Explore the Factory Butte Badlands

Factory Butte

Factory Butte and the surrounding Caineville Badlands offer a unique, uncrowded playground for adventure. While all the tourists are visiting the near-by National Parks of Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches, this area is virtually people free.

Coming from Hanksville, UT on scenic route Highway 24 headed toward Capitol Reef National Park, you'll see Factory Butte in the distance. Take the Coal Mine Road - a dirt, although very *drive-able road. even for a passenger car, out towards the Butte to get the full experience. Here, you are free to roam and enjoy the incredible rock, mud and clay formations. On special years in the Spring, this desert badlands bursts to life with an incredible showing of wildflowers.

Note about the road - while a great dirt road, it is highly advised not to drive while wet as it will be impassible, even to the most rugged 4x4. Also, there will be little to no cell phone service in this remote part of Utah - make plans accordingly. Best advice is to call the Hanksville BLM office for up-to-date conditions.

Pack List

  • Water and food - there are no services
  • Camping equipment
  • Camera gear
  • Hiking gear
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography
Skill Level Advanced
Season Year Round
Easy Parking


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Utah's Middle Desert

What a beautiful and wild area to explore! There is a county road on both sides of Factory Butte. The road that approaches Factory Butte on the east side (entrance is closer to Hanksville) is more accessible to normal vehicles. The road on the west side of Factory Butte is strictly a high clearance 4x4 route. After passing Factory Butte as you head north, the road drops down into a badlands valley and this is definitely a 4x4 vehicle route that should only be done when there is no chance of rain.


Such an incredible and exotic area! I came away with some really great shots just from driving around the area and really had no idea what the place was called until I found this adventure write-up haha!

Unique Formation

If the light is great it's worth checking this out. The butte is massive and makes a great foreground for night shots too.

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