Sliplock Gulch

This extremely fun trail features a series of steep slicklock waterfalls with plenty of challenges.  The trail has three sections.

The first section is the scenic rim road from the dunes to the bottom of the gulch. It has a couple of steep waterfalls that will build your confidence on the slickrock.  

The trail enters the second section after crossing into the bottom of the gulch.  After entering the gulch, you will come to a series of tight climbs.  The second one is Horseshoe Falls.  Take the bypass if you want to keep your sheet metal straight. After completing the rest of the climbs in that gulch, the trail exits the gulch and takes the road back down the west side, until turning west and travelling past the start of John's Trail.  There is a steep sand drop into a wide slickrock gulch that begins the third section.

The third section starts with a couple of tough ledges.  Bypasses are commonly used on them.  Towards the end of this section, there is an optional area with a couple of climbs and a tight slot before a wide V-notch. Careful driving is needed to avoid body damage.

This challenging trail is a lot of fun.  Be careful, and take the bypasses when you are not confident about an obstacle.


Nice high desert scenery, with some views of Sand Hollow Reservoir and Zion Park.


Sandy Roads for the first part, then steep slickrock waterfalls, then rocky gulches with steep waterfalls and ledges.

Trail Details

There are many 7- and 8-rated optional obstacles on this trail.  The most noted is the Horseshoe Falls in the second section.  It has been known to have tip overs and breaks regularly.  If you attempt it, you should probably have a strap with a few big guys on it to keep the front end down.  Body and driveline damage is likely.  At the end of the trail, there are several options, including a tight chute, steep waterfall, and a wide V-notch, that have all caused damage.  


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Trail Notes

Length: 3.2 miles
Min Tire Size: 33+ inches
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: Yes

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