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Address: Canyonlands National Park, UT
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.

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If you drive the road from Moab to Canyonlands N. P./Island in the Sky you will notice an unpaved road on the left approximately 500 meters before you approach the Visitor Center... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Wiesbaden, Germany
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you drive the road from Moab to Canyonlands N. P./Island in the Sky you will notice an unpaved road on the left approximately 500 meters before you approach the Visitor Center of the N. P. By entering and driving this unpaved road you first won't see anything spectacular for maybe 1 mile but then suddenly you enter the top... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently went on a roadtrip with some friends and decided to take on the Shafer Trail. Please find out what you are heading into before you start this trip. We did not know how steep and narrow this trail was and we headed up in a 6 seater Lincoln. Shame on us for not doing our research. The drive started... More 

2 Thank sarahlew
Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

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!!!!

1 Thank Frank K
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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 

3 Thank Jill H
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 

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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 

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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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