Situated off the White Rim Road in the Canyonlands National Park, the Lathrop Canyon trail was created around 1953, shortly after the construction of the White Rim Road. The uranium prospectors used the road to obtain water from the Colorado River for their mining operations. It is a fun and moderately challenging spur to take if you are doing the White Rim Road. On a hot day in the desert, it sure is refreshing to soak your body in the mighty Colorado River.
From Highway 191, turn west on Highway 313. Take the White Rim trail on the left just before you reach the Canyonlands National Park Visitor Center for Island in the Sky. Follow the trail for 16.7 miles to find the trailhead on the left at a wooden sign.
Great trail. We had a stock Toyota 4-Runner (Rental) and we had plenty of clearance. The trail includes some section driving in the river bed - especially like that. We didn't jump in the water, but did sit on a big rock to soak our feet. The wind really carves out the rocks on each side of the trail.
This is probably the hardest trail I have done to date. Really tricky navigating an 89 Toyota Pickup on the initial switchback because of the length. Low 4 most of the way for me but incredibly fun and rewarding! Had some issues getting back up on the last switchback because of the grading on the turn. It took 2 tries but we made it successfully.
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.