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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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Fun to drive

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Carol B
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Rigby, Idaho
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Rigby, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Thank Jeffreysgirl2009
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Thank Marikokaneko
Queenstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Put this on your bucket list! I'm afraid of heights,so trust me this was a challenge.this trail is number one on my list for offroad rides. Burr trail,near Capital Reef is also a great ride. Enjoy!

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Thank Dave H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This drive is amazing! But you need to have 4 wheel drive to drive on this road. We advise following someone or making sure other vehicles are going into the canyon with you as its a long drive and you want others around in the event your car breaks down. Drive took us over 2 hours but was the quintessential... More 

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Thank Lynn C
Califon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Okay - you've read the reviews, and seen the pictures. Trust me. No pictures can do justice to the beauty of this drive, or the terrifying climb up 1600 feet on exposed switchbacks barely wide enough for your car at the end. We came upon this road by accident. Driving out of Moab along the Colorado River, looking at all... More 

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Thank karan6
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Absolutely one of the most beautiful drives I've ever done. That being said, let me disclose that I'm NOT a fan of exposure. Despite being beautiful, it was downright terrifying, and my nerves were shot. It' totally worth the fear to see this canyon. The road, although narrow, is well maintained to the bottom of the canyon floor. You can... More 

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