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Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail by 4x4
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Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“potash road” (28 reviews)
“wheel drive” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had rained the day before and we were not sure about the state of the road, which can be tricky at the best of times and treacherous at others so we decided to detour it and did not attempt it. Make sure you have...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017

The Shafer Trail is not the beginning of the White Rim Road, but if you're going to be traveling clockwise on the White Rim Road’s 100 miles, the Shafer Trail is considered the primary west entrance to the beginning of the White Rim Road. The...More

2  Thank RB_Advisor
Reviewed 1 June 2017

The drive was not very difficult at all, unlike what other reviewers described. If you did not get your drivers license just couple of weeks ago, you could handle it. You don't really need 4x4 but you donneed high clearance SUV. The roads are wide...More

3  Thank Pong C
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Heavy rain during the night and the ground was muddy and wet so we thought we would stay in the 4x4 Jeep. Found this trail advertised and took it, not for the faint hearted in the wet though. spent 2 - 3 hours getting back...More

Thank Felixstowe2016
Reviewed 9 May 2017

You need a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle, patience and nerve if you're going to take this drive. It is quite rough and slow going, but the scenery is magnificent. We came through from Moab towards the Canyonlands NP in the late afternoon/early evening, so there...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Shaffer Trail starts with a "puckering" decent down into the canyon. Great views on the way down for the passengers...drive will have sweaty hands and wont want to turn his head. You are right on the edge, with nothing between you and the canyon floor...More

2  Thank windemuller
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

The Shafer Trail is not very technical 4x4 trail and has a nice escape route out the Potash Road. If you can get a permit, the first couple of campsites are nice. It is remote ... you will not see anyone after 2-3 pm. Night...More

Thank cdlucas41
Reviewed 11 February 2017

If you drive the road from Moab to Canyonlands N. P./Island in the Sky you will notice an unpaved road on the left approximately 500 meters before you approach the Visitor Center of the N. P. By entering and driving this unpaved road you first...More

8  Thank Outlaw2013
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Recently went on a roadtrip with some friends and decided to take on the Shafer Trail. Please find out what you are heading into before you start this trip. We did not know how steep and narrow this trail was and we headed up in...More

5  Thank sarahlew
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This trail we have traveled 5 times. We just love to Jeep it!! No guardrails or curbs just drop offs from the trail. If you go to Moab, UT, you must rent a Jeep and do this trail!!!!

1  Thank Frank K
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