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Address: Canyonlands National Park, UT
Description: Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.

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Shafer Trail

This was a great adventure, but a little too much excitement for me. This trail was steep and narrow. I am glad that Sam of Navtec expeditions was our driver. He conducted a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This was a great adventure, but a little too much excitement for me. This trail was steep and narrow. I am glad that Sam of Navtec expeditions was our driver. He conducted a wonderful tour for our group.

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Calgary
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We left Moab on the Potash road to access Canyonland National Park by the Shafer 4x4 trail. It is a very scenic drive that takes one through the canyon floor below Dead Horse Point State Park and past the location of the famous scene in Thelma and Louise where they drive the TBird convertible off the cliff. Once inside the... More 

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Ra'anana, Israel
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Took my Ford Escape + my son from Arches NP, where we stayed, through Potash road (mostly paved) and Shefer Trail up to Canyonlands visitor center. It's a great way to go along the Colorado river. We took the trail at the beginning of April where you need high clearance but 4x4 is not mandatory. We saw few regular cars... More 

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Cos Cob, Connecticut, United States
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43 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I am assuming the many great reviews are coming from off road driving enthusiasts. We started driving down this road. I don't mind doing dangerous things like rafting and rock climbing that are exciting. But having to wonder if I am going to kill my entire family for the "thrill" of driving ten miles an hour on a narrow road... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

My wife hates the road. I love it. Very steep and fun to drive. Plenty of places to pull to the side so that another may pass.

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Auburn, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I have no idea who thought of building such a road but thanks anyway! This is a crazy ride, especially on the way down. The vistas are amazing. If you like Utah (and how can anyone not love Utah!) it's a must-do.

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Portland, Oregon
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197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This "trail" is not for those afraid of narrow roads with vertical drop offs and tight switchbacks but if you can get past all of that, it is well worth your time! Be sure and have your camera ready, an experienced driver at the wheel and plenty of drinking water. Although "high clearance" wasn't 100 percent necessary, a high clearance... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Quite an exhilarating drive. We had a large car with no 4W drive, which would have been helpful. We drove in from Potash Road and then up Shafer Trail to Canyonlands National Park. We passed about 5 cars total, which was a little scary in some places. Let's start from the beginning: Potash Road is interesting- you pass dinosaur footprints... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

REALLY enjoyed this trail. Challenging at times but fine for a new rider. Remember to be prepared and bring water!

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Finleyville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I rode this trail with my wife in a stock Jeep with 31" tires and had no issues with any clearances or obstacles. The weather was alternating between heavy snow and rain which added some excitement to the ride. We started on the side of the trail nearest Canyonlands and did the switchbacks first. The fearful reviews on TripAdvisor had... More 

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