In the spring and fall permits for the White Rim Road sell out fast. It’s no wonder why. The adventure on White Rim Road in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands offers more than just off-roading. Tack on canyon rim camping, mountain biking, and hiking over a minimum of 2 days and 1 night and you’ve got some wild fun. $30 permits can be reserved up to 4 months in advance but thanks to the cold off season we acquired ours the afternoon before we began our first real off-roading adventure.
Because it was our first true off-roading experience, no words can describe what a freakin’ BLAST it was, albeit sometimes nerve-wrecking and stressful. Now that we’ve driven it we cannot recommend doing it in a Toyota RAV4 even with a V6 and 4-wheel drive. We’ve probably done more damage to the vehicle than we can see. Next time we’re renting a Jeep.
The remainder of this post below will showcase mostly pictures from White Rim Road. Unfortunately, the famous, windy Schafer Trail down to the rim from the national park was closed due to ice so we entered from Moab via Potash Road. Much of the road hugged cliffs and the canyon rim, including steep switchbacks on loose gravel with boulders to one side and steep drop offs to the other.
Even before the sun set, temperatures dropped tremendously. Temps dropped to below freezing that night, so we spent most of the evening huddled in our sleeping bags.
Before getting off White Rim Road we made one final excursion by hiking the short 3-mile roundtrip trail to Fort Bottom Ruin. The day before we were rewarded with views of the Colorado River; now we had views of the Green River.
Nothing more could have topped off our 2-day/1-night excursion on White Rim Road other than an evening back with Scromp. After spending the previous night shivering in our sleeping bags in below freezing temps, we fully appreciated the warmth and coziness of our trailer. The gorgeous sunset that night was also icing on the cake.