Shafer Trail

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koabug
Honolulu, HI1 581 bidrag
We drove the backway from Potash Road. Plenty of potholes and ruts and cobbles and small boulders on the dirt road. Very few "shoulder" areas if 2 cars are trying to pass each other. There are a few areas driving up narrow cliffs and hillsides. Quite a few mountain bikes and quad runners were on the trail. The view from the flat area was awesome and a great stop after doing 1/2 of the trail.

we ascended the famous "Shafer Switchbacks which was really narrow and steep. thank goodness no car was coming topside.
Skrevet 29. juni 2022
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1 042 bidrag
The overlook is just a few steps from the parking lot. You view the serpentine trail that has been used for years, in wonderment on how they drove cattle herds, uranium trucks or even cars down the gravel road with no shoulder. An exhibit sign explains the history and you can watch the car and bike traffic test their nerve.
Skrevet 15. mai 2022
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AJC_travlers
Idaho Falls, ID281 bidrag
This is a must drive if you have a high clearance, 4 wheel drive vehicle. We descended the trail in our Yukon XL. The trail had recently opened and still had snow in some locations which made for some scary hair pin turns. However, the views are amazing. We continued down the trail to the Potash road and on to highway 239. The road was pretty rough near the ponds.
Skrevet 28. februar 2022
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Markus W
Mieming, Østerrike572 bidrag
Wenn Sie gerne eine Offroad Tour in der Umgebung machen möchten, bietet sich der Shafer Trail an. Sie sollten jedoch ein Fahrzeug mit großer Bodenfreiheit und Allrad haben. Vor allem wenn Sie weiter über die Potash Road nach Moab fahren möchten. Tolle Ausblicke und etwas Adrenalin sind auf jeden Fall gewährleistet.
Skrevet 17. februar 2022
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CarolDM1900
Montpelier, VT3 239 bidrag
We were a party of 3 adults, with 2 rented jeeps. We decided to descend rather than ascend the famous "Shafer Switchbacks, and so did the trail "backwards," beginning just off Scenic Byway U-128 not far from the Red Cliffs Lodge and ending at Potash Road, a distance of just under 20 miles.

We were happy with this choice, which was immediately breathtaking, and not just because of the expansive views as we initially went down about 1400 feet, but also because coming down from that height on a narrow dirt/gravel road with such tight turns was rather unnerving. Yes, it did "take your breath away" in the sense too.

Our jeep had quite a long bed. At least twice in our descent, the switchback turn was so tight, that we couldn't safely make it around without stopping and backing up a bit to reposition. Views from the outside edge (with sometimes the driver, sometimes the passenger peering over it) were splendid, mostly exhilirating, sometimes unsettling. Fortunately, there was very little traffic, as we arrived early and most people were starting out at the other end, so had not yet made it here to the switchbacks.

I breathed a sigh of relief when we finally reached the "flatlands" and saw the long, straight road stretching out ahead of us. There were wonderful stops where we could see the Colorado River rushing by far below us. One was a place called the "Goose Neck," where the river snaked around a high promontory. And another was the iconic spot where "Thelma and Louise," from the movie of that name, appeared to hit the gas and drive over the cliff rather than surrender to the police. That's the place most people on this track want to see.

But the entire trail was interesting and unusual, with something new seemingly around every bend. We picked some wonderful places for snacks and lunch, so we could just gaze peacefully at everything around us. If you are constantly on the move, you really can't focus on the beauty of your surroundings, as every minute your eyes leave the track , you are potentially in danger. This is one location where you have to focus your full attention while you are on the move in the tricky, rocky environment.

All that said, our trip here was a blast, and we'd all do it again, exactly the way we did it this time. It is awesome and unforgettable.
Skrevet 10. november 2021
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Familie
Amazing! I took the trail down in a low clearance convertible Toyota, the year i got my driving license so i wasn't even much skilled in driving. No problem, just went slow and had to stop once or twice to check the road ahead on my way down. I kept driving one or two hours at the bottom and turned only when I reached area with too many rocks that only a skilled 4-wheel driver could pass. I'll do it again in a sedan, no problem. Actually the low clearance helps seeing what's in front of you and the view is just amazing. Certainly better than being in a big truck. I was bit more concerned on my way up, wondering id have to back up if someone comes or get stuck where i had to check road on my way down, but that went fine. I strongly advice the trail to anyone who is not too scared and want to see the stunning views down. Im usually scared by cliffs but on the action i just enjoyed it! Will definitely do it again and get a Backcountry permit to stay on the bottom
Skrevet 6. september 2021
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James C
Walnut Creek, CA2 bidrag
Drove this the first week of August after some rainy spells so I was worried about mud (I-70 was temporarily blocked with flash flooding when we came through the day before). The park ranger warned of mud and ledges on Potash.
I’m glad I was warned as this was my first time driving off-pavement and it set my expectations that it would be quite challenging. In reality it was no problem, just bumpy and slow in places but the views were so fantastic that we didn’t care.
10/10 would do it again - never seen anything quite like this before.
Skrevet 2. august 2021
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T. Childress
Taylorsville, NC81 bidrag
While heading toward the exit of Canyonlands NP my brother suggested we take a look at going down this trail. As we started down the trail we began thinking this wasn't for us. But I'm sure glad we continued. This wasn't even something we had planned to do. I can't give this trail enough praise. The adventure was amazing and the views were unbelievable. I added some pictures we took along the trail but they don't do it justice. Just make sure this is on your list when visiting the area and rent a 4WD.
Skrevet 30. juli 2021
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Dacula3585
Gainesville, GA124 bidrag
Familie
Highly recommend renting a vehicle you can take off road and get on the Shaffer Trail and many others.
Skrevet 4. juli 2021
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xodar
Pace, FL124 bidrag
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I came across this trail when doing research on the national parks for our trip to Moab. The photos of the trail (and looking at it on Google Earth) made it look quite scary, however after watching the drive real time on YouTube it seemed very doable. Next was to convince my wife. After watching the videos she said “no way.” What changed her mind was when we saw the trail from the Shafer Canyon overlook in Canyonlands. After observing multiple vehicles going up and down the steep part (and no one plummeting to their death), she said “ok, let’s do it.” We drove a 2021 Nissan Rogue AWD. I would NOT do this in a car. The road down the side of the canyon was plenty wide enough and there are multiple areas to pull aside along the way down, even with the switchbacks. You just have to be observant when descending so if you see a vehicle coming up you can pick your spot to pull over and wait. Once at the bottom, the tough part starts. Potash road is fairly rough, limiting speed to 10 mph max. While we never bottomed out, one of us had to get out on several occasions to scout the road ahead for the best path. The trickiest part for us was near the upper end of the Potash evaporation pools. Here the road had several deeps ruts which required some tight maneuvering in our vehicle. At one point the right rear wheel was airborne! After that is was a fairly easy, though rough, drive back to the paved portion on Potash road. There are some great overlooks of the Colorado River on the way and very few people. I recommend a trip to Dead Horse State Park and you will be able to see Potash road from the Colorado River to the evaporation pools from 2000 ft up.
Skrevet 18. juni 2021
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