Saturday, October 23, 2021


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

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 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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28 days ago

I was on my motorcycle, holed up in Moab for some torrential rain (causing historic flooding in Hanksville) for a day and overnight. The next day, the plan was to ride on 95 from Blanding to Hanksville, but there was a bridge out so we detoured via Hwy 261. I rode up the Moki Dugway, just after a road grader had turned the gravel surface into a wet, clay, slimy 2 inch thick layer of slippery mud. It was a first gear ride, trying to stay near the cliff edge rather than the dropoff, except when I met the road grader coming back down and I needed to move over by the dropoff. Definitely white-knuckle riding up this road — gravel would’ve been okay — it would be nice to have traction on this road, but this slippery ice-like surface was almost too much on a motorcycle.

3 months ago

I can say we have taken the road less traveled. Headed for Lake Powell Halls Crossing for a house boat rental we found ourselves running lat because of a blown tire on the boat trailer. This put us in Mexican Hat after dark and the shortest highway to the lake was HWY 261. We would have never made this trip in the day time but it was dark. So up the Moki Dugway we went. I kept telling the ladies it is only three miles. We stopped at the top for a much needed break and looked down on where we had been but it was dark. On the return trip in the daylight my ladies refused to make the downward trek and I turned around and went the long way back.

3 months ago

Maybe a column with the roads that present issues/ problems would be helpful to others.

Robert Love
7 months ago

Went up MokiD in the ’70s in Toyota PU with a pop-up trailer. Understand that there have been ‘improvements’ in the track since. Had two hairpins we had to back-and-forth to get around – a real learning experience. Never saw another vehicle. I loved it, stopping to take slides many times. Wife, not so much.

Paul Cunningham
7 months ago

I have driven that road, the MokiDugway in So. Utah

Scott R. Ellis
7 months ago

I’m not sure about that, Paul. The Moki is generally pretty well-maintained–don’t know if I’ve ever been able to make out a distinct “two-track” look like that. But if this is someplace else, I want to drive it, too!

7 months ago

I can’t remember the name of the road in Northern California. We were leaving Lava Beds National Monument and headed east to Nevada. Fortunately, I was driving (a van) or I’m sure I would have had a heart attack. As I approached what appeared to be a solid wall of rock I kept thinking there had to be a way to go around or through. No, the closer I got I could see vehicles winding their way down the rock face. One of them was pulling a trailer! As we headed up I noticed there was no guard rail and very little shoulder. I told the others to help me watch out for any oncoming traffic as I pulled to the middle of the road, we met no one. One of my passengers woke up halfway up, looked out the window, and said, “Oh, Pat, what have you gotten us into”. As a flatlander, I don’t mind telling you I was almost in tears by the time we got to the top!

7 months ago

It reminds me of the old road to Leadville Colorado in the mid 1960’s. It was one lane with wide spots every so often. If you met someone going the opposite direction one would have to back up to one of the wide spots. Not bad for cars but if you had a trailer it was challenging.

Donald N Wright
10 months ago

for me, driving (crawling) up the Moki Dugway state highway in South East Utah.

1 year 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
1 year ago

Nah, the road’s too narrow.

Rory R
1 year 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……

1 year 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
1 year 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.

1 year 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.
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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.


1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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
1 year 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.