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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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Great Views and easy off roading

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Holland, Michigan
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Holland, Michigan
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank windemuller
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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 

4 Thank Outlaw2013
Camberley, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
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 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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37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 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 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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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
Lake George, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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 Potash Road and ended with the steep dangerous incline near the Canyonlands Visitor Center. Virtually... More 

1 Thank LakeMotel
Shannon Ilinois
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102 reviews
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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 & Louise drove off the cliff in the move Thelma & Louise. First time ever... More 

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