Moab Utah Off Roading: Potash Trail

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Potash Trail

This easily accessible road treats driver to breathtaking Moab scenery, including overlooks of the Colorado River and views of Dead Horse Point State Park. Read More

  • 23 miles (typically 3-4 hours)
  • Very Easy. Accessible even to two-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Trailhead: Located off Potash road, about 16.7 miles from its junction with the Colorado River.

Overview

If you’re looking for beautiful backcountry scenery, but want avoid navigating steep slick rock and technical obstacles, Potash Road is for you. The road is wide, well maintained, and accessible even to two wheel drive vehicles. Scenic highlights include overlooks of the Colorado River and views of Dead Horse Point State Park. You can even stand at the overlook where Thelma and Louise took their final drive over the rim of a canyon into the Colorado River.

Trailhead

From Moab, head north on Highway 191. About 1.5 miles after crossing the Colorado River, turn left on Potash Road\Road 279. Continue south for about 16.7 miles where the pavement ends. You’ll find a parking area next to the river that marks the beginning of the trail.

Details 

  • Distance: Approximately 23 miles.
  • Average Time of Drive: 3-4 hours.
  • Difficulty: Very Easy.
  • Trail Type: Out and back.
  • Trailhead: Located off Potash road, about 16.7 miles from its junction with the Colorado River.

Plan & Prepare

Beware of fast moving salt mining trucks that use the road at the stop sign at 2.2 miles.

This drive is best attempted in spring and fall.

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