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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. Make Potash Road part of your personalized Moab itinerary using our Moab travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The track has a paved road and then turns off road, to go better with 4 x 4 but at least with an SUV. Winds before next to the Colorado River and then goes on very scenic. Weather conditions that could turn a fun into a nightmare.
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  • August 1, 2017
    You will be awe struck by the scenery all around you. A wonderful antidote to city life. Nature at its most impressive  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Pretty drive and there are petroglyphs along one part of the road that are worth seeing. Even found a short trail to hike with the dog.  more »

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