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Red Rock Canyon Trail

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Alt Names

Rainbow Mountain, Rainbow Ridge, Miller Creek, Canwell Glacier, Richardson Highway, Eel Glacier, Delta River

Last Known StatusOpen

Located off the Richardson Highway near Paxson, Alaska, this old mining road winds through a mix of state, federal and private lands. Most of the trail consists of hardpacked gravel with scattered sharp rocks with light to moderate elevation changes. The trail offers some nice mountain views and winds through some narrow canyons.

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Nearest CityPaxson, AK
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From: Fairbanks, AK
1) Take SR-2 south about 95 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto SR-4/Richardson Hwy, continue 52 miles
3) Look for a gravel road on the left (east) about .4 miles past mile post 214. Trail starts here.

**Note: If coming from the south the trailhead is located about .6 miles past mile post 213 on the right (east).


LandBLM, Private, State Mining Claims


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit Required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.


Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)


Contact InfoBLM - Glennallen Field Office
P.O. Box 147
Glennallen, AK 99588
(907) 822-3217
Contact InfoAlaska Department of Fish And Game
P.O. Box 605
Delta Junction, AK 99737-0605
(907) 895-4632


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Red Rock Canyon Trail

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Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2500 to 4500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little



First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (N)Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (907) 452-8181
Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (S)Meier's Lake Roadhouse  (907) 822-3151
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (S)Meier's Lake Roadhouse  (907) 822-3151
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (S)Meier's Lake Roadhouse  (907) 822-3151
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (S)Meier's Lake Roadhouse  (907) 822-3151
RV Dump Station RV DisposalPaxson, AK
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (S)Paxson Lake Campground (907) 822-3217
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (S)Meier's Lake Roadhouse  (907) 822-3151
Swimming Swim AreaPaxson, AK
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (S)Paxson Lake Boat Ramp (907) 822-3217
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