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Well worth the 3.5-mile drive up a gravel road, the Big John Flat area is a favorite recreational spot with its large meadows and spectacular scenery. Peaceful, dispersed camping spots are nestled in the trees all around the meadow. It’s also a great place to see the highest peak in the area, Mt. Delano. This area is open to ATV use on designated roads and trails, but you’ll also find routes just for hiking, mountain biking, and other non-motorized transportation.
It’s one of the area’s most scenic destinations, yet rarely crowded. Surrounding the large meadow you will find groves of aspen, spruce, and fir trees, in addition to wildflowers, a trip up in July will be rewarded with waves of larkspur and lupine. If you are lucky, the mountain goats will be grazing nearby, bring your camera just in case! In the winter, it’s a popular spot for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
You can access the Skyline National Recreation Trail here, as well as the Paiute 01 ATV Trail, for those who enjoy off-road motoring.
To access Big John Flat, take State Route 153 from Beaver, Utah, also known as the Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway, for 16 miles before the turnoff. The trailhead is four miles further on road #123.