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Shafer Trail

Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Type: Trails, Outdoors
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Owner description: Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
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Evergreen, Colorado
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is an awesome drive and can be made a loop by combining with potash road. We made a day of it by starting out on Potash Road, first stopping at the entrance to Poison Spider to view the dinosaur tracks, further down the road we stopped at the Corona Arch trail head and hiked for a couple hours, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We drove the Shafer Trail in our family Hyundai Santa Fe, with front wheel drive, at the end of September 2014, primarily based upon reviews here at TripAdvisor. We would not recommend the lack of 4-WD for this trail at this time. We had the ground clearance needed, and we successfully completed the trip from Canyonlands to Potash (and pavement),... More

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Knysna, South Africa
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100 reviews 100 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

If one has 4 wheel drive experience driving off road the this is a must do trail. The views as one descends into the canyon are breathtaking, not to mention the heart stopping drop only inches from your tyres. It takes about 2,5 hours before you get to the paved Potash road so plan accordingly. There will be lots of... More

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Bangalore, India
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26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Trio again, breathtaking, fascinating drive along the death defying rough narrow spine tingling trail with high cliff on one side and shear steep cliff drop on other, hands tend to go automatically to grab hand holds! Be prepared for one of the most scenic death defying trail drive!!

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Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

have not been there although have been all around it and intend to take that "RIDE" next time there -- in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, thank you

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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My husband and I rented a Jeep from Canyonlands Jeep Adventure in Moab. Both the man and the woman (whose names I unfortunately do not recall) could not have been friendlier or more helpful. The man asked if we would like some suggestions on how to make the most of our time with the Jeep. He suggested that we make... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We did this as a loop road with Long Canyon. We went down Shafer Trail/Potash Rd. and up Long Canyon. The entire loop was the highlight of our time in the area. We were driving an F-250 crew cab. We did not have any trouble. Shafer Trail was fine in the truck. Long Canyon was fine but would be better... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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81 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The other reviews tell it all. High clearance vehicle is needed due to having to drive over boulders, through dips and through mud puddles if it rained heavily some days before. When we did Shafer Trail, starting uphill, in the Canyonlands Park in 2006, I remember I was really scared at times but still liked it overall. This time, knowing... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon, USA
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This does not take any special vehicle (but an SUV would be much easier than a car) to go from Island in the Sky to Moab, but it's rough and a little slow going in quite a few places. It's a wide graded single lane road but always plenty of room to meet another car. The switchbacks coming down from... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I am an experienced mountain driver, but the view from the Shafer Trail Overlook in the park made me think twice about driving this. The road had recently been graded (how?!?) and was dry and in good condition, so we went ahead. Always check with the ranger at the Visitor Center! Our teens loved the drive. I did this drive... More

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