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Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Reviewed January 23, 2019

We sort of ended up on this road by accident! We took a turn off the main entrance road to Canyonlands NP and next thing we know we were descending this crazy switchback dirt road cut into the vertical red wall cliffs driving a 2WD...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank SpikeMarlin
Reviewed January 5, 2019

We drove from Moab to the Potash Car Park and read on the notice there, that the road from the Potash Car Park to the Canyonlands Visitor Center was recommended for 4x4 vehicles only and that it would take approximately 2 hours. It being late...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Russell D
Reviewed November 19, 2018

With 4x4 or AWD you will pick your way along this trail quite happily. During October, when we were there, better clearance and good traction were essential. Under dryer conditions less competent vehicles could perhaps tackle this trail. Watch for standing water by the salt...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Ron M
Reviewed November 10, 2018

We started our adventure down the Shafer Trail Road-(aka Shafer Canyon Road) from the Canyonland National Park side. Only a few minutes into our trip, we realized why it is recommended that only high clearance 4 WD vehicles should travel this road. We had a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank rideshd
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

Took Shafer Trail on 10-29-18 - couldn’t think of more of an exhilarating thrill ride for my 50th bday - it lived up to the other reviews I read prior to doing this - you definitely need a high clearance vehicle 4x4 is preferred but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank patrickcat07
Reviewed October 20, 2018

Shafer Trail is recognized as one of the most dangerous roads in North America. So beware. If you are afraid of heights--I get nervous standing on a ladder--this might not be the place for you. But if you like extraordinary views of magnificent landscapes that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Be prepared for great views on the this lane and a half road. We climbed up it in mostly 2W drive in a Ford 150. If you have a fear of heights probably not a good thing to try. Be prepared to have to back...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Jeffrey S
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

FYI-Note the Shafer Trail (Shafer Canyon Road) is listed as one of the most dangerous roads in north America by dangerousroads.org. You need maximum road clearance,4WD is not enough. I bottomed out several times driving through the boulder leaden bottom half of the road. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank comcatch2026
Reviewed October 2, 2018

After reading some of the reviews I was nervous about taking my full size pick-up (2008 Toyota Tundra) up Shafer Trail. There really was no reason to worry. The clearance was necessary, the 4WD not as much. My girlfriend drove and had no problems making...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank johnoklh
Reviewed October 2, 2018

You descend from Canyonlands down into the valley via some incredible switchbacks. The scenery and the overlooks are spectacular. We drove down in a Subaru Crosstrek with no problems. Connected to the Potash Road trail to drive back to Moab. It was a great time....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 28, 2018|
Response from RickO814 | Reviewed this property |
You can drive all the way to Moab!! A bit before the White Rim Rd you take the left into the Potash Rd. Follow this road all the way till you drive on the 279. In the corner of the 279 is a parking spot, you can hike to the... More
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Response from GRIMS | Reviewed this property |
I would not attempt it as it is quite a dangerous road and quite challenging especially with a caravan I would only attempt it with a good 4 wheel drive, and it would be a challenge even for a 4WD especially in bad weather... More