Potash Road

Moab, Utah (Grand County)

Last Updated: 07/19/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 15 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 12.97 miles
Highest Elevation: 4484 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Moab
Nearest Town w/ Services: Moab
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Canyonlands National Park / Bureau of Land Management
District: Moab Field Office


Highlight: Potash Road
This is an adventuresome extension to the paved Potash Road Scenic Byway (Highway 279) that originates in Moab. There are many natural and unnatural scenic personalities that present themselves as you travel this road. From the deep and intricate canyons on the western end to hoodoos and the Colorado River in the middle section, followed by an alien post-apocalyptic landscape of the potash mines on the eastern end. This offroad trail combined with the Schafer Trail makes for a great beginners level excursion into canyon country.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
From Shafer Trail, take the trailhead on the left to begin Potash Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moab, Utah

If you are running the trail from west to east as described in this guide: Travel the entire Shafer Trail to its end. If you are running the trail from east to west: Start in Moab and head north out of town on U.S. Highway 191. Cross the bridge over the Colorado River. After crossing the bridge continue north for 1.3 miles to the signed "Potash Road" which is State Road 279. Turn west (left) and follow State Road 279 for 16.7 miles. The trail will be to your right as the road forks down to a boat launch.


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Trail Reviews (20)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Hi, Newbie here in offroading and as a member. We will be be in Canyonlands by 1st week of March. Looking to try Patosh Road. I see it is 2-2. Is that still the case if there is some snow? It's just me and my wife and so no other groups. Appreciate your advice and answers.
–Victor (02/20/2021)
–Scott Osumi (03/05/2021)
–Todd (02/21/2021)
Q: I see in some of the pictures you have window stickers. Are they sold on your site? Dave
–Dave (01/01/2020)
–Todd (01/03/2020)
Q: Do you need a permit to drive the Potash Rd? I see it connects to the White Rim Rd. I assume you would need a permit for that as well? Thanks, Dave
–Dave (01/01/2020)
–Todd (01/03/2020)

Writer Information



Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting Trailsoffroad.com. On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
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