Potash Road, Shafer Switchbacks

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Location Moab, UT
Rating Easy,
Length 18.1mi
Time 4hrs

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See “Thelma & Louise Point” on way to “Shafer Switchbacks.”

Road follows bench looking down on the Colorado River and up at Dead Horse Point State Park. Truly spectacular scenery. Walk or drive short distance to Thelma & Louise Point. (Remember movie?) ATVs and UTVs are allowed on Potash Road and a few side roads, but must stop, even if licensed, at boundary to Canyonlands N.P. No pets in park, not even if kept in vehicle. Self-pay fee station at Wpt. 05 or pay as you leave. No day-use permit needed between Wpts. 04 and 05, but you’ll need one east of Wpt. 04.


Trail Ratings Defined

Under normal conditions, you’ll want a little more clearance than an ordinary passenger car. Small ruts and washouts are possible after heavy rainstorms, during which time you may need 4-wheel drive. We made it through
easily in our stock Trailhawk.






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435-259-2100, 435-259-4712BLM Moab Field Office, 82 E. Dogwood, Canyonlands National Park Island-inthe- Sky Visitor Center

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