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La Sal Mountain Loop

20 miles south of Moab is a splendor to behold, as it is home to the La Sal Mountains located within the Manti-La Sal National Forest. With mountain peaks reaching as high as 13,000 feet, the La Sal Mountains are the second highest mountain range in Utah. These alpine beauties offer an abundance of opportunity ranging from hiking to mountain biking, camping, birdwatching, fishing, and breathtaking leaves changing in the fall. The La Sal Mountain Loop Road Scenic Byway is a paved loop that extends 60 miles from start to finish. It is a perfect way to experience the ranging beauty of the area, from the gigantic mountain peaks to the red rock canyons below. Plan for the drive to take about three hours from start to finish, which allows for a slow pace and stops at the viewpoints.

La Sal Mountain Loop Logistics

From Moab, head north on US Highway 191 before turning right on Scenic Byway 128, just before the bridge. About three miles in, you’ll enter Grandstaff Canyon, renowned for its hiking. However, if you’re just passing through, you’ll appreciate the view of the creek tying into the Colorado River. Another three miles ahead, you’ll encounter Big Bend Recreation Site. Unfortunately, swimming in the river is not recommended, but there’s still plenty do with river access, a nice beach, a picnic area, and disabled access facilities.

Next, you’ll want to turn right at Castle Valley Road. Continue the drive four miles up and keep your eyes peeled for Priest and Nuns rock formations, as well as Castle Rock – all of which are well known for their cameos in various John Wayne movies. Continue the drive another seven miles before turning right again, and as you enter the National Forest, notice the change in elevation as you cruise. High desert trees such as pinion and juniper start to give way to oak, larger pine, and eventually aspens (which are truly a sight to see when their leaves change in fall).

Your steady climb will eventually bring you to an array of spruce and fir which naturally has us recommending you drive with the windows down so the crisp alpine air can kiss your cheeks and you can breathe in the delicious scent of the thriving forest. There are plenty of outlook points to stop at along the way as you make your way through Mill Creek Canyon, and then one more ascent in elevation before you descend back into the red rock valley, tying back into US Highway 191 and heading north to get back to Moab.

Contact us today to learn more about La Sal Loop Road and to book your Moab rental!


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Guest Reviews

Brian Sept 17, 2021

Entrada 420b
The property was VERY NICE and well maintained. The owners have done a GREAT JOB making sure this home has everything you need while you are traveling. Great location to everything in and around Moab. We will be going back next year and this is the only place we will stay!

Christine Sept 19, 2021

Entrada 598
Entrada at Moab 598 is a beautiful townhouse within the Moab city, access to shopping, Arches, Zip-lining, Paddle-boarding and ATV rental locations were mere minutes away. The kitchen is extremely well stocked with gadgets for all our cooking and baking needs.

Melody Sept 19, 2021

Entrada 590
We really enjoyed the property. The kitchen has all the tools you need for cooking. The grill is right off the dining room. The bed we slept in was super comfortable (firm). It appeared to us that it was pretty new. I like the no-shoes in the house rule. It was close to downtown enough that you didn't have to drive far, but far enough from downtown not to hear any noise from it. There were two families next to us (attached by one wall) and we didn't hear a peep. I really like that it's an end unit, with a little privacy wall. I looked at several units online and didn't want one that everyone was walking past to the pool. This place is classy. Well done!

Anne Sept 19, 2021

Entrada 417
I wish all air bnbs were as nice and as comfortable as yours. It was so clean, great location, and a great place to spend the week!

Bryan Sept 20, 2021

Entrada 620
We really enjoyed our stay at Entrada 620! It is clear that Scott and Sarah went the extra mile to provide just about everything one would need for a stay in Moab (Examples include extra towels, kitchen stocked with a wide variety seasonings, etc) Location is very central...close to the downtown scene. We enjoyed taking the "townie" bikes out for dinner! We were an adult only group but tons of families staying in the neighboring units created a fun little weekend neighborhood scene.

Greg Sept 21, 2021

Entrada 632
Property looks brand new; very clean and convenient. Kitchen is stocked with everything needed. Only caveat is that all bedrooms are upstairs so elderly parents would not have worked. Otherwise, great location for the holiday weekend. Walking distance to Moab aquatic center and Main Street.

Ruchir Sept 22, 2021

Entrada 417
Hi there, We had a fantastic stay. Location was great. Rooms were perfect and the house was very well kept. The extra beddings and towels were very well appreciated. We'd strongly recommend this place to anyone coming into Moab.

Corey Sept 26, 2021

Entrada 432
The check in process was painless. The internet was fast. The appliances were new. The couch was comfy and the rooms were clean. We highly recommend staying at this townhome. There was an issue with noisy folks in the pool but the management team shut it down within minutes. Literally within minutes. Will be back!

Shari Oct 03, 2021

Entrada 602
Absolutely amazing property! We had the best time here. The condo is so roomy and is on point with everything you will need and so clean. It fit our family of 8 adults and 4 kids with tons of room left over. Close to Canyonlands, Arches and a new favorite just up the street is Kane Creek Canyon. The pool was also a plus and the proximity to downtown. We tried to do it all but time runs out. Julie was amazing and so accommodating. We loved this place so much we will for sure add it to our VRBO list of yearly vacations.

Andrea Oct 03, 2021

Entrada 611
We absolutely loved our stay here. The condo is great and very comfortable - nice furnishings/decor, a well-appointed kitchen (even for people who like to cook), and many thoughtful touches (e.g., basket of pool towels, 6 townie bikes and helmets for use around town, hose to wash dirty mountain bikes, nice bbq, etc.). The four bedroom layout with 3 full baths is great for a group of family or friends and the location is close to town (bikeable) and also close to the pool and hot tub. We will definitely stay here again!
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