Located a short distance east of the tunnel, just before the east fenceline, Arrowhead Canyon is a technical, tight sandstone canyon ready to wage war on body panels and weak driveline components. Drivers can expect to encounter massive v-notches spanning 4 feet wide, multi-step 6-foot waterfall climbs, a 10-foot sheer wall, and endless side challenges that will push the limits of any rig.
This trail starts up a soft sandy wash from Lakeside for a short distance until you reach the first slickrock slab with a steel sign marking the official trail start. This slabbed waterfall is in no way a representation of what you will eventually encounter along the trail. Continue along the sandy slickrock wash as the canyon constricts, eventually leading to a gatekeeper v-notch scarred with countless engravings from prior vehicles that fell victim to the trail's true difficulty. Arrowhead then continues up the canyon, offering numerous side challenges through a trail known as Side Chick, a level 12-rated trail. Several more waterfalls and v-notches await as you continue traveling southwest to the end, where you will intersect with Papa Smurf and make a hard right turn up a steep, chunky, slickrock slab to exit the canyon.
This trail should only be attempted by experienced drivers in purpose-built rock-crawling rigs. Body damage and mechanical failure are highly likely, and recovery attempts will be challenging.
About Sand Mountain
Sand Mountain is an extremely unique parcel of public land. Designated as an Open OHV Area, riders are free to make their own trails. Due to this, many of the long-established named trail routes have several variations that can take easier or more challenging routes through the intended trail. The GPX track for this trail helps you navigate the area, but various lines, bypasses, and additional obstacles may exist along the way. Riders are encouraged to stay on existing trails and not unnecessarily drive over or destroy vegetation.
Riding on Sand Mountain is entirely free. However, there are multiple entry/exit points for the area, including "the tunnel," which connects Sand Hollow State Park to the open OHV area. Any entry into the boundaries of Sand Hollow State Park requires a Utah State Park Pass.
When operating on Sand Mountain, users must attach an orange or red safety flag to the vehicle, rising at least 8 feet off the ground.
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