Long Canyon Road-Pucker Pass

Long Canyon Road, a challenging drive in Utah

Long Canyon Road is an epic adventure located in Grand County, in eastern Utah, in the western United States. The road is truly dangerous. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable.

How long is Long Canyon Road?

Located in the Sky district of the Canyonlands National Park, just north of Moab, the road is 12km (7.5 miles) long running west-east, from UT-279 to UT-313 roads. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable.

Is Long Canyon Road in Utah steep?

The drive offers great views of Long Canyon and the La Sal Mountains. It climbs up from 1.206m (3,956ft) to 1.865m (6,118ft) above the sea level. 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 very steep. The elevation gain is 659 meters. The average gradient is 5.49%. It’s a wide gravel road except through Pucker Pass where it is narrow and steep. Except when damaged by heavy rain, this road is suitable for stock 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Expect outstanding views from top to bottom.

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. 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.

Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: satish yeole

 

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