My friend and I had actually gone down this trail in June of 2008 (we were at Canyonlands again in June 2011). We wanted to do some 4-wheeling and were told about this trail at the visitor's center so we decided to give it a try. We started at the top and had driven down to the bottom and I must say I have never been so scared in my life. We were in a Nissan Frontier truck (4dr cab, 4-wheel drive) and at times my friend could not tell which way the trail went and we hoped we would not end up going over the sheer drop-offs. We kept hoping no one was coming up from the bottom because there was absolutely no way to pull over or back up. I have had a job that involved dangerous situations but this experience scared me to death more than my job ever did. I had a death-grip on the interior bar/handle in the truck (also known as an "OH MY GAWD!!!" bar) and I had pretty much felt that my life was going to end that day. About half way down there was an orange cone marking where some of the path had fallen away, which we thought was absurd because the whole trail seemed very hazardous to us. I can't describe the relief I felt once we made it to the bottom. I don't like heights to begin with but never dreamed it would be this terrifying. I had thought it would be fun to have a little adventure and we both said "how bad can it be??". The times that my eyes weren't closed tight, I would just stare at the mountain wall next to the truck. Every now and then I would try to look out down into the canyon just to try to overcome my fears and experience the views. I was just at Canyonlands again in June 2011 and took some photos from an overlook of Shafer Trail and I still get weak-kneed when I think about riding down the canyon. I refuse to do it again and I got nervous just watching the other vehicles that were on the trail. I suppose this would be a great trail for those who have nerves of steel and love adventure but this is just a bit too much, in my opinion.
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