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Moab’s road to restroom heaven
A beautiful toilet at the beautiful Rocky Rapid Recreation Area, Utah. Image:  Todd Petersen

A beautiful toilet at the beautiful Rocky Rapid Recreation Area, Utah. Image: Todd Petersen

As Route 128 winds its way through America's stunning red rock country outside of Moab, Utah, a small turning off at Castle Valley takes you down to the Rocky Rapid Recreation Area. Suddenly there it is, standing proud at a bend in the Colorado River, its ventilation pipe mirroring the magnificent Castleton Tower in the background. Route 128 has been designated a Scenic Byway in recognition of its surroundings. Clearly, this extends to its roadside toilets…

Location

Said to be a launching point for canoes, the Rocky Rapid Recreation Area lies between Route 128 and the Colorado River, opposite Castleton Tower, which is marked on the map. The toilet itself wasn't listed on Google Maps - OUTRAGEOUS!

 

After some Google Earth detective work, this might be a more accurate location - close to the Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa:

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Suggested viewing…

As well as providing the spectacular backdrop to this loo with a view, Castleton Tower was the scene of a world record-breaking slackline walk by Théo Sanson, captured in all its glory in this video by Camp 4 Collective:

Incidentally…

Castle Valley, as seen from the Rocky Rapid Recreation Area. Image: Ken Lund

Left to right, the red rocks of Castle Valley are known as: The Convent; Sister Superior; The Rectory; Castleton Tower and Parriott Mesa (which is missing in this photograph). They have featured in a number of films, including John Ford's 1950 western Rio Grande, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Jon Bon Jovi famously filmed the video for his 1990 hit Blaze of Glory on top of The Rectory, while Chevrolet literally placed a car on top of Castleton Tower for a 1964 TV commercial.

And Finally…

Discover more about Moab at the official tourist website. Homepage image is by Scott Ingram.


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Cubicles in the sky - the view from The Shard toilets

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