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

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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands National Park
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Trails along the cliff side with multiple hairpin turns. Can be a little tricky for trucks with a wide turning base as we watched others shimmy back and forth to get around some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Helen G
Ocean, New Jersey

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Ocean, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

Trails along the cliff side with multiple hairpin turns. Can be a little tricky for trucks with a wide turning base as we watched others shimmy back and forth to get around some of the turns. Can be scary when you meet someone coming in the opposite direction when on the cliffs

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

It´s located near 30 miles away from Moab, Utah, 11 miles down US 191 headed north and you must turn left in UT-313 westbound and the island in the Sky Rd, and drive almost 15 miles just to the Park Entrance, it´s important to know there´s no food, no drink no lodge inside the park. Just a few miles before... More 

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Hell, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Our ride down the Shafer Trail in our rented Jeep was a blast and I'm so glad that we did this drive. The hair pin turns near the top as you descend into the canyon are nerve racking but the views are stunning. We took a side trip down the White Rim Road to see Mussleman Arch but returned to... More 

Thank trbeer
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I love this ride in DuneBuggy. In a buggy you can feel the the trail. I had a unhappy experience with woman Ranger trying to bar ride up Shafer trail. She did not know difference between stree legal dune buggy and side by side. Over zealous but uninformed Ranger.

Thank Bill L
Moab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Not for the faint of heart, Shaver Trail is a scenic wonder along deep canyons, ledges and across mesas cut from more than 350 million years of the geologic record of the Colorado Plateau. Bring a Roadside Geology guidebook along, but read it first. Bring a current map, cameras, a cooler with lots of water and a picnic lunch, and... More 

Thank Dean K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We took our F350 Dually down this road, had to back up twice to get around hairpins. One of the scariest roads I've been down but beautiful and worth it. Once you get down the White Rim Trail and Potash Road just blow you away, a must do. We plan on coming back and doing the complete 100 mile loop... More 

Thank Steve S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Wow, stunning views in the canyon. You get a different perspective. The scary part about the drive down were the switchbacks. We have a Ford 350 with a long bed. A few of the turns were hairpins, so we had to backup a little to make the turn. We drove all the way to view the Musselman Arch, then instead... More 

Thank Liz S
Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It's a beautiful place but a dangerous and scary road. We went with an experience guy who was super nice and knew his way around it. I was so scared that I couldn't enjoyed it. I was so upset with myself. I wish I knew how dangerous it was before going. I will never to it again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We drove this track on recommendation of a fellow traveller who said we would be fine in our F250. Well, we have an 8 ft tray and I can tell you, it was not easy to negotiate the switchbacks, having to back up to get around and not being able to see the road in front of us. Pretty scary... More 

Thank AustraliaBoo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Great first stop on your way into canyonlands I recommend doing the hike in the morning but the overlook is pretty at any point during the day.

Thank Spencer V

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