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Shafer Trail

Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Cattle trail which can be used by sport vehicles.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“potash road” (29 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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+1 800-833-1278
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"potash road"
in 29 reviews
"high clearance"
in 18 reviews
"potash plant"
in 7 reviews
"hairpin turns"
in 5 reviews
"the cliff"
in 11 reviews
"canyon floor"
in 9 reviews
"heart stopping"
in 3 reviews
"steep switchbacks"
in 4 reviews
"visitor center"
in 12 reviews
"wheel drive vehicle"
in 5 reviews
"flat tire"
in 2 reviews
"coming down"
in 4 reviews
"drive uphill"
in 2 reviews
"small vehicle"
in 2 reviews
"super scenic"
in 2 reviews
"switch backs"
in 3 reviews
"opposite direction"
in 5 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We did rent a jeep @ Canyonlands Jeep in Moab, Steve provided a big cooler with ice. Me and my wife filled it with cold drinks and food and went out for an off road adventure.. All I can say we did book this Jeep...More

Thank Rick O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I did the trail from the top down. I was a little nervous at first but got use to the heights without guard rails. I left the suv in low gear and drove about 8 mph a third of the way down....More

Thank TERRY D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

4WD was recommended for this trail but not required. We were in a Subaru Outback and it handled great!!! There are some very scary switchbacks going down into the canyon early on the trail. Get past those and it is just a super scenic, fun...More

Thank hartjf
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice walk in the morning sun to enjoy the grand view of Canyonland national park. Half day is enough for the park if you just stop by on the way but it definitely has a lot more to see if you have more time

Thank clY2692LF
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

It was a nice off road experience. Most exciting part is the potash road before gets to shafer. Bumpy, rough, and little sandy road. I only got a Ford Escape front wheel drive car from rental. Trying to drive from button up, it did slide...More

3  Thank Miao Z
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

On the advice of the ranger at the Canyonlands Visitor Center, we took the Shafer Canyon Road drive. She said to allow 2 hours, 4WD was recommended and not required and we would "love" it. Not sure if all of these were met. We had...More

1  Thank PandaHouston
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

A buddy of mine and I rented a Jeep at Farabee's rental in town in the morning, went 4 wheeling and ended up busting an axle 20 miles out of town. We called for assistance and were back in Moab by 1:00. Since we paid...More

1  Thank 1VegasJim
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I've read some reviews of this trail on other sites and certainly you can take the switchbacks down without a high clearance vehicle, but if you are driving all the way to Moab you need it. The switchbacks are heart stopping, but what an experience-...More

1  Thank RIki S
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Fantastic views and vistas everywhere. Interesting Potash plant along the way on the lower part. A lot of different looks and areas. Would not take a Car (I like my oil pan were it is :) ) Definitely worth the time, schedule it so you...More

Thank Leslie C
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

This hike is very short but worthwhile. You can see the jeep trails traversing the mountains and get wonderful views.

Thank jodiesuek
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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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