East Fork of the Sevier River Scenic Backway (Forest Service Road 087)

3.8/5 (7 reviews)
Bryce Canyon City, Utah (Garfield County)
Last Updated: 07/01/2020

Trail Information


Situated near Bryce Canyon City, the East Fork of the Sevier River Scenic Backway stretches south for 17 miles along the edge of Bryce Canyon National Park before arriving at Tropic Reservoir, a great place on hot days that offers trout fishing, a boat ramp, picnicking, and camping. In addition, the road connects you to several other four-wheel drive roads and possible routes. A great place for horseback riding, snowmobiling, ATV/UTV activities, and plenty of Ponderosa Pine and Aspen viewing. This area lets you witness the off the beaten path hoodoos and pinkish colored rocks that Bryce Canyon National Park is known for.

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Trail Reviews

3.8/5 (7)
Visited: 03/17/2023

Tried this 3/17 and couldn’t even reach the Ranger station due to snow and it was being plowed, so perhaps another day…
Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful views and lots of spurs you can take to add some fun to the journey. Unfortunately, the road was closed (locked gate) just past dispersed campsite 1. Lots of mud and some snow here. We ended up heading toward Whiteman Bench to check that area out, but about 2.5 miles in the snow was about a foot or more deep and the mud was pretty bad. Ended up turning around. Tropic Reservoir was iced over still. Still a nice drive and fun if you’re into mud.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/06/2020

This trail is nothing fancy. Lots of cows. Good scenery. The view and hikes at the end of the trail are great There are a ton of forest roads around here that lead to great locations
Official Crew
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/01/2020

We ran this road prior to visiting Bryce. The real appeal to this road is getting to the others in the area. I tried the spring water this time, it was really pretty good and I would recommend it!
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 03/16/2019

Currently not opened. Looked pretty snowed in with "Road Closed" signs at the start of the FSR right off of 12.

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