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JK southwest heads to Utah to explore the Smithsonian Butte in the Jeep!

The Smithsonian Butte Backcountry Byway is only 9 miles long but figure on taking an hour to drive it as it is a narrow and windy route.

The Backcountry Byway is just south of Zion National Park, running between the towns of Rockville and Big Plain Junction. This area is composed of the same landforms that make up the wonders of Zion, they just see a lot less people. A side road just out of Rockville leads to the historical ghost town at Grafton, a site often used by the Hollywood types as a frontier movie set. John Wesley Powell traveled through this area in the late 1800’s. It was he who named Smithsonian Butte, primarily because of its impressive stature and coloring.

The route crosses the Virgin River just outside of Rockville and then crosses Horse Valley Wash before starting to wind its way up the hill above the valley. Then as you cross Wire Mesa, you’ll come to the road junction that leads north to Grafton. Staying on the Byway, you’ll soon be working your way around the foot of Smithsonian Butte before descending onto Big Plain and making the straight run to Big Plain Junction. Along the route you’ll be catching some excellent views of Zion Canyon, the Vermilion Cliffs and Canaan Mountain Wilderness.

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9 replies
  1. Utah Wandering
    Utah Wandering says:

    Nice video. I've only taken this trail going down. Someday I'll go in reverse. The signs make this sound like a crazy trail, but it's not bad at all. I love your aerial footage of the area…looks awesome! Did you go to the Grafton Ghost Town? The cemetery has some interesting information of the people who lived there.


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