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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.

This trail is for scenic driving or road cycling. It's not really for walking or hiking. Though, there are many hiking trails that start from this road. This road is quite narrow and windy in parts as it goes up into the mountain. This road is labeled moderate. I can only speak about driving up it (not road cycling), and I can say moderate could be true. If it is summer and snowless, it should be fine and easy, just have to drive carefully. But in the winter or wet weather, of course one needs to be careful and then it may be rated hard. This canyon is beautiful as the peaks are closer to the road, some are tree covered, and others are rock faces. When driving down, you can see into the Salt Lake Valley. It's a nice view going up and coming back down.

off road driving
9 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?

14 days ago

Easy trail driving stock Jeep Wrangler Unlimited we rented in Las Vegas. We saw this was a BLM backway to Zion, started it off 59 and headed north. I will recommend this to anyone headed to Zion, the entire view approaching the canyon. Beautiful!

off road driving
14 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
14 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.

off road driving
16 days ago

Fun off road trail for trucks or all-terrain vehicles. There are numerous side routes that are narrow for a full-size truck but do-able. Main road was a piece of cake, a sedan could make it, but still fun! I would recommend for a quick afternoon ride.

scenic driving
16 days ago

nice drive

scenic driving
16 days ago

nice drive.

20 days ago

Great drive

hiking
21 days ago

LIke the others did with the Burr trail. Between the two do the Burr.

Just beautiful. If you can't hike do this drive to experience a great variety of what Utah offers.

hiking
21 days ago

Great drive which opens up to a lot of trail heads of which all are worth doing. For a quick stop do singing canyon for a neat treat.

Beautiful drive by itself. Opens up to nice hiking area.

off road driving
21 days ago

I made this trip in my stock RAM 1500. I am not an avid/experienced off-roader, but this was definitely enjoyable.
Start early, it takes a long time to get out and back, but the view is worth it. Any SUV or truck shoudl be able to handle the terrain. Most other cars would be able to make it up to a parking spot that's about 2.3 miles from the rim. You could hike the last portion but it gets HOT in the summer months.
The most important detail to consider about your car is the ground clearance. You must have at least 11 1/2 inches, 13 inches and up will be better. My truck has a step-bar that's at 11 1/2 and I scraped the ground once (no damage, no problem).
It's remote, bring enough water to hold you over for 24 hours and bring some food. I would highly recommend bringing a full-size spare tire, some basic tools, and maybe a shovel just in case yo get stuck (can't see how). I brought a "2 in. x 12 in. x 8 ft. Premium #2 and Better Douglas Fir Lumber" (cut in two pieces) which came in very handy when I had to slide under the truck to change the tire.
I found the stretch from St. George more scenic and entertaining, the other stretch from/to the 389 can be done by any passenger car and is pretty simple, sometimes boring dirt road.
If you are looking for a scenic drive with great views at the end and without any extreme off-road adventure - this is it!

scenic driving
21 days ago

We needed a break after a tough hike the day before in GSE so we decided to drive the Burr Trail. I was absolutely shocked by how beautiful this road was. We took it from Boulder to Peekaboo Arch. I would have loved to continue all the way to Powell.

off road driving
22 days ago

Paved road to the summit on the Butterfield canyon side. A few miles of dirt road near the summit on the Middle Canyon side. very narrow roads. There weren't many cars on the road which was good considering the narrowness

off road driving
22 days ago

As of last year, the road is NO longer maintained. It now requires a high clearance 4x4, or you will be coming out on the hook

NOT a "scenic" drive for the tourist by any stretch of the imagination.

Do not park on Spring Dr, or the Sheriffs office may ticket you. There is plenty of parking past the cattle guard and water tower at the top of the hill.

Fun detour, must do the Lone warrior, Sinbad and the Durtchman arch to make it all worth while when there.

I went to all the major NP' this week and the drives to and from have been unreal. I'm always on a timetable yet I find myself pulling over to take a pic lol

Incredible drive. From Bluff you can find your way into Bears Ear, Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, The Four Corners, Canyon de Chelly, or Natural Bridges. Just an unbelievable area to see.

amazing time in the park! beautiful!

scenic driving
26 days ago

It was beautiful! I would definitely do it again!

off road driving
27 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

28 days ago

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

scenic driving
29 days ago

We drove on this scenic byway several times over this weekend. It's nice as it is not heavily traveled, and free to enter from both ends. There are some nice overlooks and many hiking trails. There are several more trails on this drive that aren't listed here in alltrails. There are many places to camp for free as well as a few private campgrounds (pay for camping) along this route.

29 days ago

Third trip through enjoyed as always

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