Moab Utah travel blog

Looking back to "Camp" From 8,000' pass, with over 8% grades


When we had traveled up to Castle Valley on SR 128 the road was suppose to continue over the La Sal Mountains. We had wanted to take it, but it was closed for construction. After some further research, Dale found that we could go up the road from the south end so we decided to set out and see if we could get over it. We traveled out of Moab about 10 miles and took off on the road that said to La Sal Pass. As we started to climb, another sign said road closed 12 miles ahead for construction. We continued on! The road got steeper and narrower and very sharp turns, but the view was beautiful around each bend in the road. We did run on to the construction at the summit so had to turn around, but the Moab Valley from up near the summit was a sight to see. The aspen had turned their golden color on the mountains which raise up over 12,000 feet and then the view overlooking Moab was worth the ride. It was disappointing to not be able to go over the top, but it will mean we just need to come back and do that another time.

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