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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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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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  • We started our day from the north, visited Gemini Bridges - do not get too close to the edge and made our way to the Schaefer Trail. In order to access Schaefer Trail from this direction, you must ent...  more »
  • Our friends have a 4 wheel drive pickup and took us on the Shafer Trail Road/Potash Road down from the rim of Canyonlands to the basin and back to Moab over a 20+ mile dirt/gravel road which took us a...  more »
  • We did not know what was at the end of this road, so we decided to drive it. Turns out the paved road ends at the potash mine, but the drive is worth it. Once you go past the Indian petroglyphs and th...  more »