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Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Reviewed yesterday

Shafer Trail is recognized as one of the most dangerous roads in North America. So beware. If you are afraid of heights--I get nervous standing on a ladder--this might not be the place for you. But if you like extraordinary views of magnificent landscapes that...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be prepared for great views on the this lane and a half road. We climbed up it in mostly 2W drive in a Ford 150. If you have a fear of heights probably not a good thing to try. Be prepared to have to back...More

1  Thank Biztravr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

FYI-Note the Shafer Trail (Shafer Canyon Road) is listed as one of the most dangerous roads in north America by dangerousroads.org. You need maximum road clearance,4WD is not enough. I bottomed out several times driving through the boulder leaden bottom half of the road. The...More

1  Thank comcatch2026
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading some of the reviews I was nervous about taking my full size pick-up (2008 Toyota Tundra) up Shafer Trail. There really was no reason to worry. The clearance was necessary, the 4WD not as much. My girlfriend drove and had no problems making...More

Thank johnoklh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You descend from Canyonlands down into the valley via some incredible switchbacks. The scenery and the overlooks are spectacular. We drove down in a Subaru Crosstrek with no problems. Connected to the Potash Road trail to drive back to Moab. It was a great time....More

Thank Pat C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For me, the late afternoon drive up the Shafer Trail was a thrilling experience of a lifetime. I enjoy driving but I am very glad that I left it to the expert, Kelly, of NAVTEC Expeditions (part of our Canyonlands, Island in the Sky, half-day...More

Thank EvelynSydney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is amazing for the thrilling experience. We were spending the day in Canyonlands in late September, 2018. We were in route back to Moab. Given we had no Cell service we pulled over at ‘Shafer Trail’ back to Moab. The sign said only 45...More

Thank Graciecolette23
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Unfortunately we had no idea how dangerous this drive would be. Now, after looking it up; it is listed in the dangerous drives online. LOL We were told by a ranger that it is was the way to view a lambing area in Potash. We...More

2  Thank Charweb722
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Did the Shafer Road / Potash Road trip from Canyonlands to Moab on August 24 2018 in a Dodge Grand Caravan carrying 7 people - 5 adults and 2 children. It was pretty stressful, there were three times when I got everyone out of the...More

1  Thank mimold
Reviewed September 5, 2018

I drove the Shafer Trail down from Canyonlands to Moab with my family. I agree with much of the commentary here. The scenery is amazing. This is a great way to experience everything from the canyon rim to the floor. It's a perspective that you...More

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July 28, 2018|
Response from Rick O | Reviewed this property |
You can drive all the way to Moab!! A bit before the White Rim Rd you take the left into the Potash Rd. Follow this road all the way till you drive on the 279. In the corner of the 279 is a parking spot, you can hike to the... More
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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