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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*
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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands National Park
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$85*
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Canyonlands Backcountry 4x4 Half Day Tour

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A great offroad trail for beginners; nothing too hairy and you can manage in an AWD/4WD with 8-9 inch clearance. Note that you need a proper 4WD to do the White Rim Trail.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Matt_B633
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great offroad trail for beginners; nothing too hairy and you can manage in an AWD/4WD with 8-9 inch clearance. Note that you need a proper 4WD to do the White Rim Trail.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a great path but you can just stop and look and photograph the sights of all the rocks formations. Walk, and see everytging

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I drove the Potash Rd. out of Moab to the 4-mile detour to Musselman Arch via the White Rim Trail then finishing with the Shafer Switchbacks. This route is considered an "easy" 4WD trail. You can probably get by with high clearance, however this is not an invitation for the stupid with a minivan. There is some shelf rock in... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This offers great view of the entire view of the canyon this trail is long however you wont regret the time spend when you reach the end.

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Rigby, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have both driven and bicycled this trail. It's fun! Several times when I have been at the bottom and looked back up at the trail, I have thought, who thought they could make a trail here that could be driven? You can camp at Airport which is a short distance away, or turn the opposite direction, drive just outside... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

My wife wouldn't let me drive our rental car down this steep set of switchbacks. Several people, however, stood and watched the 4x4s navigate the road with ease. I get excited just looking at the attached pictures with jeeps climbing the hills. If you have the opportunity to take the White Rim Trail- do it!

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Thank DaleandMary
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This drive was one of the BEST things we did while in Canyonlands NP! Our weather was great, so driving down in a non-4X4 Suburban wasn't an issue at all. I can totally see how one could be in trouble if rain had moved in, though, so mind the weather. We drove slowly and stopped at the turns to check... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

My husband talked to a Park Ranger at Canyonlands who told him that he drove his Suburban down the Shafer Canyon Trail and into Moab, Utah (35 miles). So my husband thought his Chevy Silverado could do the job! The trail is very well maintained, especially in the Canyonlands area. However, because the trail is directly on the "LIP" or... More 

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Thank 50mn34
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We did the Shafer Trail from the top down, simply breathtaking views. We have a 4x4, but never used it, just low gear and watching for anyone coming up. We waited at the switchbacks where there was more room for side by side passing. I would recommend driving it, if you feel confident and want to experience few other visitors.

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Thank John S
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Do this from the park entrance going down ....it is like driving down Grand Canyon ....amazing experience and worth renting a Jeep for the day . No need for a guided tour or experience in 4W driving . The trail has plenty of space to cross people even in the switch backs . for some reason this park is not... More 

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