a 3.5 mile hike to circumnavigate the entire butte. The southwestern end of Steamboat Rock is mostly weathered sandstone domes of low elevation with several interesting formations. Walking along the northwestern flank crosses several washes with Buckskin Gulch winding its way through the desert just below. Once at the northeastern tip, views of the Paria Plateau unfold in the east. In the distance, to the south, White Pocket is clearly visible. Walking back along the southeast base of Steamboat Rock, small coves of fragile fins and crossbedded formations lead to some fine hoodoos. By keeping a keen eye, one will also see a small window in the rock high up before arriving once again near the southwestern end.

Steamboat Rock at a Glance
Photo Album:
Steamboat Rock Photos
Topo Map:
Steamboat Rock Map
Day Hike:
Yes
Distance: 5.2 miles round-trip.
Average Hiking Time: 4 hours.
Equipment: Sticky Rubber Hiking Shoes, 3 quarts of water per person, sun protective clothing, Map and compass (GPS optional).
Difficulty:
Moderate.
Permits: Not required.
Trailhead: Off Highway 89 Between Page, Az. And Kanab, Ut. South Coyote Buttes Area, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Paria Plateau
Trailend: Same as trailhead.
Trail Access: Year-round but if the road is wet or there is melting snow it could be impassable. A 4WD is required.
Off the Beaten Path: Yes
Best Season: This is year-round as long as the road is drivable. Summer months could be dangerously hot.
Elevation: + 300' - 300'

Directions to Steamboat Rock - From Kanab, drive 40 miles east on Highway 89. The turn onto House Rock Valley Road is located on the south side of the road (right side driving from Kanab). It is located between mile markers 25 and 26, before a sweeping left hand curve in the road, prior to a guard rail protecting the curve. Slow down and turn right just before the guard rail. This north-south running road is House Rock Valley Road. The road soon becomes dirt and may be impassible if wet. Continue past the Wire Pass Trailhead (8.5 miles from Highway 89) to the Utah - Arizona state line (10 miles from Highway 89). This is the border of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah and the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Keep driving south for another 6.5 miles past the Stateline Campground and look for the dirt road that turns left and to Lone Tree Reservoir. Turn left at Lone Tree Reservoir and follow the main, sandy 4WD road to the east for 2.4 miles to the Paw Hole Trailhead. Beyond Paw Hole the road becomes even deeper sand and may require tire deflation to prevent becoming stuck. There will be a gate at .7 mile, and a second gate at .9 mile after passing Paw Hole. Close the gates after passing through them.

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There is no formal trail established, but it will soon be evident that wandering and exploring is the main fare. There is much to see, but be sure to walk lightly and avoid the fragile rock fins so that others may enjoy natures wonders too.

Directions to Coyote Buttes Wilderness Area

Southern Utah Map

Paria Canyon Directions
From Mount Carmel Junction, drive 17 miles to Kanab. Leave Kanab, drive 40 miles east on US Highway 89. The turn-off is located on the south (right side coming from Kanab) side of the road. Its between mile markers 25 and 26, at a curve in the road, at the end of a guard rail. Turn at the unmarked dirt road. This is House Rock Road. Follow the road to your preferred trailhead. Directions to the Wave

 
Steamboat Rock - Paria Canyon

Steamboat Rock

 

Lodging Zion National Park
Lodging Zion National ParkLodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.

 

GPS Coordinates WGS84 Datum

House Rock Valley Road and
Lone Tree Reservoir Intersection
36°54.876 N
112°03.079 W

Paw Hole Trailhead and
Parking (South Coyote
Buttes Permit Area)
36°55.394 N
112°01.080 W

Gate 1
36°55.501 N
112°00.369 W

Gate 2
36°55.613 N
112°00.197 W

Intersection to
Cottonwood Spring (SCB) from
Poverty Flat Road, Turn Left:
36°55.631 N
111°58.183 W

gps coordinatesBoundary Fence at SCB.
Turn Right At Road Just Inside Boundary Fence:
36°56.895 N
111°58.487 W

Park Vehicle and Begin Hike:
36°59.514 N
111°56.959 W

Southwest End Of Steamboat Rock:
37°00.089 N
111°57.219 W

Northeast End Of Steamboat Rock:
37°01.089 N
111°56.502 W

Window in Steamboat Rock:
37°00.156 N
111°57.153 W

Stateline Campground - between Arizona and Utah
It's 10-miles to the Stateline Campground from US Highway 89. There are only 4 spots, so if you want to camp get a spot early. It's first come first use. Two of the camp sights are in Utah and two are in Arizona. There is no water, but there are vault toilets.

Coyote Buttes Special Permit Offices
Arizona Strip Field Office: 345 East Riverside Drive St. George, Utah 84790 435.688.3200
Kanab Office: 318 N 100 E Kanab, Utah 84741 435.644.4600.
Paria Contact Station: Located south of US Highway 89 between mile post 21 and 22,
between Kanab and Page, Arizona.

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