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A Scenic Drive From Moab: What To Do On Potash Road

I drove past Potash Road so many times and had no idea what was down there.  Then I saw a picture of Corona Arch and found out that was down Potash road, but what else is there?  One evening after spending the afternoon in Arches, we decided to head down Potash Road just outside of Moab to see what the deal was.

Turns out, it’s a good deal.  There is the wall street section where you can rock climb.  You can see petroglyphs in two places and dinosaur tracks in one.  There are two arches to see and one river to admire.  Basically, Potash Road is a great place to spend a few hours.

 Spot Petroglyphs

It never gets old seeing petroglyphs, and this is a pretty impressive set.  Not too far after Wall Street, there will be a sign pointing out Indian Writing.  Park in the little parking area and cross the street.  You’ll see them pretty high up on the wall.  And there’s a lot of them.  Walk a little ways both directions and check around the corners of the rock, too.

I was actually surprised at how many there were and got excited every time I saw more.  There are some weird ones here, too.  There is a round guy with long squiggly arms.  There were some little paper doll style people.  There’s a long snake thing and a basket with a hand by it.  It’s pretty cool to see and impressive how high they are.

Admire the Colorado River

Right by the petroglyphs, you’ll find a good view of the river.  Down at the Corona Arch trailhead, you’ll find the Gold Bar Recreation Site.  The recreation site has a boat ramp, beach, and camping area, so if you want to go kayaking or swimming, this would be a great place to do that.


Check out Jug Handle Arch

This is the last real notable landmark on Potash Road before you hit the Potash mine.  This is just right along the road.  I actually took the picture right from the car.  There isn’t a whole lot to do here, but it’s a cool stop.  I would just turn around here instead of going on.  The paved road ends right after the mine and turns to dirt continuing into Canyonlands.


Look for dinosaur tracks

love dinosaurs.  As in, I own three Jurassic Park shirts.  I watched it when I was like, three and I was hooked.  This means any time I get the chance to see dinosaur tracks, I will be seeing dinosaur tracks.  This is just after the petroglyphs.  It’s a short hike up to the tracks, but it has a bit of a drop-off and you have to do a tiny bit of rock scrambling.  It was also kind of hard to follow the official trail.  There were a couple signs, but we just kind of kept going up.  There are also petroglyphs at the top of this.  There is another paper doll thing and a two-headed sheep thing.  I really liked this stop, and note the shirt.

Hike to Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch

I already wrote all about Corona Arch here, but here’s the gist.  Corona Arch is a few miles past the dinosaur tracks and across from the Gold Bar site.  the hike is three miles round-trip, taking a couple hours if you spend time at the arches.  It’s a pretty easy hike and if you visit in the winter, you might have it to yourself.  It’s a great hike to get away from the crowds at nearby Arches, but to still see arches.  Keep an eye out for Bowtie Arch, too.

Potash Road is a great scenic drive along the Colorado River right in Moab.  It’s a great way to pass a few hours and see some pretty cool stuff.  Do a little hiking and see a lot of petroglyphs before heading back into town.  I would definitely recommend it at least once if you’re in the area.

Have you been down Potash Road?  Did you do any of these things?  What was your favorite?  What else do you like around Moab?

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