Poverty Gulch Virgin River Overlook

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This trail is a side spur off the Poverty Wash Road that descends to an overlook of the East Fork of the Virgin River near the Barracks slot canyon. Unfortunately, the legal status of this road is disputed as the state claims it as an RS-2477 road, but the BLM does not recognize that. Only the top portion of the road on state land is currently legal to drive. The lower part of the road on BLM land is not shown on the current Kanab Field Office travel map. It is within the Parunweap Canyon Wilderness Study Area, so it is technically closed to vehicles even though it is not signed as such and is regularly driven. The overlook at the end can only legally be reached by parking at the state land boundary and hiking the rest of the way.

The GPS track shown here only includes the legal portion of the road on state land, though the photos show beyond that. The legal upper portion of the road is sandy and moderate, while the final descent to the bottom of the canyon is rocky and difficult. The views of the Barracks area are spectacular.

There is no camping available along this trail. While the flat area near the junction with the main Poverty Wash Road is suitable for camping, it is technically prohibited thereby SITLA, even though there are no signs.