Gunlock Bypass

Santa Clara, Utah (Washington County)

Last Updated: 05/06/2021
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.58 miles
Highest Elevation: 3795 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Santa Clara
Nearest Town w/ Services: Santa Clara
Official Road Name: Gunlock Bypass
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: St. George Field Office


Highlight: Gunlock Bypass
Located outside the small town of Gunlock, Utah, is the scenic and secluded Gunlock State Park and Reservoir. The reservoir is surrounded by large red sandstone rocks and inviting red sandy beaches. Gunlock Bypass trail is a mildly challenging route that travels 3.5 miles through the area outside the State Park Boundary. The trail travels across and along a crystal clear creek that's shaded by countless Cottonwood trees. The trail has a few challenges for stock-type 4x4 vehicles. There is some mild rock crawling and a steep sandy hill to climb. The trail has some of the best FREE campsites in the area; some are along or near the creek that flows year-round. The trail connects with the scenic Gunlock Reservoir trail, where you can gain access to the lakeshore and additional camping.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is found across from the new pumping station along Gunlock Road. There is limited area for parking trailers along the roadway.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: St. George, Utah - I-15 and Dixie Drive

Head west on Dixie Drive for 2.7 miles. Continue straight onto S Dixie Dr. 1.9 miles. Turn left onto W. Sunset Blvd. travel 2.8 miles. Continue onto Old US Hwy 91 for 1.2 miles. Continue onto W. Old Hwy 91 for an additional 5.7 miles. Slight right onto Gunlock Dr. and continue 3.2 miles until the trailhead is on your left. The trailhead is before a sweeping corner, along the barbwire fence. Right up ahead, there is a large open area for staging.



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR.
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