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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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Bangalore, India
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Denver
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Cincinnati
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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145 reviews 145 reviews
66 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
91 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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