Sams Mesa Trail | Capitol Reef Country

Sam’s Mesa Trail

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The Roost Rd. is a B Class road that will take you to the staging point on the Sam’s Mesa Rd.


Depending on the road conditions you can drive a truck to staging area. After that point it is recommended that only ATV’s and experienced OHV riders do the trail.


The distance from the Roost Rd. staging area to the Mesa Towers Overlook is 15 miles.


For an ATV this trail is EASY. For OHV’s it is MODERATE with some difficult parts.


The whole area is BLM land. The trail is sandy with some rocky spots.


This trail is designated for ATV, and experienced Jeep riders.


Check the weather conditions, but this trail is pretty good in all weather that you would want to be out in.


Make sure that you only go out there in anything but an ATV if you are experienced. This way you will continue to be safe on the trails.


Be careful where you ride because there is some wilderness study areas out there. The areas are well marked, so pay attention to the signs.

Name (Click name below to view map) GPS Latitiude Longitude
Roost Rd/Sams Mesa Rd Junction N 38d15’58” W 110d16’06” 38.266111 -110.2683
Sams Mesa Staging Area N 38d11’27” W 110d19’23” 38.190833 -110.323056
Happy Canyon Overlook N 38d09’55” W 110d20’42” 38.165278 -110.345
Mesa Towers Overlook N 38d10’19” W 110d25’21” 38.171944 -110.4225
Sams Mesa Canyon Overlook N 38d11’41” W 110d23’15” 38.194722 -110.3875
North Mesa Overlook N 38d12’03” W 110d23’11” 38.200833 -110.386389
Sams Mesa Drill Site N 38d11’48” W 110d21’58” 38.196667 -110.366111
Take in the views

Take in the views

Get up close and personal with the historic old west. You can walk where old cowboys walked and see what they saw. Its now wonder infamous outlaws such as Butch Cassidy made areas like this their hide outs. Not only would a cabin be difficult to find, but also the views are incredible.

Get a closer look

There are 2 pinnacles of rock on the Mesa where the road will cut right through them. From the mesa the Dirty Devil river is in a canyon just the west. The Panorama Point inside the Glen Canyon Recreation Area looking opens up to an incredible view and place to explore.
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Do it at your own pace

Do it at your own pace
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