Shafer Trail
Shafer Trail
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Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Crystal
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
You know that stomach dropping, regret-filled feeling you get when you’re strapped into a roller coaster, wondering why you decided to do this and there’s no turning back, but you know it’s going to be fine and over before you know it? Well this is like that except you don’t know it’s going to be ok when you feel like any plethora of rocks could slide onto you, out from under you, or somehow end up off the narrow ledge/road, and it lasts an hour!!! Every muscle in my body was sore afterwards from clenching my muscles and I literally cried. All 3 of us were very scared. Then it started raining which made things even scarier. I wouldn’t do it again, nor recommend, but if you’re a thrill seeker who likes living on the edge (literally) then you’ll love it!
Written August 16, 2022
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AJC_travlers
Idaho Falls, ID285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is a must drive if you have a high clearance, 4 wheel drive vehicle. We descended the trail in our Yukon XL. The trail had recently opened and still had snow in some locations which made for some scary hair pin turns. However, the views are amazing. We continued down the trail to the Potash road and on to highway 239. The road was pretty rough near the ponds.
Written February 28, 2022
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hjt113
Boca Raton, FL72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We took the Shafer trail from Canyonlands all the way back to Moab. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. We took it with a FWD Kia SUV, and we had no problem whatsoever. I personally do not think a 4WD is necessary, but high clearance is definitely a must to avoid damaging your vehicle. The switchback is the easiest part of the road as it is in very good condition, the rest of the road is trickier but nothing impassable. Took us 1h45 from Canyonlands back to Moab with a couple of stops for pictures. Definitely recommend it, as long as you are not afraid of heights and your vehicle has a high clearance.
Written July 27, 2020
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Gary W S
Colorado Springs, CO232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Shafer Trail—About 18 miles from town of Moab to Canyon Lands Visitor Center. Great trip, classic Moab “canyon country”. Shafer Trail is easy road, any SUV, truck, stock jeep can handle with ease. Recommend starting in town, so that you are climbing out of the canyon at the end (rather than starting from Canyon Lands turnoff immediately going down hill. Very good, easy, intro to Moab “experience”.
Written June 22, 2023
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Jordan P
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Full sized F350 with dually went from top to bottom
Of trail. Tight turns totally to able! Hadn’t read any reviews so wanted to post to let you know it’s possible. It’s steep but we did not feel unsafe.
Written April 26, 2021
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Joanna D
Navarre, FL8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Went in 2020 and this has become a near death story telling experience we share with friends lol. Make sure you have enough gas, probably a good idea to have some food and water (just in case) and prepare for no cell service. We were definitely unprepared and did not know what we were getting into. By the time we realized it there was no turning back (literally). We were overcome with fear for the entire two hours it took (13 miles, sharp switchbacks, going 8/9 mph) and our mortality became real. Pretty sure we suffered with acute stress for a few days when trying to go to bed having flashbacks. We can laugh about it now but I don’t think I would ever do that again.
Written November 12, 2022
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Craig G
New Orleans, LA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
It's way less scary than it's made out to be. Even in the narrowest part, you've got about 2 feet of space to the ledge. The "fear" factor is all mental. If you go slow, drive carefully and don't do anything dumb, there's virtually no risk of going over. Scary? Perhaps. Dangerous? No. I was in a 4Runner but could see some long wheelbase vehicles having trouble on the switchbacks. Even at that it's still probably not a big deal. You can see far ahead if someone is coming up then wait by a turn to squeeze through...On the other hand, Potash Road was no joke. The "challenge" in this road really starts when you get past the switchbacks. I suppose you can get through in low clearance and 2WD but there's a risk you're going to bottom out. There are a couple of rough sections and maneuvers. Took us about 2.5 hours from the top to get back to Moab.
Written August 17, 2020
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Mncatkim
Mesa, AZ47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
This is the best road I have ever been on for a heart pounding rush ! I would compare it to the same height anxiety you may have on Gemini bridges road when you overlook Moab! This was phenomenal and the best time of year for weather. It reminds me of skydiving... but really really slowly, so it’s crazy feeling! I was nervous, my hubby was not - if you are like me and heights are kinda freaky don’t drive it have someone else drive. This is not for the faint of heart once you start descending you can’t turn back, you would have a heck of a time. We had our Jeep in 4 wheel drive - hubby put the Jeep in 4low so we didn’t ride the breaks! it’s a step road and can get bumpy. Don’t be mistaken this is a crazy road! The views are amazing and worth the adrenaline rush for sure!!! Loved it! Thank you UTAH!!!
Written May 18, 2021
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Saguaroflower
Phoenix, AZ214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This was really fun!! Don't go beyond Shafer without a 4 wheel drive/high clearance vehicle. Potash Road, which is what you will drive if you don't turn around at the bottom, is true off-roading. We did continue with a 4-runner and it was great, but the wrong vehicle will leave you with car damage and regret. It is also a terrible place to break down. If you have the right vehicle, do Potash. The views are spectacular and it takes about 3 hours. Don't forget to stop at Thelma and Louis Point!
Written May 31, 2021
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James C
Walnut Creek, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Drove this the first week of August after some rainy spells so I was worried about mud (I-70 was temporarily blocked with flash flooding when we came through the day before). The park ranger warned of mud and ledges on Potash.
I’m glad I was warned as this was my first time driving off-pavement and it set my expectations that it would be quite challenging. In reality it was no problem, just bumpy and slow in places but the views were so fantastic that we didn’t care.
10/10 would do it again - never seen anything quite like this before.
Written August 2, 2021
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