Cliffs-Connector Trail

Bureau of Land Management, Utah.

The Cliffs-Connector Trail is a semi-maintained route linking the more established Squaw and Tom’s Canyon Trails to the north of Kanab, UT. The trail includes a steep, rugged climb and requires scrambling and route-finding skills.

The 1.3-mile Cliffs portion of the trail climbs 800 feet from Tom’s Canyon Trail to the top of the Vermilion Cliffs. From there, the 1.2-mile Connector portion of the trail cuts across the mesa top to combine with an OHV track (BLMHC2) before tying in with Squaw Trail, which leads back down the cliffs.

The Cliffs-Connector Trail is open to foot traffic only; bicycles and motorized vehicles are only allowed on the trail segment that follows the OHV track (BLMHC2). Dogs are welcome, but their waste must be packed out. This trail does not have a developed trailhead, and no amenities are available. For more information and detailed maps, visit the Kanab Visitor Center (BLM) in Kanab, UT.

The Cliffs-Connector Trail is primarily clay based. Due to the challenging terrain, use of the trail when it is wet or snow covered is discouraged.

Nearby Activities


The Cliffs-Connector Trail can be accessed from either the Tom’s Canyon or Squaw Trail.

To reach the Tom’s Canyon Trailhead, enter the La Estancia subdivision in Kanab, UT. Take the first right at the traffic circle onto Ladera Lane. After 0.1 mile, park in a pulloff on the right-hand side of the road, just as Ladera Lane makes a sharp left-hand turn. The Cliffs-Connector Trail meets the Tom’s Canyon Trail 0.3 miles from the trailhead.

The Squaw Trailhead is just north of Jacob Hamblin Park on N 100 East in Kanab, UT. The Cliffs-Connector meets the Squaw Trail at the top of the cliffs, 1.3 miles from the trailhead.