The Harts Draw Road loop begins at the intersection of U.S. 191 and 200 South Street in Monticello and travels west into the Abajo Mountains. As the road climbs, the Gambel oak give way to forests of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, aspen, and spruce. Stunning views of the surrounding canyonlands are available at nearly every turn. The road passes the entrance to both Dalton Springs and Buckboard US Forest Service campground and Foy Lake, with good fishing, dispersed camping, and trailhead access. It eventually joins Highway 211 which continues past Newspaper Rock BLM Recreation Area and ends at the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Evening rides on Harts Draw Road often result in Mule Deer and wild turkey sightings.
Length of Byway or Route42 miles
At the junction of US Highway 191 and 200 South Street in Monticello turn west and follow the street through an 'S' turn at the High School. Continue on this Forest Road as it climbs into the Abajo Mountains. Campgrounds and lakes are signed. At the end of the road you may turn left and follow Utah Highway 211 to Newspaper Rock and Canyonlands National Park - Needles District. Turning right at the end of Harts Draw Road will lead to US Highway 191 where another right turn will take you back to Monticello.
Highlights and Key Points Along the Route
Buckboard & Dalton Springs USFS Campgrounds
Canyonlands National Park Overlook - signed. View pipes are installed to identify geologic formations.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The overlook is unofficially accessible for those who will attempt a gravel parking area.
Pet Friendly Notes
The mountains are wild and pets should be leashed or maintained under strict control. If traveling with pets, it is suggested that owners clean up after them to ensure a positive experience for those following.