White Rim Trail

Moab, Utah

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This extremely long trail can be completed in a single day, but that leaves no time to explore the side canyons or to appreciate the varied scenery. The trail is best completed over two days with an overnight camp. Campsites must be booked in advance with the National Park Service, and a backcountry permit is required. A special permit is not needed to drive the trail in one day, just the normal park entrance fee. Special Attractions: Long two-day trail within Canyonlands National Park; Access to hiking trails; Wide variety of scenery and rock formations. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This extremely long trail can be completed in a single day, but that leaves no time to explore the side canyons or to appreciate the varied scenery. The trail is best completed over two days with an overnight camp. Campsites must be booked in advance with the National Park Service, and a backcountry permit is required. A special permit is not needed to drive the trail in one day, just the normal park entrance fee.

Special Attractions: Long two-day trail within Canyonlands National Park; Access to hiking trails; Wide variety of scenery and rock formations. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 68.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,900 feet
Top Elevation: 6,000 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Musselman Arch, Monument Basin, Turks Head, Upheaval Dome, Horsethief Canyon, Bowknot Bend, Mineral Canyon, The Knoll, and others
Driving Directions: Directions to White Rim Trail

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