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off road driving
6 days ago

We have driven this trail many times and it has never disappointed. This trail can be made with a high clearance stock vehicle but there could be some underside contact. Along this road you will see the famous site of where the car went off the cliff from the "Thelma and Louise" movie. As you continue on to the portion that enters Canyonlands National Park, ATV's are no longer permitted. Climbing the switchbacks to the main road in Canyonlands is not for the faint of heart as the overlook is a long ways to the bottom, but the view is amazing.

off road driving
1 month ago

Driven twice very fun

off road driving
1 month ago

Very Fun Trail - would rate as moderate - hard in an 93 land cruiser, 35's, lockers.

Amazing ride through the Canyons and next to the Colorado River. Would have like to had a little more time to run a little ways down the White Rim Trail but that’s another day. Looking forward to it!!!!

off road driving
2 months ago

This trail was amazing, long and scenic. I went June and water was our lifesaver. Bring a lot and be prepared for some bumpy patches. Not recommended for beginners but you can do it.

2 months ago

Incredible trail. Don’t miss it. Drove in FJCruiser, 33” MTs and no problem. There some very high cliffs and steep grades. Watch for the random rocks and dips in an otherwise issue-free trail. It’s in far better shape than the washboard filled trail I remember from 25 years ago.

This time (aug 2018) stayed at Murphy’s B for a night. 1/2 way through the trail and perched atop a plateau. Windy night in our hammocks but wouldn’t have changed a thing. The drive up and down are not for sissies. Hardscrabble and Lathrop Canyon also have their steep spots. 4wd and clearance / AT/MT tires are a must.

off road driving
3 months ago

Took the road less traveled for sure. Need 4 wheel drive and patience. Bring water and hopefully you have a/c. Temps reached 103 mid ride.

off road driving
4 months ago

Did this trail counter clockwise in three days in mid July. It was expectedly hot 100-120 degrees with almost no shade. We stayed at potato bottom A the first night. This is a beautiful spot on the river (a lot of mosquitos). Then took our time down to Murphy A. This is a must! By far the coolest campsite I have ever stayed at. (Make sure to stay at A not B or C) then went to airport A. This is a rather plain site. No shade or shelter. Beautiful view of airport tower though. We then went down Lathrope to the river and spent the day there. Overall and incredible trail. Pretty easy, some difficult spots. We then drove to Moab down the potash trail, worth it. I would recommend some off-road tires and to air down, at least in the sandy spots if you want to slow down. We did it in a 2017 Tacoma with a 2 inch lift and wrangler duratrac tires.

on Sand Flats 4x4 Road

6 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous area. we did Fins and Things trail with our CanAm and it was exciting and adventurous.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Unbelievable experience. I took a guided mountain biking tour over three days, averaging just over 30 miles a day. I’m a casual biker, so there were some technically challenging hill climbs and switchbacks that I had to take a break on. This was a bucket list ride in my opinion!

off road driving
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!! Took 5 RZRs thru this on a Saturday. Took 3 to 4 hours. One of the best! Creek was not too full and it was evening when we came out at the Hwy. Gets pretty rough during the last 2 to 3 miles. Take your time and stack a few rocks. Maybe a winch as there are some large ledges you have to climb towards the end.

off road driving
7 months ago

Drove and camped along the White Rim Trail over three nights in early April. Some of the most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen in my life. Every turn provided excitement in navigating the terrain and new and stunning landscapes to enjoy. Probably the best-kept outdoors secret in Utah.

Great off-road quick trip with beautiful views!

It’s a long day but running this trail is very challenging and very rewarding. Lockers and good ground clearance is a must.

backpacking
7 months ago

Gorgeous!

off road driving
8 months ago

We did this in one day and highly recommend in the future splitting this over 2 days. It took us 12 hrs. The views are amazing. Not for the faint of heart and highly recommend being prepared for any scenario. It’s very remote no cell service for most of the trail and very little traffic. Can’t wait to go back and do it again!

off road driving
8 months ago

Been on that trails. Loved it

Been in that trails. Loved it

off road driving
9 months ago

Stock 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Off Road Tires. Awesome views. White Crack campsite was the best. Potato Bottom has shade (and mosquitoes).

