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Colorado River Scenic Byway—Highway 279

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  • Moab
  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Published 01/19/2016

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If you're interested in Native American rock art, Highway 279 northwest of Moab is a perfect place to spend a couple of hours. To get there, go north on U.S. 191 about 3.5 miles and turn left onto Highway 279. 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. If you happen to be in Moab during a heavy rainstorm, Highway 279 is also a good option for viewing the amazing waterfalls caused by rain pouring off the cliffs on both sides of the Colorado River.

  • State Route 279, Utah

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Hwy. 279, Moab, Utah, 84532, United States

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Published 01/19/2016


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