Lathrop Canyon

Moab, Utah

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This is a fee area inside Canyonlands National Park. Before you drive the trail, stop at the Islands in the Sky Visitor Center where you will learn about park features, regulations, fees, camping permits, and possible road closures. No pets, wood campfires, or firearms are allowed in the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park. Access to this trail is via the White Rim, which typically takes more than a day to drive. Lathrop Canyon makes a convenient day trip. It is also slightly more difficult than the White Rim as it descends all the way to the Colorado River. The trail features the Gooseneck Hiking Trail, a spur to an overlook of the Colorado River, and a side trip to Musselman Arch. This trip can also be driven as an extension of the Shafer Trail. This is a very popular biking trail so watch for bikers at all times. Minor rock challenges and narrow sections. Suitable for stock high-clearance vehicles under normal conditions. Check at visitor center for possible rock slides or trail blockages. Route-finding is very easy. Carry at least one gallon of drinking water per person. Summers are hot and dry. Best driven in spring and fall.
Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

This is a fee area inside Canyonlands National Park. Before you drive the trail, stop at the Islands in the Sky Visitor Center where you will learn about park features, regulations, fees, camping permits, and possible road closures. No pets, wood campfires, or firearms are allowed in the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park. Access to this trail is via the White Rim, which typically takes more than a day to drive. Lathrop Canyon makes a convenient day trip.

It is also slightly more difficult than the White Rim as it descends all the way to the Colorado River. The trail features the Gooseneck Hiking Trail, a spur to an overlook of the Colorado River, and a side trip to Musselman Arch. This trip can also be driven as an extension of the Shafer Trail. This is a very popular biking trail so watch for bikers at all times. Minor rock challenges and narrow sections. Suitable for stock high-clearance vehicles under normal conditions. Check at visitor center for possible rock slides or trail blockages. Route-finding is very easy. Carry at least one gallon of drinking water per person. Summers are hot and dry. Best driven in spring and fall.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 40
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours or more
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Musselman Arch, Monument Basin; Trails Illustrated Canyonlands National Park #210
Driving Directions: Directions to Lathrop Canyon

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