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Shafer Trail

Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Type: Trails
Description: Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
45 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We took a ride with a local outfit, I cannot remember which one. All I can say is do it. It's exciting. It's scary, It's scenic. It's unforgettable. They have done some grading on the trail. So it's not as difficult a drive as it was, but I recommend you still be careful if you try it yourself. Next time... More

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Houston, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Standing at the top of Shafer Drive it looked okay, a bit steep maybe but what the hey! At only 35 or so miles in length it seemed to be a viable option to driving 80 or so back to Moab. Plus The Boy said he had done it 20 or so years ago in a regular-type car. We had... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We used the trail as a way back to Moab from Canyonlands National park. The highway was nice, but wanted less people more scenery. We started from the top in a Jeep Rubicon Stock. Small is good because some of the hairpin turns are tight. We saw bighorn sheep just sunning themselves on the trail. Once you get down the... More

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McFarland, Wisconsin, United States
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89 reviews 89 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

It looks pretty scary when you look at it from the top of the canyon (or in some of the pictures and videos) but if you just go slow and take your time you should be fine. It's still scary but we did it going from bottom to top without any problems. Worst is meeting others coming in the opposite... More

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Pacific Grove, California, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

On recommendation from friends, we rented a jeep (from Outlaw Jeep Tours) and did the Shafer Trail / Long Canyon loop. Starting out from Moab, enter the Shafer trail from the bottom. Stop at Thelma and Louise Pt., take the short side trip to Musselman Arch and then head up the Shafer Trail. Return to Moab via Long Canyon, head... More

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

A tad of a rush at times...driving by yourself and looking over the edge! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Well worth the time if you have a vehicle suitable to take the drive down or back up. Scenic, twisting switchbacks and awesome rock and cliffs. Could just sit and look at this area for hours!!

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Michigan, USA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
6 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

The reason 4wd is suggested is mainly for higher ground clearance to avoid vehicle undercarriage damage. A stock SUV such as our Dodge Durango does this road with ease. You don't need a jacked-up bouldering jeep. The amazing canyon scenery makes the approximately 3 hour trip well worth your time. We traveled from Moab to the Canyonlands NP Island in... More

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oosterzele
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Before deciding to drive this 18 miles dirt road you need absolutely a four wheel car with high clearance. Best is to be not afraid of heights. The drive can be started both ways : the first option is to take 4 miles out of Moab the Potash Road and to drive the whole Shafer road before arriving ont the... More

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