I recommend just a bit more lift than a stock Jeep, but didn't scrape...much :)

off road driving
11 months ago

Easy one nothing technical
Be careful on the shafer trail switchbacks though
Had to complete in the evening aa the next day was reaerved for the White Rim Trail

off road driving
11 months ago

Did this thanksgiving weekend
Really amazing 100 miles overland nothing technical 2 mildly difficult spots Murphys Hogback and between Potato Bottom and Hardscrabble campground
Started from Shafer trail at 9:45 am reached Hardscrabble Campground at 4:30 pm
Could have completed the trail but had a campgrond booked at Hardscrabble Bottom
Completed tha last 20 miles the next day
Awesome views but be prepared for an early sunset
Good luck its still open

off road driving
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Absolutely stunning. Most incredible 100 mile loop with breathtaking views and constantly changing terrain and scenery. I would go back and do this a second and third time. Reserve a campsite and stay overnight to maximize the experience

Friday, September 01, 2017

This is a great trail. Beautiful and challenging to the right degree, the ascent at the Canyon Lands entrance is breathtaking. Probably not so much if you have fear of heights, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

off road driving
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great trail to romp around in an overland rig.

off road driving
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Starting around 4pm in August the trail was infrequently trafficked, we only met 1-2 cars coming the other direction in the switchbacks (the only real spot where you're in trouble when you meet a car).

Once you enter the north gate of Canyonlands (about a 35 minute drive from Moab), the turn off is clearly marked just before the visitors center. You will immediately start narrow switchbacks down into the canyon. You may need to reverse back to a corner in some areas if the trail is not wide enough for when you meet a vehicle coming from the bottom. This will continue for about 4 miles or so with stunning views of the canyon. The only thing I would change would be starting this trail in the morning as the canyon faces out east and the light may be better on the rocks as it rises.

After the switchbacks the trail is well marked with signs and Potash Road continues for 14 miles of winding trails following the Colorado River for the majority. Some turn offs along this section provide for photo opp areas that you will not see from the majority of Canyonlands visitors.

Throughout the trail you will need to occasionally navigate around rocky obstacles. You will need 4x4 and at least 8-9" of ground clearance in some spots. We completed the trail easily in a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4. And though I did put it into Rock Mode for an area or two, I found that I probably could have just used the standard 4x4 mode, perhaps with a litter added wheelspin.

Once you get to the bright blue water, you may feel that you're on a different planet, but they are simply evaporation pools for the Salt company of Utah/Moab. You may find yourself passing multiple Hired-Tour company vehicles coming up from Moab but the trail is usually wide enough at this point.

Added bonus, as you leave the trail and join up with the main road heading back to Moab, you'll see a sign advertising Indian Markings, these were very cool 3-8000 year old sketches right on he side of the road, very neat.

off road driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This trail was absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! Although it was so treacherous I don't think I can ever do it again!!! I am Terrified of heights. If driving back and forth on the edge of a canyon won't bother you make sure you video it!!!! I am so glad I did it! We drove up from Moab to the top of the canyon.

off road driving
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Incredible scenery and fun little ride back to Moab.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Schafer was closed due to rain the day before so we did part of the White Rim trail. It's pretty bumpy, but you'll be golden with high clearance. There was one random spot with cell reception, pretty bizarre as it was in the middle of nowhere. Don't count on that though, come prepared, there's nothing out there.

Friday, April 21, 2017

We took Shafer Trail and turned on to White Rim trail and to the Lathrop Trail to Colorado river, then back to Potash road and go to Moab. The White Rim part requires a permit which we got online (it's free). We drove a rental Chevy Tahoe which is Ok. The trip is bumpy but the SUV handled it well. White Rim requires 4WD with high clearance. The part from Shafer to Colorado took about 3 hours with stops at a couple of places including Musselman Arch. The return to Potash took 1.5 hours and maybe another 1.5-2hours back to Moab.

Friday, April 21, 2017

We took Shafer Trail and turned on to White Rim trail and to the Lathrop Trail to Colorado river, then back to Potash road and go to Moab. The White Rim part requires a permit which we got online (it's free). We drove a rental Chevy Tahoe which is Ok. The trip is bumpy but the SUV handled it well. White Rim requires 4WD with high clearance. The part from Shafer to Colorado took about 3 hours with stops at a couple of places including Musselman Arch. The return to Potash took 1.5 hours and maybe another 1.5-2hours back to Moab.

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