The reason 4wd is suggested is mainly for higher ground clearance to avoid vehicle undercarriage damage. A stock SUV such as our Dodge Durango does this road with ease. You don't need a jacked-up bouldering jeep. The amazing canyon scenery makes the approximately 3 hour trip well worth your time. We traveled from Moab to the Canyonlands NP Island in the Sky visitors center via this route. 17 miles from Moab via paved roads to the Potash mine and the start of the dirt trail. The first 5 miles of the road travel on the border of the mine property and appear to be maintained fairly well by the mining company. The next 6 miles appear to be through NFS land and occasionally maintained. The final 6 miles is well maintained gravel road within Canyonlands NP. The final few miles switchback steeply up the canyon side. In places the rock canyon wall is eroded under the road making the road in egfect cantilevered. This will be scary if you fear heights but drive slowly and it is safe. Stay away from this road in wet weather or if strong thunderstorms are likely as the road transits numerous dry washes and slickrock plates which are no place to be when wet. Don't be afraid though - this is a pretty mild off-road experience well-suited for stock SUV travel.
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