White Rim Trail of Canyonlands NP

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One of the most epic and secluded off-road trips out there, the White Rim Trail is a moderate 4wd road that encircles the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.

With many drastic drop-offs and steep switchbacks, this rough road will challenge novices and offer a few thrills, along with the amazing views, for the experienced off-roader. Plenty of designated campsites (permits required) line the road. The road is about 100 miles and is best driven clockwise. It’s hard to exceed 10mph and while it can be completed in a day, a 3 day trip is recommended.

Pick up/Drop off: Salt Lake City, Utah

Base: Moab, Utah

[title size=”2″]Day by Day Highlights[/title]

Day 1:

Pick up your fully outfitted and stocked Sportsmobile Rental in Salt Lake City and drive to Moab. Overnight: Slickrock Campground.

Day 2:

Explore Moab (and pick up any extra supplies) and Arches National Park. Alternatively, rent some mountain bikes and ride the best slickrock around and save Arches NP for the following day. Overnight: Devils Garden Campground in Arches National Park.

Day 3:

Head to Canyonlands National Park and find a short hike or check out a few scenic overlooks (try to spot the White Rim Trail from above). Overnight: Willow Flat Campground in Canyonlands National Park.

Day 4:

Begin the White Rim Trail with a steep descent down Shafer Trail. Overnight: Gooseberry or White Crack Backcountry Campgrounds

Day 5:

Continue along the White Rim with many stops along the way. Overnight: Potato Bottom or Hardscrabble Bottom Backcountry Campgrounds

Day 6:

Your final day on the White Rim with a fun climb out Mineral Bottom. Overnight: Moab RV Park (after a celebratory dinner out in Moab).

Day 7:

Head back to Salt Lake City and fly home.

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