YOU DO NOT (repeat: DO NOT) want to drive on this road

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What’s the scariest road you’ve ever driven down? There are many of them across the U.S., but the road in the photo below just might have them all beat…

You know that feeling when your heart drops into your stomach and your toes start to tingle and you just might pee your pants? That’s the exact feeling we get when we look at this photo, which we found on the CampingRoadTrip.com Facebook page.

This photo was taken by @ThisWildIdea, who runs a beautiful Instagram account with 1.3 million followers.

Would you drive this road or have you driven down one similar? Tell us in the comments.

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Tony
24 days ago

I would probably take a road like that, but if the DW is on board, I couldn’t get within 5 miles of it.

Bob Weinfurt
27 days ago

Nah, the road’s too narrow.

Rory R
29 days ago

I make it a point NOT to drive on these kinds of roads even in my toad (Jeep). Call me chicken but someone once said, those kinds of white knuckle trips can take years off your life, and that’s if you don’t fall off the cliff. I don’t know how much time I have left and I sure don’t want to shorten it……

Dpsdebi7
30 days ago

We were Jeepin’ around the Engineer Pass region of Colorado and took a side road that eventually came out to paved highway just south of Ouray, CO. I white-knuckled the whole trip as there were hairpin curves and shelf roads. Hubby even had to get out to see how big a drop the road was as we couldn’t see it over the hood of the Jeep. I was never so scared in my life and when we got to that paved highway, I got out and kissed the ground!

Beverley Fitch
30 days ago

In West Texas we traveled on a dirt road over this mountain which had a large drop off. I don;t know the highway that ended at this store/motel office. The was the alternative to driving all the way back to the nearest town. We did meet a pickup pulling a cattle trailer. We had to back up till their was a turn onto some property and open a gate so the guy could pull in so we could continue. I don’t like looking over the edge when you can’t see anything but down.

Bill
30 days ago

Harts Pass road to Harts Pass campground and fire lookout off of Highway 20 in mid-north Washington. It has a bend in the middle that caused my co-pilot to walk ahead to make sure no one was coming opposite. She could barely open the door enough to get out because of the cliff face on passenger side and on the driver’s side it was about a 600′ drop almost straight down. We in our 69 Chevy with Westways 10′ camper were the only hard sided non-van rig in the campground and I know why.

Sharon W.
30 days ago

Being natives of “flat Florida” we took a dream trip to Yellowstone. Alas, no camping. When traveling from Yellowstone to Cody, Wyoming my husband and I drove over a mountain . . . don’t even know the name of the road but it was dark and VERY SCARY for us not being used to mountain driving! We normally would talk to each other non stop about the beautiful scenery, but both of us remained very quiet during that ride. This sounds morbid, but I started counting the markers on the roadside where deaths had occurred only because I saw so many and came up with 52 markers! We of course made it, but talked about it for days. And may I say how much I enjoy reading RV Travel! I look forward to it every day. Thanks again 🙂

Ray Leissner
30 days ago

Everyone has at least one encounter with a scary road. As a veteran driver these may give me moments of anxiety but I have one I will never forget. This road had no name as it lead to a ghost town. We had driven many a mile on scary roads before. On this one I had invested considerable distance out of the 50+ miles to get there when I bypassed the first of two road closed signs. These roads were clearly passable. However, with about 5 miles to go the road became one lane, carved out of a steep hillside, very narrow and potholded. There is a reason why these roads become impassible. No one uses them. Plus their switchbacks were not made with automobiles in mind. I was on the outside of the curve when I came to one switchback so sharp, narrow and steep my truck hood obscured the edge of the road. Now that is scary. I creeped around the curve, finding out only later I had scraped a little paint off a front inside fender in the process. The scratch serves as a great reminder.

Bill J
30 days ago

We’ve driven this road, and a number of others like it in Utah, though I’ll grant that we have a relatively small trailer. Fish Creek Hill on AZ SR 88 used to look like this until there were so many accidents that the HIghway Dept gouged another foot or two out of the cliff face, and added guard rails. And going southbound on the Coronado Highway (US191) just south of Hannigan Meadow, AZ, is trickier because it is paved, giving you a sense of safety. But it has sudden awesome drops of greater than 15% downgrades with a very tight, narrow, and invisible hairpin turn at the bottom. And it is common to find a cow standing across the road at the end of the turn. Speed greater than 5 mph is an invitation to disaster.
Wish I could attach a photo – I’ve got a doozy.

