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Potash Road, Moab

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Known by locals as Potash Road, the official name of this scenic drive is Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway. The road was ranked one of the most beautiful highways in 1963, and the scenery hasn't changed much--you'll navigate among towering red cliffs and layered sandstone rocks with views of the Colorado River. Although it was built to service potash mines, the 24.1 km (15 mile) stretch of paved road quickly became popular with tourists after it was completed. Passageways to both Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park break off from the paved section of the road. Watch for various highlights along the byway: three natural arches, petroglyphs, and dinosaur footprints. Some of these sights are hard to miss, while the others are marked by signs. Put Potash Road into our Moab road trip tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This road is packed with climbers. Be careful but go past all of them to get to the petroglyphs. No need to drive all the way to the potash. factory, so turn around at jug handle. The petroglyphs are ...  more »
  • We enjoyed riding out this road and just watching the folks climbing the rock walls! There are these huge walls on one side of the road and the Colorado River on the other side. There is a turn off to...  more »
  • Start here at white Rim Road, So you get a wild experience on slump to the bottom of Shafer Canyon. One should not have fear of heights, the trip goes on narrow Rocky shelves without guardrails, it is a super nice trip with fantastic prospects during the descent. That doesn't happen so much down in the bottom, but continue straight ahead past the potash ponds to get to some beautiful petroglyphs on rock walls along the road.
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For affordable accommodations away from tourist crowds, stay outside Moab's busy downtown. Many inns in this area offer free shuttle services to the central part of town, allowing you quick and easy access to Moab's finest shops and restaurants. If you do not plan to spend much time in your room, consider staying at a budget-friendly motel or hostel. For the ultimate in outdoorsy options, campgrounds inside the area's national parks make up what they lack in modern amenities with their panoramic views of the red desert.
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