State Coordinator
Bob Palin
P.O. Box 87
Teasdale, UT 84773

General Overview of Trail
Utah, the Beehive State, is a land of stark contrasts, and those following the route of the Discovery Trail will get to experience much of this variety. The eastern part is in red rock country on the Kokopelli Mountain Bike Trail along the Colorado River and through Canyonlands National Park. South of Canyonlands you ascend into the high forests of Manti-La Sal National Forest, a relief from the arid desert, before descending again to the Colorado River and crossing its only bridge in southern Utah at Hite. Next come the magnificent Henry Mountains with incredible views from the top over surrounding states followed by Capitol Reef National Park. Climbing a narrow canyon out of Capitol Reef the American Discovery Trail traverses the heavily forested high mountains of the Dixie and Fishlake National Forests. The far western part beyond Milford brings the American Discovery Trail traveler to very dry desert conditions that require careful planning for a safe journey.

Detailed Trail Description
The trail consists of six segments totaling 593 miles, and includes rural, remote, and rugged terrain.
Colorado State Line to Moab (Kokopelli’s Trail)— 113 miles
Moab to Hite (Colorado River) — 174 miles
Hite to Boulder (Henry Mountains) — 89 miles
Boulder to Circleville — 74 miles
Circleville to Beaver — 28 miles
Beaver to Nevada State Line — 115 miles

For more details on the route, click here.

The most up-to-date, detailed trail directions are published in the ADT Data Books.

Affiliated Trails

  • Kokopelli Mountain Bike Trail
  • Great Western Trail
  • Paiute ATV Trail
  • Oak Creek Trail
  • Lockhart Basin Trail
  • Hurrah Pass Trail


  • Dixie National Forest
  • Fishlake National Forest
  • Manti-LaSal National Forest


  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Arches National Park

Points of Interest

  • Colorado River
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Henry Mountains
  • Escalante Desert
  • Mineral Mountains
  • Ferguson Desert
  • Crystal Peak

Adjoining Trail States:  NevadaColorado

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