La Sal Mountain Loop State Scenic Backway

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

From the alpine ridges of the La Sal mountains to the red rock desert and sandstone pinnacles of Castle Rock, this backway is an adventure! You will see mesas and buttes used in movies and drive past steep laccolithic peaks that often serve as the backdrop in photographs of the famed Delicate Arch. This 50 mile route is mostly paved and starts about 8 miles south of Moab off US-191 and loops through the mountains down to Castle Valley and SR 128 where it follows the Colorado River back to Moab. It takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to complete this drive. The narrow winding road, while suitable for passenger cars, is not suitable for large RVs or trailers.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The road is currently free from snow although weather can affect road conditions.
Restrictions: No large RVs or trailers
Closest Towns: Moab, UT
Restroom: Vault toliets are at Mill Creek Canyon & Castle Valley Overlook

General Information


From Moab, head south on US 191 approximately 8 miles and turn left at the Ken's Lake/ La Sal Mountain Loop Road sign. Take a right at the T-intersection and follow the La Sal Mountain Loop Road up into the mountains. The road winds through the mountains and descends via switchbacks towards Castle Valley. At the intersection with Forest Road 207, take a left to get to Castle Valley and continue for about 10 miles. Take another left at the Hwy 128 intersection to return to Moab.


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