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This is such a cool slot canyon hike! Went at the very end of November and a lot of the creek was completely iced over. But if you’re slow and careful, you can still see a good bit of the slot canyons! The road to get there is pretty rough, but definitely do-able in AWD.

off road driving
12 days ago

Great scenery! Easy drive.

hiking
14 days ago

This is a must go place, forget about the wave that most of us probably won't get drawn anyway, white pocket is as good with no permit is required, you can go there any time. it's a long drive though, from 89 exiting point to white pocket, it's about 36 miles of off road drive, most of vehicles can make to the pine tree pocket ranch, the last 12 mile drive to white pocket is deep sand, which requires true 4x4 with high ground clearance.

Very beautiful views. Had to cross knee deep water and climb a muddy embankment to get to the trail.

off road driving
20 days ago

My family loved this way of getting to know Canyonlands NP. We did not have any trouble with our Subaru Outback. Really worth it, but I would be really hesitant to drive it if the weather is not forgiving

Started at the creek crossing in a Nissan Pathfinder 4 wd, but didn't need 4 wd. First half is rougher than the second half, which is pretty smooth and a fairly good clip can be maintained. Clear skies, and only saw one other vehicle (Subaru Wagon) on the back half. Roughest section is about a mile or two each direction from the Cathedral Valley Campground.

off road driving
23 days ago

Drove this in early November. I came in from the north along BLM route 920/1 from I-70 and camped on BLM land just east of Temple of The Sun. Vehicle was Jeep Grand Cherokee with 33" BFG KO2 and 2" lift.

Most of the route is pretty easy and could be complete with a stock GC with good tires. There were some stretches of the road that turned into 8" deep gravel mud trenches from melting snow coming off the mountains. The northern half of the loop coming in from Caineville wash was the easiest part. I saw a couple stock Subaru Outbacks in that area that seemed fine. The southern part of the loop from the Fremont river to the campground switchbacks was sprinkled with more challenging stuff.

There are numerous hiking trails along the way that allow you to explore mover of the South Desert and Cathedral Valley. Enough to help break up the drive and allow you to stretch your legs. If you are looking for more of a challenging drive there are a bunch of old mining/BLM routes along the way to push the limits of your vehicle.

off road driving
25 days ago

Beautiful views.

off road driving
30 days ago

We made this trip in an Arctic Cat Wildcat and were able to easily complete the trip in this vehicle. The journey was fun and had areas of sandstone, dirt road and sand dunes. This trip was a blast! This trail is highly recommended. Be aware the full trail takes a few hours by ATV and longer by truck or SUV, so it's recommended that you don't leave too late and find yourself in this destitute area after dark.

off road driving
30 days ago

We've driven this trail two times and it was great both times. This trail afforded many scenic views and photo opportunities. This is a great journey for returning to Moab from Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.

off road driving
1 month ago

Who is the jeep and start off our day on this trail I had a great time! Great views and easy 4 x 4 driving

Although this area doesn’t have a specific feature like the ‘Wave’ it just may be an overall higher scenic destination. The Butte formations are extensive and the area to explore would take days to see it all, if that is even possible. The area had a lot of weather the week we went and the water features reflecting the spires were amazing. We met a guide who was in the area with another couple and he said he hadn’t seen that amount of water in the area for a number of years. The water did make the roads in challenging to maneuver around. The other great thing about this area is that the lottery is held each day after the ‘Wave’ lottery but has a minimal amount of folks staying for it which gives those who stay a much greater chance of picking up a permit. I highly recommend hiking this area.

hiking
1 month ago

Had an amazing time exploring road was tough but we made it with 4X4.

This was a mostly level hike up a stream bed. There was only a small stream in October, but without waterproof hiking shoes, feet would still have been wet! Great, rewarding and relaxing hike; lots of slot canyons, two waterfalls, and wonderful fall foliage.

