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Lathrop Canyon

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Location Moab, UT
Rating Easy,
Length 21mi
Time 6hrs

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Rugged side trip descends to Colorado River from White Rim Trail.

Road follows scenic bench above the Colorado River and below Dead Horse Point S.P. The Shafer Switchbacks are unforgettable. Pay park fee at self-pay station or at visitor center. ATVs and UTVs, even if licensed, are prohibited. Licensed motorbikes are okay. Pets are not allowed on backcountry roads or in campgrounds, but may be transported inside vehicle going on Potash Road and up the switchbacks. Leashed pets can be walked along paved roads. Note: Wait times at main entrance can be 1 to 2 hours at peak times.


Trail Ratings Defined

Under normal, dry conditions, you might get through in a moderate-clearance 2WD SUV, but we recommend high clearance and 4WD. Switchbacks will be closed by the park when they are unsafe for travel.




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Best Time To Go

April,May September & October

Hot in summer. Do not go if heavy rainstorms are forcast.

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435-259-4712Canyonlands National Park Island-in-the-Sky Visitor Center

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