Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, UT

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When driving from Kanab, UT towards the House Rock Valley Road, Delorme Topo always suggested to take a shortcut via Five Mile Mountain Road. In 2008 we thought, we will give it a try. Five Mile Mountain Road is an easy gravel road, which starts from US89 and connects to HRVR.

The map at the bottom of the page shows the trail, we were driving and the Delorme Topo version.

The trail starts very easy on a higher plateau:

Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, AZ

Soon one is slightly coming towards House Rock Valley Road. In the background wellknown structures can be seen:

Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, AZ

Here a view towards the Coyote Buttes region:

Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, AZ

And here towards Jack Riggs Bench/Paria Rimrocks:

Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, AZ
Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, AZ

Now the trail slowly climbs down……

Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, AZ

….before it is going much steeper towards House Rock Valley Road:

Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, AZ
When seeing this sign post, you reached House Rock Valley Road:
Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau, AZ

Overall this is a soft route, which could be driven without using 4WD. From the top one can have great views to the surrounding regions.

For a better orientation, one can download a gpx file of this trip:

Tracklog: Five Mile Mountain Road, Paria Plateau (71 downloads)

And here is an overview of the area, we visited:

Christian

Christian

Hi, my name is Christian. Since years, my wife and me are spending our vacation in the southwest of the USA. At the beginning, we had been visiting a lot of national parks, but after some time, we started to explore also areas off pavement. We started with the Coyote Buttes South region and White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs NM. Over years, we explored almost the complete Vermilion Cliffs NM and visited also a lot of other areas in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. Especially the Moab area and the San Rafael Swell are our favorites. But also the Rubicon trail in the High Sierras was very impressing. In 2015, we had been the first time in the Kingman, AZ area. There are a lot of outstanding 4WD trails, like Sleeping Princess or Moss Wash. This type of trails has a high difficulty rating and one should have the right vehicle and good driving skills to tackle this type of trails. As I did not find any good source of information about the trails, we planned to drive at the beginning of our ‘offroad adventures’, I started to create this website. I hope, that it has some use for visitors and gives some kind of information and also inspiration.

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