Explore the most popular scenic driving trails near Moab with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We did this drive on 7/6/18 and I enjoyed it. We didn't make it out to the Devils Garden end, but will do that another time. I was blown away by how crowded this place was. Crazy amount of people. Could not even find a parking place at the Windows area. And was disappointed to see the amount of people climbing all over the rocks at Double Arch. I think the park service needs to re-evaluate where they let people go. It was not cool in my eyes. You could not get a picture of the arches without people in your pic. I will return here some year at an off season time, and hope to see less crowds. There should be a limit on vehicles allowed in too, there clearly is not enough parking for all the cars they let in. Not even close. The line went on forever when we were leaving. Great pics to be taken, but I think some things should be done to manage the crowds.

off road driving
7 days ago

7/5/2018. Amazing drive. Started at top of Shafer trail to Potash Rd. Some spots after decent into canyon were rocky, sandy and or steep. Conditions were very dry. Took about 1.5-2hrs. Did trail in a stock GX460 with g**dyear duratracs.

Note on trail rating/descriptions. There appears to be two for this area. One says easy and other medium and they blend together in reviews.

Swimming ? Any one knows of any places to swim along the ride?

off road driving
13 days ago

Used this as part of a loop trip. Gemini Bridges, to 313, then Shafer Trail to Potash and back to Moab. I did take the Bull Canyon run to the bottom of the arches (worth it, you need 4wd for that tail). First part of the main trail is much more interesting, that the second half. After the bridges it becomes a bumpy ride then gravel road to 313.

off road driving
13 days ago

Nice little jaunt. Relaxing, ran it in my bone stock 1996 Jeep Cherokee. Looped Moab to Gemini Bridges to 313 to the trail head and back to Moab.
Used 4low so i could just idle down the hill. That was the only time I engaged the 4wd system. Lots of photo ops. Could a car do it? I would not have taken my Corolla on that road. Up and down the hill, yes but not the rest of the trail, there are a few spots that having 9" of ground clearance came in handy.

scenic driving
15 days ago

nice drive.

18 days ago

Great drive

amazing time in the park! beautiful!

off road driving
26 days ago

Took the Jeep from canyon lands Shafer trail entrance down potash rd to Moab. It was an amazing drive! Must have 4x4 and some ground clearance to get through a couple spots.

on Salt Valley Road

27 days ago

Great road for first time easy off road drive let 13 year granddaughter drive entire road to highway

28 days ago

Third trip through enjoyed as always

This driving tour is a great way to see all the areas of the park. Since the park is not that large, this is doable in a pretty short amount of time. I gave 4 instead of 5 stars because to really see the arches you have to do some hiking or walking, so just know that you cannot see the best stuff only on the drive.

off road driving
1 month ago

Drove from MOAB to the NP with a 4x2 Nissan Rouge.
No problem if you drive with care and slow down were there are rocks to cross.

Beautiful! Go before 8:00 AM as suggested in the Moab guest guide book or be prepared for lines to get in and too much traffic. We arrived at 7:30 or so and there was no waiting at the entrance, every parking lot at every view site had spaces open, photos were easy to get as there were fewer people to contend with. This drive is an easy way to take in a lot of ground and many amazing sites. As we left the park after our relaxed drive through we passed a line at the gate that went half way to the highway.

Have taken it both ways. Pretty, especially the lower parts!

1 month ago

Prefer potash plant up. You don’t really want a long wheelbase, with the switchbacks. I heard a semi up on 313 was following his GPS and started down it. Needless to say, it didn’t go well......

off road driving
1 month ago

Great to wheel and plenty of scenery. Did the trail in a 2wd forerunner nissan titan.

on Sand Flats 4x4 Road

2 months ago

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

Beautiful driving tour. There are a lot of places to stop and check out. As soon as you go into the park, you will see some amazing places. As you continue on the views just get better and better I am. We went in the early spring of 2018 and it was absolutely beautiful. If you want to do the fiery furnace then you need to get a permit a day or two prior to doing it.

off road driving
2 months ago

This was our first 'off-roading' adventure in Utah.. and not our last, but of course our quickest bail out due to not knowing what to expect. We went over several creek beds and turned around without finishing it. Now that I see, we only went in less than a mile and came out! We really pansied out! We did drive further on the next road over that went to Fisher's Towers. There are also some campsites on this road that would be amazing to stay at! (We went on Sept. 10, 2017)

off road driving
2 months ago

This was fun! Lots of creek crossing and incredible views and rock formations. This trail offers a awesome insight into the geology of the area. If you continue on to the Thompson Canyon/Polar Mesa it is it a much rougher trail but worth it (you'll need higher ground clearance). These combined trails make a great loop ride (we hate retracing our tracks). You end up on the Castle Valley Road heading back to Route 128. Again awesome views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

off road driving
2 months ago

Gorgeous. On this path as marked the road was definitely rougher outside of the canyonlands. Inside the park the road was pretty tame.

off road driving
2 months ago

Super fun! You drive though the creek a bunch, beautiful scenery. Easy to drive. I can’t believe it took me so long to experience onion Creek

off road driving
3 months ago

Fun trail! no need to go all the way. drive as far in as you want. at the end of the trail however, it is a STEEP incline up the canyon with massive rocks to go over. only recommend the last part of the trail if you're prepared

on Onion Creek Trail

off road driving
4 months ago

This is one of our favorite trails! All the water crossings are a bonus. The trail is easy and well maintained. We keep coming back to this one.

This is the second time we have done this drive this year. If you have a little extra time, do not miss this drive, even if your flight is in and out of Salt Lake City! It's such a beautiful drive. There is no need to stop along the way, but there are many places to stop for photo ops or river side walks or off roading if you have more time. Fisher Towers is a nice trail you can take if you can take the dirt road off the main road. Check road conditions before you go out.

We actually drove the entire park route the previous day, but I have uploaded the photo with this recording. There is a lot to see from the road itself. We had planned a few grand hikes, but as the weather turned to sleet and snow, we decided to drive through the park and do a few easy hikes. It was actually very relaxing and made us stop to see more of the roadside attractions/rock formations we would have otherwise drove past to get to trailheads. And, now that the road construction has been completed, there are more pull offs to stop and take photos from different views. If you don't want to do hikes or want to only do short hikes, you still get to see a lot of awesome sights in Arches!

hiking
5 months ago

Onion Creek is full of strychnine. Please don't take your doggies on this trail.

on Shafer Trail

off road driving
5 months ago

Super awesome. Super easy too (when dry). Plenty of cyclists do this. Saw a honda civic driving it, although i could hear their indercarriage neing hit by 3” rocks.

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