Potash Road, Shafer Switchbacks

Drive along a bench road with fantastic views of the Colorado River and Dead Horse Point State Park.

Total Miles

18

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Elevation
5,919'
Duration
4 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 10
Best Time
Spring - Fall

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Trail Overview
Potash Road, Shafer Switchbacks
If you're looking for beautiful scenery, this route will deliver. Potash Road and its side roads are legal for ATVs and UTVs, but you have to stop at the Canyonlands National Park border even if you are licensed. Pay a small fee when you leave the trail, or stop at the fee station. No pets allowed in the park.
History
The evaporation ponds you drive past are man-made, rubber-lined lakes. Deep underground, brine dissolved potash is pumped to the surface and allowed to evaporate in the desert heat. Blue dye is added to speed up the process, which takes about 300 days. The bright blue color varies in intensity and can be seen from space.
Getting There
Drive north on Hwy. 191 and turn left on Hwy. 279 about 1.5 miles after Colorado River bridge. Continue south another 16.7 miles. Pavement ends soon after you pass the Potash Plant just after turn for Jackson Bottom Boat Ramp.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM Moab Field Office
82 E. Dogwood Ave, Moab, UT 84532
435-259-2100