Potash Road

4.5/5 (33 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 09/11/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (34 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Great scenery combined with a little film history and potash evaporation ponds - what more could you want in a 4x4 trail?! This is another fun back road route up from Moab to Canyonlands NP or Dead Horse SP. Plus old movie buffs will recognize the wide portion of the trail where the movie Thelma and Louise filmed it’s last scene. A fun easy trail that was definitely easier and smoother than the 3 rating it currently has (but there are a few parts that could be impassable or very difficult in wet weather).
Trail Review: Potash Road - James C
Trail Review: Potash Road - James C
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Started on the Shafer trail and ended up taking this one all the way to Moab. Defiantly a fun trip. Glad this was my first "real" offroading experience.
Trail Review: Potash Road - Trevor Katomski
Trail Review: Potash Road - Trevor Katomski
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Did Potash coming out of White Rim on 10/27/22. This was honestly harder than any part of the White Rim in my opinion, but still not killer. Very pretty views of the Colorado in several places, even got to see a GMC Canyon advertisement being shot. It was a pretty busy trail but it's also pretty wide so shouldn't pose too much of an issue
Marty
2200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was another great trail with some amazing views and scenery all the way through. We ran Shafer Trail down to this one to end our visit to Moab. The rains have eroded it the trail in some places but it is nothing too bad. Be sure to stop at Thelma & Louise Point, the views are awesome. Balanced Rock is also pretty cool to check out. Highly recommend this trail.
Tyler
1500
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail with amazing views. Due to recent rain there are a few rutted sections when coming from the east. Luckily they weed out a lot of the tourist traffic.

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