Standing at the top of Shafer Drive it looked okay, a bit steep maybe but what the hey! At only 35 or so miles in length it seemed to be a viable option to driving 80 or so back to Moab. Plus The Boy said he had done it 20 or so years ago in a regular-type car. We had a high-clearance Honda Pilot but no 4-W Drive and the sign said "high-clearance required; 4-W Drive recommended”; that should be okay, right? So, we started out going down-down-down. The views are spectacular and not to worry if you're not afraid of heights (which we’re not) and if you don't run into any cars going in the opposite direction (which we didn't). We got to the bottom without any problems. That's when the rough road started: rocky creek crossings and many steep-climbing gravelly grades. The Pilot bounced a lot but handled these okay although not without concern on my part (mostly I just closed my eyes--I wasn't driving). This continued for the next 30 miles and 3 hours, because we had to go very, very slowly. By this time The Boy, who was driving, began saying over and over again, “Please let the road end; please let the road end!” Then came to the worse part: near the salt plant a big boulder was smack dab in the middle of the road. I did not think we would get over it but we did and I was very, very happy to see the end of Shafer Road and sunset on the Colorado River. I highly recommend this adventure ride but only in a high clearance vehicle with 4 WHEEL DRIVE!!! And it is no shortcut!
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