Taylor Canyon Overlook

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D116 is a 1.6-mile dead-end spur road off Mineral Bottom, ending at an incredible overlook of Taylor Canyon and the Canyonlands National Park. The trail passes a cattle grazing area and travels across several dry desert washes. The terrain is a mix of sand and rock, extremely rough and bumpy, with one 10"-12" slickrock ledge you will need to contend with. As you get closer to the trail's end, the sand becomes more widespread and becomes substantially softer and deeper. The cliffside ending is highly scenic, with epic views of Buck Mesa, the Colorado River, Taylor Canyon, and the Taylor Canyon Road. The road has two campsites on the plateau along the drive, with an additional 3-4 campsites near the rim edge, depending on how close you want to squeeze to your neighbor. The campsites are best for vehicle camping, rooftop tents, ground tents, and small offroad trails. Large tents will have a hard time finding usable space.

The rough and rocky terrain makes using a high clearance, 4WD vehicle prudent.