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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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$138.05*
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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands National Park
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$97.07*
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Canyonlands Backcountry 4x4 Half Day Tour

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Highlight of our trip! Make sure you get your back country permit!

Bring your high clearance 4x4 or rent one and check out this trail! You can go out for a couple hours or get back country camping permits and spend a couple days doing the entire... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Heaven L
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Logan, Utah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are brave enough to drive this trail, make sure that you have nerves of steel and a four-wheel drive. Steep, narrow one-lane dirt road with a drop-off into thin air on one side and the canyon wall on the other, sharp and steep switchbacks, and the occasion fallen rocks in the road make this journey tense and hair-raising.... More 

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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring your high clearance 4x4 or rent one and check out this trail! You can go out for a couple hours or get back country camping permits and spend a couple days doing the entire trail! lots of places on the switch backs where its only wide enough for 1 vehicle so watch for others who may be coming towards... More 

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Thank Heaven L
Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a scenic drive with some steep rocky areas. The scenery is beautiful and not a crowded destination in the fall. Would be great jeep trekking

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Lake George, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I read several reviews after our trip along the entire length of Shafer Trail. I agree that the views along the trail are awesome, even better than from the paved roads and hiking trails within the park. We started our drive from the east along Potash Road and ended with the steep dangerous incline near the Canyonlands Visitor Center. Virtually... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

I was told after asking if the road below was for bicycles or what? If I had know it was so dangerous afterwards I would probably not gone. This road drops over 4,000 feet quickly to the canyon floor. The top view is where Thelma & Louise drove off the cliff in the move Thelma & Louise. First time ever... More 

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Steamboat CO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

This was a fun adventurous road which ends near the Potash Plant outside Moab. Shafer Trail starts in Island in the Sky (CanyonlandsNP) down a hair raising weaving (good but narrow) dirt road down the mesa. Several Big Horned Sheep ran in front of our Jeep. After the steepest part, the Trail meets a junction with White Rim Trail (NPS... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

After talking to a Ranger we took this dirt trail back to Moab, It took 4 hours dropped 5000 feet down sheer Canyons no safety barriers few passing places and thankfully no one daft enough to take this trail My wife sued for Divorce several times and got out and walked in the narrowest and steepest bends When we finally... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

I own a Jeep Patriot with front wheel drive and was seriously considering doig the trail on my own. I consulted someone experienced who recommended I travel from bottom to top of the trail to save my brakes on the step and numerous switchbacks. I consulted comments on this site and found a wide range of recommendations from "did it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I took this trail with my mom, who turned 70 this year. We both loved it. Only wish it was bit longer. It was fairly quick to the bottom. She was enjoying more than I did as I was the one driving. We took this trail to Potash Rd to Moab as we heard that it'll take 11 hours to... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We elected to take the Shafer Trail Road to Potash Road as an alternate route back to Moab from Canyonlands. The park ranger at the visitor center encouraged us and said it would save us time. While the signs caution 4WD as necessary, we proceeded in our AWD Outback based on the ranger. This road is not for the faint... More 

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