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Address: Canyonlands National Park, UT

Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.

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Not for the Faint of Heart!!

This trail we have traveled 5 times. We just love to Jeep it!! No guardrails or curbs just drop offs from the trail. If you go to Moab, UT, you must rent a Jeep and do this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Frank K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail we have traveled 5 times. We just love to Jeep it!! No guardrails or curbs just drop offs from the trail. If you go to Moab, UT, you must rent a Jeep and do this trail!!!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

If you are brave enough to drive this trail, make sure that you have nerves of steel and a four-wheel drive. Steep, narrow one-lane dirt road with a drop-off into thin air on one side and the canyon wall on the other, sharp and steep switchbacks, and the occasion fallen rocks in the road make this journey tense and hair-raising.... More 

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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Bring your high clearance 4x4 or rent one and check out this trail! You can go out for a couple hours or get back country camping permits and spend a couple days doing the entire trail! lots of places on the switch backs where its only wide enough for 1 vehicle so watch for others who may be coming towards... More 

1 Thank Heaven L
Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

It is a scenic drive with some steep rocky areas. The scenery is beautiful and not a crowded destination in the fall. Would be great jeep trekking

1 Thank lifeis2goodtimes
Lake George, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I read several reviews after our trip along the entire length of Shafer Trail. I agree that the views along the trail are awesome, even better than from the paved roads and hiking trails within the park. We started our drive from the east along Potash Road and ended with the steep dangerous incline near the Canyonlands Visitor Center. Virtually... More 

1 Thank LakeMotel
Shannon Ilinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I was told after asking if the road below was for bicycles or what? If I had know it was so dangerous afterwards I would probably not gone. This road drops over 4,000 feet quickly to the canyon floor. The top view is where Thelma & Louise drove off the cliff in the move Thelma & Louise. First time ever... More 

2 Thank meken
Steamboat CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This was a fun adventurous road which ends near the Potash Plant outside Moab. Shafer Trail starts in Island in the Sky (CanyonlandsNP) down a hair raising weaving (good but narrow) dirt road down the mesa. Several Big Horned Sheep ran in front of our Jeep. After the steepest part, the Trail meets a junction with White Rim Trail (NPS... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

After talking to a Ranger we took this dirt trail back to Moab, It took 4 hours dropped 5000 feet down sheer Canyons no safety barriers few passing places and thankfully no one daft enough to take this trail My wife sued for Divorce several times and got out and walked in the narrowest and steepest bends When we finally... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

I own a Jeep Patriot with front wheel drive and was seriously considering doig the trail on my own. I consulted someone experienced who recommended I travel from bottom to top of the trail to save my brakes on the step and numerous switchbacks. I consulted comments on this site and found a wide range of recommendations from "did it... More 

Thank Robert G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I took this trail with my mom, who turned 70 this year. We both loved it. Only wish it was bit longer. It was fairly quick to the bottom. She was enjoying more than I did as I was the one driving. We took this trail to Potash Rd to Moab as we heard that it'll take 11 hours to... More 

1 Thank Benny H

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