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“Great way to Canyonlands in a jeep” 5 of 5 stars
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Long Canyon
Dead Horse Point Rd, Capitol Reef National Park, UT
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Owner description: Scenic canyon in Capitol Reef National Park.
Big bay mi
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“Great way to Canyonlands in a jeep”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Traveled down the Colorado River & up Long Canyon in a rented Rubicon to go to Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse, then out on Shafer Trail. This drive provided great fun, spectacular views. Great way to spend 6 hours in Moab

Visited October 2013
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Vero Beach FL
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“Great Drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I took a Ford Explorer up from Highway 191 to Gemini Arches, then continued on to Dead Horse State Park, then took the Long Canyon road, through Pucker Pass and down into the Canyon - a great experience, especially driving under a bus sized and shaped boulder hanging on the drop off side of the road soon after entering the pass. Some of the washouts at the bottom were a bit steep and close, but no clearance problems - your Prius wouldn't make it! Easy trip on the Potash Road back to Moab. I would do this drive again in heartbeat

Visited October 2013
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Pasadena, Texas
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“Great Jeep Ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We have been going down Long Canyon for several years. It's our favorite road. We Jeeped it last time we were there in August of 2013. Loved every minute. Not too difficult. Seems they have filled in the sandy area with some rocks. Can't wait til next year to drive it again!

Visited August 2013
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Planet earth
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“Exciting drive with 2013 subaru outback”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I asked the ranger at the canyonlands visitor center and she told me that that the only challenging part is after the first curve (going downhill) till about when you go under the big boulder. I parked the car at the curve, and walked down to check the road out. Walking back up as quite a hike.....

I decided to go for it with my 2013 subaru outback, and it was great. There are a few very steep curves and the road is very bumpy and very inclined. You do need a high clearance vehicle. I felt that the 9" of the outback were just enough, but less would have been trouble.

Surprisingly the harder part was at about the end, when we had to cross the riverbed. You have to go through a nearly vertical crossing. I scratched a bit the bottom part of the rear bumper but went through without problems. The drive was great with my subaru. Keep in mind it I did it downhill. I think the car could have made it uphill as well, but it is definitely more challenging that way. The drive is fantastic, and I think it is definitely worth it.

Visited August 2013
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London
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“Great alternative road to go back to Moab”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

This road is a great alternative to going back to Moab from Canyonlands or Dead Horse point.
Timing:
- evening is good to see the fins of the Behind the Rocks area, but by then most of the canyon itself will be in the shade
- during the day will be best to see the canyon itself
Finding the road:
- quite easy on Google maps or even the Canyonlands park map
- just off road 313, heading due east
The road itself
- first 3 miles are flat and gravelly. nothing much interesting
- next three miles are steep with switchbacks and gravel. If you are going down, limit yourself to about 10mph, otherwise momentum will lead you to skid when you break
- final 4 miles are easy with a gentle slope. Look out for Jug handle arch on the left as you get onto the main road
- allow about 45 minutes, which is about the same time as going via the paved road
- there is a massive boulder in the road but any car can easily pass under it. Not technical at all, just like going through a tunnel, but will make for great pictures of you driving under it.
I wouldn't pay much attention to the single negative review. Common sense needs to be exercised:
- don't go on an unpaved road without checking conditions with the Moab visitor centre (don't ask any of the national park rangers, they will always try to discourage you from doing anything exciting)
- Try this road going down rather than up. There is a 2000ft elevation difference in the space of 7 miles. Anyone attempting it upwards with no experience is a fool.
- the road is considered easy by 4x4 standards as there are no obstacles and no technical skills are required. Just drive slowly.

Visited June 2013
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