Saturday, August 3, 2019

Harts Draw Road Travel Guide.

Harts Draw Road Loop

The Harts Draw Road loop begins at the intersection of Hwy 191 and West 200 South Street in Monticello, travels west up into the Abajo Mountains, and is the only paved road through the mountains  . As the road climbs, plant life includes forests of Gambel oak, Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, aspen, spruce and wildflowers of many varieties. Wildlife sightings are usually of mule deer, wild turkeys, squirrels and grazing cattle.  Stunning views of the surrounding Canyonlands are available at nearly every turn.

·         Location is .3 miles south of Monticello's traffic light (Main and Center Streets), along Hwy 191; turn right onto West 200 South & follow curve onto Abajo Drive (total of 7/10s of a mile to start of paved road up the mountain).  County Rd. 101/North Creek Rd. is 10 miles upward with a turn downward onto Harts Draw Rd., leading 10 miles to Hwy 211.  

Created in 2014 by me to help navigate the City of Monticello, when
trying to find the street to the mountain road.  A few focus points are noted, like the local grocery,
library and park.
·         Loyd’s Lake is 1 mile west up CR 101, one (1) mile south on CR 102; 2.5 mile hiking trail around lake, picnic/barbecue areas, vault toilets, no camping allowed.

·         Monticello Lake is 7 miles west up CR 101, offers vault toilets, dispersed camping.

·         Foy Lake is off a short trail west of the merge of CR 101 & Harts Draw Rd., vault toilets, dispersed camping.

·         Two (2) National Forest Campgrounds: Dalton Springs at 4.5 miles & Buckboard at 5.5 miles up CR 101.

·         Pets – must be leashed at all times, owners are expected to pick up after their pet(s).

·         Website:  (type manti la-sal in Search box) US Forest Service Ranger District Office is located at 432 East Center Street (Hwy 491), Monticello

·         Phone: (435) 587-2041

This is a beautifully scenic and serene drive through the Abajo Mountains.

Mary Cokenour


  1. Glad to see you are still doing your thing Mary. When we visited a couple years ago we traveled this route and was blown away by the abrupt change in scenery in just a few short miles out from Monticello. My wife ran the Pioneer Days 5k around Lloyd's Lake in the morning, then we went exploring. This route was our hidden gem find for the day!

    1. Thank you so much for enjoying adventures here in the Monticello area, and for reading this blog. I will not be working for anyone, any longer, in the tourism information trade. However, doesn't mean I won't keep writing about it for my own pleasure, and to bring pleasure to others visiting.