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Shafer Trail

Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands National Park
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Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“potash road” (28 reviews)
“high clearance” (18 reviews)
“potash plant” (7 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Canyonlands National Park, UT
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"potash road"
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"high clearance"
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"potash plant"
in 7 reviews
"hairpin turns"
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"the cliff"
in 11 reviews
"canyon floor"
in 9 reviews
"wheel drive vehicle"
in 5 reviews
"heart stopping"
in 3 reviews
"visitor center"
in 12 reviews
"steep switchbacks"
in 4 reviews
"flat tire"
in 2 reviews
"coming down"
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"drive uphill"
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"small vehicle"
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"opposite direction"
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"switch backs"
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"rock face"
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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
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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
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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

3  Thank windemuller
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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

1  Thank cdlucas41
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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
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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
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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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Reviewed 30 November 2016

If you are brave enough to drive this trail, make sure that you have nerves of steel and a four-wheel drive. Steep, narrow one-lane dirt road with a drop-off into thin air on one side and the canyon wall on the other, sharp and steep...More

5  Thank Jill H
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

Bring your high clearance 4x4 or rent one and check out this trail! You can go out for a couple hours or get back country camping permits and spend a couple days doing the entire trail! lots of places on the switch backs where its...More

2  Thank Heaven L
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

It is a scenic drive with some steep rocky areas. The scenery is beautiful and not a crowded destination in the fall. Would be great jeep trekking

1  Thank lifeis2goodtimes
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bonghrms
24 October 2017|
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Response from GRIMS | Reviewed this property |
I would not attempt it as it is quite a dangerous road and quite challenging especially with a caravan I would only attempt it with a good 4 wheel drive, and it would be a challenge even for a 4WD especially in bad weather... More
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