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If you have only a few hours left in town, a short trip to the PETROGLYPHS would be well worth your... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
dynamicexplorer
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Grand Junction, Colorado
Great experience with Navtec for the White Rim Trail

Potash is an access road for the White Rim Trail and Shafer trail. First part also doable with a... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you have only a few hours left in town, a short trip to the PETROGLYPHS would be well worth your time. Located north of Moab a few miles, one would turn west onto the Potash Road, also known as state highway 279. Although you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dynamicexplorer
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Potash is an access road for the White Rim Trail and Shafer trail. First part also doable with a suitable rental on road. Treat yourself to a 4x4 trip if you can

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank steflas2018
Reviewed November 5, 2018

I decided to drive the Schafer Trail/Potash Road to Moab from Canyonlands entrance. Rated easy for AWD vehicles. The Schafer trail descent is relatively easy with spectacular sheer drops and switchbacks. Lots of pullovers and a relatively smooth road. Once to the bottom, the Potash...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Mark O
Reviewed November 1, 2018

This road past Arches National Park seemed to be the epicenter of activity in the Moab area. We were personally going to do the Poison Spider Jeep Trail, however, there were ATV's, dirt bikes, and bicycles everywhere. Along the road were people climbing the cliffs...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank wacotxtraveler
Reviewed October 25, 2018

You do not need a jeep to do this trail. It is easy. Going through Long Canyon was amazing.. such incredible sight all around.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janice A
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Take the road until the maintenance ends. Then keep on going until your car or jeep can't go any more.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank S7635DBdavidk
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

We had an extra day in the Moab, UT area and were not disappointed with a drive down Potash Rd. Along the drive, stop and check out the petroglyphs. Very worth while drive.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bob S
Reviewed October 18, 2018

Beautiful scenery and the petroglpyhs on the wall are amazing.I noticed rock climbing areas here as well.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ACautiousAdventurer
Reviewed October 18, 2018

Two roads follow the Colorado River either side of Moab, Utah, both passing through spectacular red rock landscapes. The eastern route, Highway 128, is a well-traveled highway leading eventually to I-70. The west route, Highway 279 or the Potash Road, also known as the Potash-Lower...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed October 16, 2018

This was the highlight of our trip! Unsurpassed views and beauty. The Colorado river winds along the side. Also Red Cliff Lodge is on this road. You really get a glimpse of the old west. Do yourself a favor and take this drive.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
March 16, 2018|
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Response from beaches | Reviewed this property |
Potash Rd is the same as Byway279.
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February 13, 2018|
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May 6, 2017|
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Response from John G | Reviewed this property |
Might be a little dicey in a few places on some of the rock steps, but if you get out and plan your route in person up close you can probably find a route. These places are probably only around 20-30 feet long. I've got an... More
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MomBomb12
Lincoln, Nebraska
Itinerary Change...help with activities in Moab please! (5 Replies)
After all the great input from my last post, we have decided to make changes to our original itinerary. Due to time and budget constraints, we have eliminated St George/Zion so that we could increase the budget for lodging closer to Moab, and also have added an extra day to each of our stops in Moab and Ouray. New itinerary looks like this: 5/26 Drive from Lincoln, NE to North Platte, NE, stay with family (3.5hrs) 5/27 Drive to Vail, CO, stay overnight (5.25hrs or 8+hrs for long scenic...More
May 07, 2017|
Response fromTumbleweedandCactus|
Good move in eliminating the drive to Zion and focusing on Moab. The kids will appreciate it. For your Moab Jeep trip, look at this recent thread where I've outlined a number of rides you can do: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60724… For your canyoneering, do Ephedra's Grotto with Cliffs and Canyon. If you're concerned on cost, just have the boys do it and you guys hike up Negro Bill Canyon a few miles to met them dropping in off Morning Glory Arch. Well worth it. I would not...More
ref_karl
Milwaukee, WI
Potash Road (4 Replies)
Scouting some photo shoot locations for the 19th - 22nd. It looks like the view of the horseshoe in the river is better seen from Potash Road than from the vewing point at Dead Horse SP... Is the road in relatively good condition? Based on what I'm seeing on Google Maps, it seems to be pretty well maintained. Also thinking about doing a night shoot, so not sure about what driving back in the dark would be like. TIA for any advice!
September 05, 2017|
Response fromTumbleweedandCactus|
The Potash Road is a paved station highway so maintenance is not an issue. But it's also right at river level so you will see no perspective whatsoever on the horseshoe bend just past Corona Arch. Further down the Potash Road becomes a 4WD only road going out to the White Rim Trail. While many won't recommend driving at night, if you use common sense precautions you should be fine. Do note that wildlife and domestic animals (cows) can be an issue in the road. If you do decide to go to...More
Reddirtdawg
Grand Junction, Colorado
Shafer Trail day use permits required. (3 Replies)
From March 1 to May 31, 2011, day use permits are required for users of the Shafer Trail, and sections of the White Rim and Potash Road that are within Canyonlands NP. Until now these areas have been open to day use without a permit requirement. The permits are free and can be obtained at the Arches NP or Canyonlands: Island in the Sky NP Visitor Centers, the Moab Information Center (Center & Main St. in Moab) and the NPS headquarters located at 2282 S. West Resource Blvd. Btw ~ for...More
March 05, 2011|
Response fromTumbleweedandCactus|
Thanks for sharing this super valuable information to know. Was this prompted by anticipated higher use due to the Mineral Bottom repairs?