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Potash Scenic Byway

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Basics
Location:
Along the Colorado River west of Moab on Hwy 279
Surface:
Paved
Suitable Vehicle:
Any Vehicle
Length:
34 mile roundtrip
Time:
2 hours
Season:
Drivable year round

Description

Potash Scenic Byway (Hwy. 279) begins at Hwy 191 about 3 miles northwest of Moab and a short distance past the Colorado River. It follows the Colorado southeast for about 16 miles, ending at the Moab Salt Plant. The byway runs between high cliff walls on the west and the Colorado River on the east. Along the way are Indian petroglyphs, a few groups of which are signed, and some dinosaur tracks (Mile 6.2). Jug Handle Arch, which derives its name from the fact it is only 3 feet wide but 46 feet high, is visible near the end of the road (Mile 13.6). The route also passes a few good hiking trails.

Details

Location:
Along the Colorado River west of Moab on Hwy 279
Surface:
Paved
Suitable Vehicle:
Any Vehicle
Length:
34 mile roundtrip
Time:
2 hours
Main Roads:
UT-279 S
Season:
Drivable year round

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