Tons of fun and amazing views! I had to wade through the river at the very beginning to get to the incline, and then the canyon itself was so beautiful.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great 42-mile out and back trail in Polaris Ranger Crew 570-4. No problems minus a couple bottom scrapes here and there ... nothing major. Rainy most of the day, but cleared up when we got to the end. Well worth the haul all the way, ending across the Colorado River from Thelma and Louise Point.

Didn't get to complete the trail due to high level of water, but the canyon was pretty. It was also pretty hot even when going early in the morning.

off road driving
2 months ago

Took this drive with my wife on 9/29/2018. This is a phenomenal drive. Low clearance vehicles should not attempt this. There were a couple places that would high-center a Subaru. Make sure you have ample clearance, water (it was 90 degrees), food and time. If you’re not camping start early. I would set aside at least 5 hrs for a scenic drive/pics. There were som places that were washed out and should not be attempted if you’re a newbie. A tow from the far end can easily run $1,000. Not a typo. Worth every minute. If you’re scared of heights don’t look down. Moab was booked solid but out here after Hurrah Pass you’ll be pretty alone except for an occasional side-by-side. No service. No water. No shade. Plenty memories.

First thing, Turn Left into creek from trail. We hiked about 1.5 miles each way, went through maybe 6 slot sections, easy hike with good reward. We were told no more slots so were ok going back at that point. 6 miles on dirt road rough but passable. Water level was prefect, small stream.

off road driving
2 months ago

Wow. Just wow.

off road driving
2 months ago

Very cool trail to start with when visiting Moab.

off road driving
2 months ago

Trail was very crowded around 2 pm in the afternoon. Starting out trail is very well marked and you know which way to go. Once you get to the bottom of the canyon there is not much signage and multiple off shoot trails which can be confusing. Most of these trails are for ATV/UTV. We had a 16 Jeep with 6 inch lift and 35 inch tires. Seen multiple people doing this in stock 4x4s and I wouldn’t see that being a issue.

hiking
2 months ago

Truly an amazing place to explore! A capable 4 wheel drive is needed to access this area.

on White Pocket

hiking
2 months ago

This place is amazing. It's a long drive in deep sand though but definitely worth it.

off road driving
2 months ago

We went to visit Canyonlands and stopped at the visitors center because I was interested in some off road trails. The ranger suggested this trail, I have a stock 2010 4Runner, I would recommend a high clearance vehicle even though I can only remember maybe 3-4 spots that required good tire placement to keep your vehicle from bottoming out. Even though all the over looks in the park where awesome, nothing matched up to driving this trail. Family friendly (will be bumpy), took about 2 hours but you’ll want to give yourself more because your going to be stopping a lot. I would consider this an off the grid type trail so be prepared for anything.

off road driving
2 months ago

If you really want to see Canyonlands and have a high clearance vehicle I definitely recommend this trail. Went with my girlfriend in my pro4x frontier. I want to make it clear I have no experience off road driving. I wanted an intro trail that I wouldn’t have to be rock crawling on or doing something that would potentially be harmful to my truck (I’m 2,300 miles from home). This trail was perfect. There are many conflicting reviews but if you want an amazing experience and can handle a little adrenaline, do not pass this up. I drove the Beartooth Highway a week ago and this trail ranks up there with it as one of the top highlights of our trip. There are a few rocky parts where my 9” ground clearance def helped but we also passed an old couple in a sedan coming up past the bad parts. Make sure you ask the ranger if there have been any washouts. No permit needed. Enjoy

Amazing hike, dogs loved it. Great views. Not much water when we went.

off road driving
3 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

A nice trail I would rate it as easy, very picturesque worth the drive.

off road driving
3 months ago

Drove this trail yesterday in an almost stock Wrangler JKU. It’s a very scenic trail, easy in a Jeep, though We did see a 1980’s Chevy van running it as well. The GPS co-ords are wrong for the start of the trail. You need to go to the end of 279 to start.

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