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Moab and Southeastern Utah Sights

Colorado River Scenic Byway—Route 279

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Updated 04/24/2014

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If you're interested in Native American rock art, Route 279 is a perfect place to spend a couple of hours. If you start late in the afternoon, the cliffs will be glowing orange as the sun sets. Along the first part of the route you'll see signs reading "Indian Writings." Park only in designated areas to view the petroglyphs on the cliff side of the road. At the 18-mile marker you'll see Jug Handle Arch on the cliff side of the road. A few miles beyond this point the road

turns to four-wheel-drive only, and takes you into the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands. Do not continue onto the Island in the Sky unless you are in a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle with a full gas tank and plenty of water. Allow about two hours round-trip for the Scenic Byway drive.

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Rte. 279, southwest of Moab, Moab, Utah, 84532, United States

Updated 04/24/2014


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