Bill

John
1 month ago

Sharon
Moki Dugway (261) is in SE UT & connects with UT 95 west of Blanding & US 163 west of Bluff.
There is a dead end dirt road that goes from UT12 (east of Escalante) SE until it ends overlooking hole in the rock crossing.
There is a second dirt road that goes south from Escalante and wanders around until it finally connects with US 89 at Big Water.
The third dirt road goes south from UT12 @ Henrieville and past Kodachrome Basin State Park until it connects with US 89 @ Paria Contact Station west of Church Wells

John
1 month ago

Sharon
29 days ago

We have driven the Moki Dugway; following a ranger’s suggestion, we drove our Jeep Wrangler pulling a teardrop over Miller Peak to Parker Canyon Lake campground…

Sharon, Miller Peak & Parker Canyon Lake are in south central Arizona just north of the Mexican Border and southwest of Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista.

Tony Sauer
2 months ago

My father and brother were log truck drivers and I rode many trips in trucks when we couldn’t see the edge of the road over the hood of the truck. Only once have I driven my old motorhome on a logging road I shouldn’t have. It had old drum brakes and even though I kept it in first gear, I had no brakes for the last half mile. Thank goodness nobody was coming the other way.

jillie
2 months ago

Then there is another and this woman told us O yeah take route 12 to Bryce Cannon its an easy peasy run. Do not listen to this woman. It is a gas station mexican restuarant and you either go straight on or turn. Do not listen to her. That road was a nightmare with the trailer. I wish I never listened to her. OMG To this day I remember mom going OMG what were we thinking.

jillie
2 months ago

OK this road looks just like the road that comes into town from the back roads into Jerome. You take this road from Williams, you have to force GPS to find this road but you will find it. You go thru town and just stay on it until you find a road called Perkinsville. Trust you me I am glad I did not have the camper or I would have been like you gotta be kidding me It looks just like that one. So if you like roller coasters? Perkinsville Road that follows straight into Jerome AZ. Yeah man I will never do that again. Mom died 14 weeks and that was her crazy idea. That keeps me from crying when she says what was I thinking.

KellyR
2 months ago

Came up a road like this in Kentuck or Tenn, but trees on both sides, in our converted Ford Van. I just had to see what was at the top. Nothing. Had to back down about 1/2 mile. Wife won’t let me explore anymore.

James Pollifrone
2 months ago

Drove California’s highway 1 with my wife after camping along the coast near the Hearst Castle to Monterey in a 34ft motorhome towing a Jeep years ago, not knowing how narrow it was and nowhere to turn around. Took my time, luckily there wasn’t too much traffic that I could see behind me, although in some of the turns I could see the back of the jeep, finally made it to Monterey where I was able to take the highway inland towards San Jose. For the whole trip my wife kept telling me to not do this ever again.

Lyn
2 months ago

I really hope you give magnificent Highway 1 another chance. This time, in your Jeep or even better, on a Harley!

rvgrandma
2 months ago

My first thought was the movie ‘The Long Trailer’.

Lyn
2 months ago
Reply to  rvgrandma

I’ve watched that movie so many times. It makes me belly-laugh each and every time. A true classic.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Lyn

Hi, Lyn. I saw that movie when it first came out, when I was about 6. I can still remember how scared I was watching it, and for a long time afterward. I guess I should watch it again so I can enjoy the humor in it. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Diane M
2 months ago

The W Road between Signal Mountain and Chattanooga, Tennessee, has hairpin turns that no 5th wheel, travel trailer, or motor home should ever try to negotiate. Don’t try it! Google it and see some of the photos.

Bob Weinfurt
2 months ago

Think I’ll pass this one by
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Bob
2 months ago

You guys in the West think you have the best roads. Come East and do the Mt. Washington road. We made it to the first turnout. Decided to go for “The Covered Wagon”, a Chevy van with a special transmission. Even that was somewhat scary!
But well worth it. We were in shorts. At the top, had to buy sweatshirts due to the temp difference.