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Shafer Trail

Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail by 4x4
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

I read several reviews after our trip along the entire length of Shafer Trail. I agree that the views along the trail are awesome, even better than from the paved roads and hiking trails within the park. We started our drive from the east along...More

1  Thank LakeMotel
Reviewed 16 October 2016

I was told after asking if the road below was for bicycles or what? If I had know it was so dangerous afterwards I would probably not gone. This road drops over 4,000 feet quickly to the canyon floor. The top view is where Thelma...More

3  Thank meken
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This was a fun adventurous road which ends near the Potash Plant outside Moab. Shafer Trail starts in Island in the Sky (CanyonlandsNP) down a hair raising weaving (good but narrow) dirt road down the mesa. Several Big Horned Sheep ran in front of our...More

1  Thank SteamboatTravelers
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

After talking to a Ranger we took this dirt trail back to Moab, It took 4 hours dropped 5000 feet down sheer Canyons no safety barriers few passing places and thankfully no one daft enough to take this trail My wife sued for Divorce several...More

Thank Cluckypete
Reviewed 24 September 2016

I own a Jeep Patriot with front wheel drive and was seriously considering doig the trail on my own. I consulted someone experienced who recommended I travel from bottom to top of the trail to save my brakes on the step and numerous switchbacks. I...More

2  Thank Robert G
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I took this trail with my mom, who turned 70 this year. We both loved it. Only wish it was bit longer. It was fairly quick to the bottom. She was enjoying more than I did as I was the one driving. We took this...More

1  Thank Benny H
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We elected to take the Shafer Trail Road to Potash Road as an alternate route back to Moab from Canyonlands. The park ranger at the visitor center encouraged us and said it would save us time. While the signs caution 4WD as necessary, we proceeded...More

Thank BBTX60
Reviewed 24 August 2016

All of this area is awesome and full of beautiful red rocks, the landscape is awesome, you can see where the River cut the Valley. We had left Arizona and were on our way to South Dakota for a Granddaughter's Wedding. It was Apr. 2015.

Thank Kay6677
Reviewed 17 August 2016

A great offroad trail for beginners; nothing too hairy and you can manage in an AWD/4WD with 8-9 inch clearance. Note that you need a proper 4WD to do the White Rim Trail.

Thank Matt_B633
Reviewed 15 August 2016

It was a great path but you can just stop and look and photograph the sights of all the rocks formations. Walk, and see everytging

Thank paws0810
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23 September 2015|
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Trevor D
Could we take the Gemini Bridge trail, explore Canyonlands N.P. and return to Moab via Shafer Trail/Potash Rd. in one day? How long could be explore in Canyonlands? Thanks
24 January 2015|
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