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

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If you have a 4x4, do it!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Auburn, California
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Auburn, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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139 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 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
58 helpful votes 58 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
25 helpful votes 25 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 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Northeast Tennessee
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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We did the drive in an AWD Kia Sorento. The weather for November was superb. Plenty of sunshine and in the mid 50’s. We didn’t have a problem in this vehicle, having said that if it had rained or been raining the drive would have needed a four wheel vehicle. We began the journey on Potash Road which is paved.... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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35 helpful votes 35 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 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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