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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!


Guest Reviews

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Guest Reviews

Taylor S. 9/22/22

VRBO
We have stayed in several of these condos, and love how spacious they are. This place was clean, and even had snacks waiting for us. We like this spot because of it's location; it is a great place to experience the wonders of Moab. We will definitely return one day.
Entrada at Moab 421

Pamela S. 9/22/22

VRBO
This is a large, well kept home in the Entrada community in Moab. We were in Moab to scout out some locations in Arches National Park and Canyonlands for my daughter’s upcoming bridal portraits. We travel to this area frequently to hike and love the beautiful surroundings. This home is ideally located for access to Arches and Canyonlands. The main floor and bedrooms are large, as are the bathrooms. I really appreciated how clean the home was and the extra amenities provided-plenty of bath towels, beach towels, and laundry soap etc. were supplied. I always appreciate owners who provide these things as I can’t stand to make an extra trip to the store to buy things that should be provided with a home rental. The kitchen is well stocked as well. This would be a great home for any family gathering. Nice, large, kitchen table for meals, and, if you have kids they would love the easy pool access as the back of the home is directly by the pool area. Just a note-the bedrooms are upstairs, but very easy stair access and large stairwell area. One thing I did mention to the local property managers was to have black-out curtains put in the master bedroom as the pool lights were bright and they did shine through the blinds. That may have been done since our stay, but it would make it easier if you are a light sleeper. This is a wonderful property and we would definitely reserve it again when we return to Moab.
Entrada at Moab 429

Beth B. 9/23/22

VRBO
This beautiful townhome is 10 minutes from Arches and less than 30 from Canyonlands. It is modern and beautiful, and filled with every amenity needed and more! Comfortable beds and bedding, stocked kitchen, and the property manager was readily available and checked in to ensure our stay was perfect. Excellent hosts, lovely home, and perfect location. Could not ask for more!
Entrada at Moab 420

Kyla C. 9/23/22

VRBO
It was my daughters 21st birthday. There were 15 of us and the house was perfect!
Avalon Havasu

Julie D. 9/27/22

VRBO
Really enjoyed our stay. Kitchen was really well stocked, and we had lots of space to relax. Def would stay again if we look to head back to Moab. Thank you!
Entrada at Moab 611

Joe B. 9/27/22

VRBO
My friends and I loved this place! It’s clean, quiet, decorated well and nicely stocked. The property manager was there to help if we needed anything at all. I plan of staying here again in 2023, can’t wait!
Entrada at Moab 611

Martha C. 9/29/22

VRBO
I checked in on Thursday, September 15 for a nice family getaway the property was very nice and clean it had everything we needed very organized it felt like home! we were very satisfied with our stay and Look forward to our next stay.
Pima Paradise

Francine B. Sept 21, 2022

VRBO
We couldn’t be happier with our experience in Moab, and at the condo! My 7 year old son loved the private kid’s space, we took his Nintendo switch and plugged it in easily for play with his uncle and aunt. It was very comfortable in there, and all were able to spend quality time together. I started with the icing of our trip… I should back up to talk about how comfortable the beds and pillows were for everyone! Plenty of fluffy bath towels were available and the showers were already stocked with soaps and very clean - just like home! The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed for easy breakfast and dinner meals. We all loved the plates and bowls provided, that we inquired where we could find them for our own homes! We all loved the style of the condo. It was nicely decorated, yet not overdone and very livable with all the comforts. Having the double washer and dryer was so convenient, and we were so grateful for the variety of soaps provided, as well as hangers to hang our dark clothes that we didn’t want to dry in the dryer, AND they provided a floor fan! There really was nothing more that we could have asked for! We loved the location, you can’t go wrong staying here! Next time we will bring our mountain bikes, as well as the jeeps :) I’ll also add that we were very impressed with the recommendations for restaurants that were highlighted in the wall, where we could also check out when we were ready to leave. There is VERY good food in Moab - that was a super pleasant surprise. We are still talking about some of the restaurants from our trip in April 2022 for Easter Jeep Week. We had such a good time that we booked our next trip to stay at this location in April 2023! We can’t wait to visit again!
Entrada at Moab 590

Suchitra C. Sept 22, 2022

VRBO
Amazing property. Traveled as a family. Cute little room for the kids!
Entrada at Moab 417

Mahdi D. Sept 21, 2022

Airbnb
This home was hands down the best home I’ve ever stayed in! Beyond word for the hospitality, the home came fully stocked with anything you might need. The host were amazing and super quick to respond when I had question. Cannot wait to come back!
Shoshone
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