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White Rim

3 Reviews
Location Moab, UT
Rating Moderate,
Length 92.1mi
Time 2days

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Fabulous 2-day backcountry loop of Canyonlands National Park.

An incredible SUV driving adventure along cliff edges of countless massive canyons in the shadow of towering buttes and unique rock formations. A day-use permit, currently free, is now required. Available online 24 hours in advance. Limit of 50 per day. Additional permit required to camp overnight (not free). Permits for White Crack and Murphy Hogback Campgrounds go first. Read page 162 for tips on booking. Carry lots of water. No gas or services. A very popular bike route. Fee to enter park. No fires or pets (even if left in vehicle). No ATVs or UTVs (licensed or not). Licensed dirt bikes are allowed.


Trail Ratings Defined

Most of the route is easy; however, a few spots are steep and rocky. The most challenging spot is a narrow shelf road that climbs the Murphy Hogback. We once encountered a rock slide here that completely blocked the road and we had to turn back. Always call ahead for conditions or check at visitor center. Suitable for stock, high-clearance 4x4 SUVs.






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Hot in summer

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Submitted by Debbie
It is correct that you should do the trail in 2 days if possible in the fall or spring. A one-day trip should begin as early as possible.
A stock Jeep is fine, but a stock 4 x4 suv needs high clearance.
Between waypoints 5 and 6- there are shelf roads with no room to pass. There are also Lots of blind curves. Great road!


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Al Mire says

When you are ready for some solitude and beautiful scenery, this is your trail. It is best done over two days with a night spent camping. The night time sky is a real treat on a camp-out on the White Rim. Reservations for camp sites open 4 months to the day ahead of time. I suggest planning ahead and staying up late to try to book the camp sites you want.

Sue says

Drove with 2 stock Jeep Wranglers. There are a couple spots with a large step that we scraped, and several steep spots we needed 4WD Low, but otherwise an easy road. Dry when we did it mid August so there were many spots with sand which I can guess will turn to deep mud when wet. Also temps were around 100, no shade. We brought a large tarp and strung it between the 2 jeeps for shade. I would not do this trail alone, there is little to no cell service.


I have driven this 3 times in stock Chevrolet Tahoe. Drove it in 1 day each time. Great views and drive. Probably would have enjoyed more if done in 2 days.
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