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Johnson Canyon

Geological Attractions

Visitors looking for traces of the Old West spirit in southwestern Utah will enjoy a backcountry drive through scenic Johnson Canyon. The road through the canyon offers breathtaking, changing scenery as you drive past the Vermillion, White, and Pink Cliffs of the Grand Staircase region. Johnson Canyon Road is paved for eighteen miles and then becomes dirt and gravel as it continues through Skutumpah Terrace toward Bull Valley Gorge. Unparalleled views of the White Cliffs can be seen from the north end of the paved road. Adventurous mountain bikers will enjoy riding through this section of the canyon. Another highlight along the way is the old Gunsmoke film set, located about five miles from the US89 turnoff. The set is on private property but can be viewed from the road. Johnson Canyon/Skutumpah Road can be reached from Glendale by heading east on Glendale Bench Road, or from Kanab via US89.


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