Long Canyon Road is a challenging drive in Utah

Long Canyon Road is an epic adventure located in Grand County, in the US state of Utah, in the western United States. The road is truly dangerous.

Long Canyon Road-Pucker Pass

Where is Canyon Road in Utah?

The road is located in the Sky district of the Canyonlands National Park, just north of Moab, in the eastern part of Utah.

How long is Long Canyon Road?

The road is 12km (7.5 miles) long running west-east, from UT-279 road to UT-313, a paved road leading in to Dead Horse Point State Park.

How is Long Canyon Road?

High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable except when damaged by heavy rains. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. The majority of this trail is pretty smooth, however, there are a few bumpy sections; especially when you head through Pucker Pass where it gets both narrow and bumpy. It’s a wide gravel road except through Pucker Pass where it is narrow and steep. Uphill travel has the right of way, but not everyone knows this. Use common sense and caution when passing other vehicles. It was named Pucker Pass by some imaginative Jeepers back in the days when a drive down the canyon was a lot more hair-raising than it is now. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs. Along the way, the road takes you under a huge boulder that has fallen over the road creating a mini tunnel. 

Is Long Canyon Road in Utah steep?

It climbs up from 1.206m (3,956ft) to 1.865m (6,118ft) above the sea level. It’s very steep. The elevation gain is 659 meters. The average gradient is 5.49%.

Is Long Canyon Road in Utah worth it?

Expect outstanding views from top to bottom. The drive offers great views of Long Canyon and the La Sal Mountains.

Is Long Canyon Road in Utah open?

Open all year weather permitting, do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Best done when dry. After heavy rainstorms, Pucker Pass may be more difficult.

Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: satish yeole