Moab Summary – Part Two

Moab, UT

OK, let’s finish up on our stay in Moab.


This hike begins from the parking area for the Poison Spider Jeep road (and some dinosaur tracks) along Potash Road on the north side of the Colorado River.  This is a nice hike of about 2.5 miles roundtrip that goes steeply up at the beginning, then levels out as you go up into a canyon.

David and Karen navigate the steep section of the trail

Great view of the La Sal Mountains to our east

Longbow Arch



One of our favorite hikes inside Arches NP is to the Tower Arch in Klondike Bluffs.  This hike is only about three miles round trip but it is all up and down with a stretch of deep sand to slog through.

Pam, Karen, and David make the steep ascent at the start of the trail

As you near Tower Arch you pass a smaller arch called Parallel Arch.  We’ve watched many hikers walk right past this neat little arch unaware of its existence.

Parallel Arch

Tower Arch

The view from behind Tower Arch



About ten miles out Potash Road, just beyond the Gold Bar Campground parking area, is a small parking area on the north side of the road.  This is the trailhead for the Jeep Arch Trail, a hike of about 4.5 miles roundtrip.  The trail begins by going through a large drainage tunnel that goes under some railroad tracks.

Cody is a bit reluctant to go through the tunnel

Just past the tunnel is a sign pointing the way to the trail.

This hike can be done as a lollipop, as you hike about two miles straight out, then take a loop around the arch, and return on the same trail.  We hiked the loop in a clockwise direction.

The trail goes up through the “U” in the rocks

Jeep Arch – named by ancient Puebloans

John, Pam, and Cody inside the arch

View from inside the arch

A man and his (friends) dog take a rest

Lunch with a view

View of the Colorado River on the hike back

On a return hike Cody often runs ahead to find some shade.  As we approached the tunnel he ran ahead so far we couldn’t see him.  But we knew where we would find him.

Once back to the car we drove out UT-313 a couple of miles to check out some art work along the road.

TV Sheep

Intestine Man



One day it was a bit windy and cold for hiking so we drove up into Canyonlands NP and took the Shaffer Road back down.

That’s Shaffer Road way down below

Near the end of the Shaffer Road we passed the evaporation ponds operated by Intrepid Potash.  They mine potassium by dissolving it in water, pumping the mixture up into the ponds, and letting the water evaporate leaving white potassium that is transported out of the area by train.



Our last hike in Moab was a new one for us (all the above hikes can be found in detail in older posts).  The hike up to the Portal Overlook begins in the Jaycee Campground on Potash Road.  The 3.3 mile round trip hike takes you steeply up the side of a high cliff wall for 900 ft of elevation gain.

As we gained in elevation some great views of the La Sal Mountains came into view.

The trail is a favorite of mountain bikers

The view from the top is outstanding

Below us we could see our motorhome sitting in Portal RV Resort.

Can you see it? OK, let’s zoom in a bit

Aah, there it is!

The trail continues from the overlook and eventually leads up on top of the high mesa.  Just a few feet beyond the overlook it narrows a bit and runs right along a steep cliff.  A sign warns bike riders to dismount, rather than taking a chance and riding over a large rock on the narrow trail.

The rock is dangerously close to the edge of a steep drop off

Looking at the photo below you can see Kane Spring Road across the Colorado River.  Look closely and you can see two vehicles on the road.  Both are long RV trailers!  Better not fall off your bike here!

Nice view coming back down the trail

That concludes our two week stay in Moab.  David, Karen, and Cody left Sunday and headed east into Colorado.  We left on Monday morning headed north for a couple of days in southern Idaho.

More on that later . . .

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13 Responses to Moab Summary – Part Two

  1. I just love that little dog–our other schnauzer was a shade seeking dog too. That photo with the “dismount” sign made my stomach flutter!

  2. exploRVistas says:

    Wow…that cliff is scary! The scenery is gorgeous up there!

  3. Laurel says:

    I want a Cody dog. That lunch with a view photo is hilarious! Your photos make me want to get back to Moab for more hiking.

  4. Cody sure is a cutie!

    That intestine man pictograph and the others are sooooo detailed!

    Looks like another wonderful stay in Moab!

  5. pmbweaver says:

    I love seeing the La Sal Mountains! So beautiful.
    We did the Tower Arch hike too. it is a great one.
    Never heard of Jeep Arch. What a gorgeous hike. I love the Colorado River photo.
    Look at the detail in Intestine Man. How did they know this?
    Pam…that is such an awesome of photo of you with Canyonlands NP in the background. I love it.
    What a great adventure you had in Moab. You can never go wrong visiting that place.

  6. girlonahike says:

    Still need to hike Long Bow Arch! That Shafer Road looks cool – never gone because I don’t have a good car to get down it. I’ll have to get my friend to take me!

    Alicia @

  7. Ingrid says:

    Thanks for taking me back and reminding me why I love Moab. That photo of ‘lunch with a view’ with Cody’s paws, is great! Sounds like a fun-filled two weeks in Moab.

  8. Jim and Barb says:

    We have not had internet for a couple of weeks so we are just getting caught up. I see you guys have been busy as usual in Moab. We would love to spend a few weeks there for some quality exploring, so much to see!

  9. Sherry says:

    Really fine hikes. Love Tower Arch. Nice pictures of the La Sals and the Colorado. Envying you the drive on Shaffer. Looks like all the paws and feet had a great time in Moab.

  10. Debbie L says:

    What a fabulous post! How long did it take you to share these amazing photos and info? I almost feel like I was right there!

  11. Gay says:

    Another great Moab visit! Sorry we missed you this trip.

  12. geogypsy2u says:

    The best lunch with a view ever!

  13. LuAnn says:

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for all the tips. I will certainly use them this fall.

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