Canyonlands - white rim road in a day

Old Jan 30th, 2012, 10:59 AM
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Canyonlands - white rim road in a day

Hi,

How long does it take to drive-thru white rim road in canyonlands NP? Shall we do it clockwise or counter-clockwise direction?

and even thou I know car rental agreements, I respect experienced members of this forums - who can suggest me if 4WD SUV can go on that road without any issue?

please advice....
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 11:00 AM
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ok, I forgot to mention - we are planning to go there for 1-day in mid-June....
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http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/whiterimroad.htm

"Trips usually take two to three days by four-wheel-drive vehicle"

"Under favorable weather conditions, the White Rim Road is considered moderately difficult for high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles"
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How long does it take to drive-thru white rim road in canyonlands NP?

Just for the pure hell of it my wife and I did it in one day one spring. It was crazy, I'd recommend 2-3 days if you can score the camping permits, but for sure you can do it in one hectic day. We had to push it a bit to return the rental on time but we made it.

Shall we do it clockwise or counter-clockwise direction?

We did it clockwise. Not sure it makes much difference. Maybe in one part ... the only scary part for us was Murphy's Hogback, which seemed very steep and pretty much straight up (ie no switchbacks) and as we neared the top I realized that if a vehicle was coming up from the other side we would have trouble backing up safely, so maybe it would have been safer/smarter to do this hogback from the other direction.

and even thou I know car rental agreements, I respect experienced members of this forums - who can suggest me if 4WD SUV can go on that road without any issue?

Even though I have a 'soft' 4-WD vehicle (more of an SUV with soft suspension and low clearance with 4-WD for snow and ice, not off-roading) we rented a smaller wheelbase jeep with higher clearance in Moab for this particular stunt. They knew where we were going (said we couldn't do it in a day but they were wrong), so it's certainly possible to rent a 4-wd vehicle in Moab for this.

I had done parts of the loop with my vehicle once and after bottoming out a couple of times decided it wasn't worth it.

please advice....

My advice is it's best to take an extra day or two and enjoy the ride (need hard-to-get camping permits though). If you can't do multi-day then you can do it in one very rushed day but you'll have to hurry.

I'd also suggest renting a jeep in Moab rather than some 4-wd with longer wheelbase and lower clearance that you might be using as your rental car.
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