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Shafer Trail

Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“potash road” (28 reviews)
“wheel drive” (17 reviews)
“high clearance” (18 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Canyonlands National Park, UT
+1 800-833-1278
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

On the advice of the ranger at the Canyonlands Visitor Center, we took the Shafer Canyon Road drive. She said to allow 2 hours, 4WD was recommended and not required and we would "love" it. Not sure if all of these were met. We had...More

Thank PandaHouston
Reviewed 12 November 2017

A buddy of mine and I rented a Jeep at Farabee's rental in town in the morning, went 4 wheeling and ended up busting an axle 20 miles out of town. We called for assistance and were back in Moab by 1:00. Since we paid...More

1  Thank 1VegasJim
Reviewed 29 October 2017

I've read some reviews of this trail on other sites and certainly you can take the switchbacks down without a high clearance vehicle, but if you are driving all the way to Moab you need it. The switchbacks are heart stopping, but what an experience-...More

1  Thank RIki S
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Fantastic views and vistas everywhere. Interesting Potash plant along the way on the lower part. A lot of different looks and areas. Would not take a Car (I like my oil pan were it is :) ) Definitely worth the time, schedule it so you...More

Thank Leslie C
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This hike is very short but worthwhile. You can see the jeep trails traversing the mountains and get wonderful views.

Thank jodiesuek
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

The switchbacks will make you pucker!! Make the run from Moab to Canyonlands via the Potash / Shafer Trail. Going up is such a blast, and the best way to do it. Just looking back on where you came from is outstanding!

Thank Rodney H
Reviewed 1 August 2017

It had rained the day before and we were not sure about the state of the road, which can be tricky at the best of times and treacherous at others so we decided to detour it and did not attempt it. Make sure you have...More

1  Thank GRIMS
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The Shafer Trail is not the beginning of the White Rim Road, but if you're going to be traveling clockwise on the White Rim Road’s 100 miles, the Shafer Trail is considered the primary west entrance to the beginning of the White Rim Road. The...More

3  Thank RB_Advisor
Reviewed 31 May 2017

The drive was not very difficult at all, unlike what other reviewers described. If you did not get your drivers license just couple of weeks ago, you could handle it. You don't really need 4x4 but you donneed high clearance SUV. The roads are wide...More

4  Thank Pong C
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Heavy rain during the night and the ground was muddy and wet so we thought we would stay in the 4x4 Jeep. Found this trail advertised and took it, not for the faint hearted in the wet though. spent 2 - 3 hours getting back...More

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23 October 2017|
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Response from GRIMS | Reviewed this property |
I would not attempt it as it is quite a dangerous road and quite challenging especially with a caravan I would only attempt it with a good 4 wheel drive, and it would be a challenge even for a 4WD especially in bad weather... More