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Potash Road Rock Climbing 

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


An excellent mix of trad and sport lines, often with routes very close together (some contrived sport routes do exist, but this is not the norm) and the ability to belay from your car or with only a very short walk in make the Potash Road crags a must-climb for any visitor. They are also an excellent introduction to some of the more committing desert climbs in the region. You won't find some of the tower climbing, the mudpiles, or the splitter cracks of other areas, but instead flakes, slabs, nubbins, edges, and other features abound.

Well over a hundred routes exist in the Wall Street area alone, and dozens of others on the other roadside crags and in side canyons. Routes range from 5.4 TR slabs to at least 5.12+, with most being in the .10-.11 range but also with many moderate classics (.8-.9s).

Please use the restroom facilities at either the Jaycee Campground (3.9 miles in) or at the "Indian Writing" sign (5 miles in). Use caution with the anchors and rock, and rap when necessary to preserve the rock and anchors; and watch for poison ivy in the summer! Watch for speeding potash-haulers and 4x4s, as well as tourons watching you and not the road, and be sure to park out of the way.

Getting There 

Potash Road (Utah highway 279) is less than five minutes from downtown Moab, and the approach to many of the routes is zero. From Moab drive North on 191 (the main drag) for 1.3 miles past the bridge over the Colorado River (or 1 mile South from Arches NP) and turn South on 191, marked with signs for Potash and 279. All distances to crags are measured from this intersection.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

254 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',38],['3 Stars',105],['2 Stars',88],['1 Star',20],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Potash Road

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Potash Road:
Tastes Like Chicken   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Wall Street
30 Seconds Over Potash   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Wall Street
Potstash   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   Wall Street
Bad Moki Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Wall Street
Flakes of Wrath   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR   Wall Street
Lucy in the Sky with Potash   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   Wall Street
Nervous in Suburbia   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Wall Street
Brush Painted Datsun   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Day Canyon : Day Canyon Cragging Routes
Tequila Sunrise   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   Long Canyon : Maverick Buttress
Baby Blue   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   Wall Street
Astro Lad   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Wall Street
Gunsmoke   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   Long Canyon : Maverick Buttress
Mini Skirts And Halter Tops   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Long Canyon : Shady Crag
Static Cling   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Wall Street
Peccadillo   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad   Long Canyon : Long Canyon North
Miss Kitty Likes It That Way   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Long Canyon : Maverick Buttress
Happy Hunting Grounds   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a A0     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 190'   Long Canyon : Warrior Tower
Knapping With The Alien   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Wall Street
Under the Boardwalk    5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   Wall Street
Horizontal Mambo   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Wall Street
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Featured Route For Potash Road
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe Ballent on Baby's First Splashdown.

Baby's First Splashdown V1 5  UT : Moab Area : ... : Wasp King Boulder
Depending on water levels, you'll be able to mantle onto a nice shelf to stand on for the start. Lots of left and right-leaning holds. Be ready to stretch. About three-quarters of the way up, mantle up to a sitting position. If you're climbing in the summer, watch out for gigantic Dobson flies. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Potash Road Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Kyle Copeland with snugglebear chalk bag. Photo by...
Kyle Copeland with snugglebear chalk bag. Photo by...
Rock Climbing Photo: Potash Rd at night
Potash Rd at night
Rock Climbing Photo: Corona Arch (next to Bowtie)
Corona Arch (next to Bowtie)
Rock Climbing Photo: Potash Road
Potash Road
Rock Climbing Photo: Potash Road excursion: Bowtie Arch
Potash Road excursion: Bowtie Arch
Rock Climbing Photo: Puffball-mushrooms in the desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Puffball-mushrooms in the desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Potash as viewed from Kane Creek road.
BETA PHOTO: Potash as viewed from Kane Creek road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Potash road at night
Potash road at night
Rock Climbing Photo: Potash as viewed from Kane Creek road
BETA PHOTO: Potash as viewed from Kane Creek road
Rock Climbing Photo: Potash petroglyphs
Potash petroglyphs
Rock Climbing Photo: Corona Arch
Corona Arch
Rock Climbing Photo: another one of Bowtie
another one of Bowtie
Rock Climbing Photo: Potash Road
Potash Road
Rock Climbing Photo: Deep water soloing- wall street
Deep water soloing- wall street
Rock Climbing Photo: Corona Arch, popular with the rap/rope swing crowd
Corona Arch, popular with the rap/rope swing crowd

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By Anonymous Coward
Mar 13, 2004
Great hangout, bring suntan lotion, watch for speeding semi trucks, and have fun.

Load up on food and water in town and take a left one you head west over the river.

Remember to watch where you camp, cause you might get a ticket if you are in the wrong spot.
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Mar 30, 2009
Kudos to Sam Lightner Jr. / ASCA for replacing virtually every piece of steel on Potash. Most popular anchors are now sporting fat, modern, and painted hardware.
Nov 28, 2011
5 or 6 years ago, my wife and I did some stellar bouldering down this road (south side of the river), on par with Big Bend bouldering. Exotic red rock with white spots.
By bend
Jun 22, 2012
this is a shot in the dark but i was swimming and climbing along the colorado the weekend of 15th and left a pair of 5.10 moccasins size 9.5 at the lone boulder along potash rd next to the indian writing sign :( if someone happened to find them and then look on this site that would be amazing !

thanks and i guess ill throw a reward in :)
By Graden
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 29, 2015
Had a really great time climbing here. Having trouble identifying the last climb we did that day, it was the last sport route before the petros. Anyone know the name or grade of that climb?

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