The Barracks Trail

Orderville, Utah (Kane County)

Last Updated: 09/05/2020
5 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Highlight: The Barracks Trail
Southern Utah holds some of the most iconic scenery in the entire state. The red cliffs spotted with deep green juniper trees seem to just roll on forever. Just outside of Zion National Park lies this gem of an offroad trail that gives you incredible viewpoints of such scenery. As you begin this trail, you wind your way through the canyon carved by the East Fork of the Virgin River, crossing it nearly half a dozen times. Many people believe that this is the highlight of the trail. While it is fun, this is only the beginning. After you ascend from the canyon onto the plateau above, you really get to see the sights that The Barracks Trail has to offer. Changing scenery is accompanied by different vantage points to view the southern valley that borders the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, while to the northwest you can get a glimpse of Zion. This 4wd road is not for the faint of heart through, as you have to climb steep sandy hills to complete this 23-mile-long trek. Luckily, this trail is easily accessible off of Highway 89 from both ends and can be enjoyed by all; even if you decide to avoid the hill and turn back the way you came in. If you are passing through on your way to Kanab or just looking for a new trail to explore, make sure this one is on your list!


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead begins just off of Highway 89 south of Mount Carmel Junction. On the east side of Highway 89, there is a large parking area if you need room to park a trailer. The trail begins on the west side.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Mount Caramel Junction

Head south on Highway 89 for one half of a mile. The trailhead will be on your right (west) just before the big hill.



Trail Reviews (17)

Questions & Answers (7)

Q: We are looking to drive this trail this weekend but do not want to climb the hill (gonna be fully loaded with 4 little ones in the truck). Do you have the coordinates of the south entrance to the trail? I cannot find where it connects to 89. Thanks!
–Rob Gurden (05/07/2020)
–TJ Bosworth (05/08/2020)
Q: What is the best source for inquiring about the flow and volume of the east Fork of the Virgin River along this route. I want to run this trail the first weekend of April if the water levels aren't to high and fast.
–Peter Adams (04/01/2019)
–TJ Bosworth (04/04/2019)
–Peter Adams (04/02/2019)
–Peter Adams (04/02/2019)
–TJ Bosworth (04/01/2019)
–David (04/01/2019)
Q: Regarding the Barracks Trail near Mount Carmel Junction, Utah, is your estimate of over 5hrs a Round Trip estimate?
–Peter Adams (04/01/2019)
–TJ Bosworth (04/01/2019)
Q: We will be attempting this trail alone so it is best if we start at County Road 43. Do you have the GPS coordinates for the trail head from 43?
–Celia Storm (01/03/2019)
–TJ Bosworth (01/04/2019)
Q: Thank you Mr. Bosworth I really enjoy the outdoors and seeing everyone's adventures!
–tyrone tillman (05/24/2018)
–TJ Bosworth (05/26/2018)
Q: I'm running this trip in 2/weeks. I have the gpx but haven't ever done this. Our vehicles are more than capable for this trail. Would it be better to start the trail from hwy 43 side or start the trail from hwy 89 side just outside of town of Mt. carmel?
–tyrone tillman (05/18/2018)
–TJ Bosworth (05/19/2018)
Q: I'm planning to take my 4th Gen Ram Power Wagon on 37s, besides some pin striping, any reason it wouldn't fit?
–EasyDoesIt18 (03/26/2018)
–Ray Downs (11/05/2021)
–TJ Bosworth (04/01/2018)
–Sierra Santage (04/01/2018)

Writer Information

TJ Bosworth

Mapping Crew - Utah

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he's only been off-roading since he was 16 but fell in love immediately. He attended college in Denver for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management and wheeled in Colorado for 4 years, but ended up moving back home to Salt Lake City. He currently works in an off-road shop and spends his free time doing anything he can to stay busy, which is usually working on his jeep or playing music. Outside of off-roading, he is an avid whitewater rafter and outdoor cook. Camping at least every other weekend in any season is a normal year. The further from civilization, the better. Bring on the memories!
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