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Address: Canyonlands National Park, UT
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.

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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands National Park
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Canyonlands Backcountry 4x4 Half Day Tour
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Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail by 4x4

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All washed out on wet day

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 down to Moab along the trail on some washed out Roads where we had to... More 

Thank Felixstowe2016
Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 was some sun glare (you are basically headed west) but also some great lighting for... More 

Thank Bruce M
Holland, Michigan
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 a few hundred feet below. The 4 x 4 trail is not difficult and a... More 

1 Thank windemuller
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 skies are amazing. Bring water and fuel and you will have zero worries. Lovely spot!

Thank cdlucas41
Wiesbaden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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 won't see anything spectacular for maybe 1 mile but then suddenly you enter the top... More 

7 Thank Outlaw2013
Camberley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 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 a 6 seater Lincoln. Shame on us for not doing our research. The drive started... More 

4 Thank sarahlew
Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 switchbacks, and the occasion fallen rocks in the road make this journey tense and hair-raising.... More 

5 Thank Jill H
Logan, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 only wide enough for 1 vehicle so watch for others who may be coming towards... More 

2 Thank Heaven L
Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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