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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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Most Scenic & Thrilling Trail I Have Ever Driven

This trail, along with Potash Rd, provides some of the most incredible thrills and scenery around Moab. First off, understand that if you try this in a low ground clearance SUV... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trail, along with Potash Rd, provides some of the most incredible thrills and scenery around Moab. First off, understand that if you try this in a low ground clearance SUV you will most likely damage something. Most of the road doesn't require 4-wheel drive, but there are a few spots where it comes in really handy. I saw an... More 

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Silverdale, Washington
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108 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hold on to your hat and stomach as you head down into the Canyon. The road is fun like a roller coaster is fun. If you are afraid of heights you might want to rethink this one. The views are awe inspiring and the photography fabulous.

Thank Brent M
San Antonio, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Never go through this road!!! Unless you want to die!!! There is nothing but cliffs!!! Cliffs!!! Cliffs!!! Don't try it!!!!! Seriously woman don't let your man drive you through there.... You will die or die of a heart attack!!!!! There is no rails, very narrow and you can fall off the cliff so don't try it!!! Extremely dangerous!!!!

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Vancouver, Canada
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56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

One of the more exciting and challenging vehicle activities to do in Canyonlands National Park. Most tourists don't have 4x4s so there is relatively few people crowding the Shafer Canyon. While you're there make sure to take a detour and see the Musselman Arch. Spectacular scenery prepare to spend a full day doing it alone as there are lots of... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Touring the Shafer Trail is a great ride. Some reviewers suggest that it is very scary. I don't think the road is particularly scary, but if you are driving a standard vehicle, there is a high risk of a flat tire. Some sections of the trail go over jagged rocks. A flat tire could leave you stranded for hours and... More 

Thank MN_Fernando
Springfield, Ohio
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157 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Just past the entrance booth to Canyonlands National Park, the Island in the Sky district, turn left to the incredible, amazing, dangerous Shafer Canyon Road, it is an unpaved road and it´s advisable for a four-wheel- drive vehicle. The Road is in the upper side of the canyon, from here you´ll be able to see a whole landscape with the... More 

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Ocean, New Jersey
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Trails along the cliff side with multiple hairpin turns. Can be a little tricky for trucks with a wide turning base as we watched others shimmy back and forth to get around some of the turns. Can be scary when you meet someone coming in the opposite direction when on the cliffs

Thank Helen G
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It´s located near 30 miles away from Moab, Utah, 11 miles down US 191 headed north and you must turn left in UT-313 westbound and the island in the Sky Rd, and drive almost 15 miles just to the Park Entrance, it´s important to know there´s no food, no drink no lodge inside the park. Just a few miles before... More 

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Hell, Michigan
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622 reviews
213 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Our ride down the Shafer Trail in our rented Jeep was a blast and I'm so glad that we did this drive. The hair pin turns near the top as you descend into the canyon are nerve racking but the views are stunning. We took a side trip down the White Rim Road to see Mussleman Arch but returned to... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

I love this ride in DuneBuggy. In a buggy you can feel the the trail. I had a unhappy experience with woman Ranger trying to bar ride up Shafer trail. She did not know difference between stree legal dune buggy and side by side. Over zealous but uninformed Ranger.

Thank Bill L

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