The 100-mile White Rim Road loops around and below the Island in the Sky mesa top and provides expansive views of the surrounding area. Four-wheel-drive trips usually take two to three days, and mountain bike trips usually take three to four days.

Under favorable weather conditions, the White Rim Road is moderately difficult for high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. The steep, exposed sections of the Shafer Trail, Lathrop Canyon Road, Murphy Hogback, Hardscrabble Hill, and the Mineral Bottom switchbacks make the White Rim loop a challenging mountain bike ride, and require extreme caution for both vehicles and bikes during periods of inclement weather. During high water conditions on the Green River, sections of road on the west side can flood, making a complete loop impossible.


Canyonlands is the most remote, least developed, and least visited national park in Utah. Which is great! This makes it the perfect place to get a taste of real wilderness – to really explore the backcountry. And nowhere in Canyonlands is more rugged and wild than the famed White Rim Road.

The White Rim Road is a 100-mile long dirt, gravel, and slickrock road that leads through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. It’s located in the Island in the Sky district of the park, which, frankly is the best and most scenic section of the park. (More about the Canyonlands districts here.) On the White Rim Road you’ll get to see lots, and lots, and LOTS of amazing stuff. Wanna see herons on the Green River? Check. Drive down (probably) the most iconic switch-backs in the state? Sure. Walk right up to a natural bridge? Yes! Drive right next to a 200-foot cliff? Of course! Wait… what?

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