White House

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White House Road packs a lot into its 2.5 miles.  To start, there's the BLM's Paria Contact Station at the trailhead.  Operated by the BLM, the station has maps, information about the area, restrooms, trash receptacles, and water. There's also informational signage and a huge staging area.

The easy road is graded dirt with two minor wash crossings. It's bordered on the west by the Paria River and on the east by multi-hued sandstone bluffs.

The short track ends at trailhead parking for one of the more treacherous hikes in the region and a campground with seven vehicle campsites and five walk-in tent-only sites.  Most of the vehicle sites have a tent pad.  All have picnic tables and fire rings. There's also a vault toilet.  The campground is suitable for vehicles and smaller trailers.  Large rigs won't fit in the campsites.

There's only one dispersed campsite along the trail, which is very nice.  A small spur just before the second wash crossing leads to a lollipop turnaround on the banks of the Paria shaded by three cottonwood trees.  The site is sandy and relatively level and could support up to three rigs.

There are several pullouts before and after the second wash crossing.  A hike east up the wash leads to the Nautilus, a fanciful geologic feature set in a mounded white sandstone outcrop. You'll know it when you see it and quickly understand the name.  The hike is less than a mile round trip.