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

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Canyon Drive

Pulse Raising Drive through the canyon., giving magnificent views. A very narrow road which is 2 way with very sharp bends

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
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Doncaster, United Kingdom

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Pulse Raising Drive through the canyon., giving magnificent views. A very narrow road which is 2 way with very sharp bends

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Bountiful, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

If you're driver isn't an idiot it is safe to do! Other reviews seem to claim otherwise, but it simply takes a little bit of an adventurous side to LOVE this trail. This is such a cool trail, and I would definitely recommend anyone to do it with the disclaimer that for the average traveller I would recommend to have... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This is a must do trail. Do not be scared, you do not need a 4x4 although it would make things easier....I did it on my Harley, fully loaded, after a night rain. Left Moab before sunrise, took me over three hours to complete...totally worth it!

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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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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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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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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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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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15 helpful votes 15 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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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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Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Canyonlands National Park

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