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This landscape was eroded into canyons, buttes, and mesas by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries. The park is divided into four districts by the rivers. There are rock pinnacles and other naturally sculpted rock, as well as artifacts from Ancient Pueblo Peoples.

hiking
2 hours ago

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20 hours ago

hiking
20 hours ago

off road driving
3 days ago

Great trail to romp around in an overland rig.

off road driving
5 days ago

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.

hiking
5 days ago

backpacking
6 days ago

So beautiful.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked in late November 2015 while it was pretty cold and snowy. Long hike, not terribly difficult unless you're not very tall or not prepared for a long hike. There are some areas where you'll have to climb over large rocks which is made more difficult with snow. The Druid Arch is staggering and well worth the hike. Started around 9 AM and got back after dark.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy hike but great views