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Daniel Cook reviewed Shafer Trail
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Scenic drivingRocky

Completed in front wheel drive sedan with low clearance. The road in the park is easy with few potholes, just go slow around the steep switchbacks of course. Once you get out of the park, the road is a bit rough in parts, but definitely doable if you are acutely aware of your tire placement and the low points under your car. There are a couple large slabs of rock and wash dips that may look daunting, but are passable by just going really slow. There is only 1 section going uphill around 10 miles in that you would be at risk of scraping as it has large rocks in awkward positions in the road, but again not that hard to navigate as long as you quickly swerve as you gather speed going uphill. Don’t be worried about getting stuck as there is no deep sand or muddy areas, and the large rocks can almost all be avoided. Overall, an amazing drive that is totally possible in a sedan given careful and confident driving.

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Shawna Koller reviewed White Rim OHV Trail
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Off Road DrivingNo shadeRockyScramble

Don’t bring your dog-it’s considered a wilderness area & there were no signs of warning going clockwise -permit required as well-why no one mentions this in their reviews is beyond me. I guess we’re the only ones who got pinched this summer. You should also take this road seriously-some pucker points for sure. Bring a lot of water. September & still 100 degrees days...

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Eric Park reviewed White Rim OHV Loop
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Off Road DrivingGreat!No shade

An epic, scenic off road trail that seems to transport you to a another world. While most of the trail is a dirt road and easy, there are a couple of obstacles where high clearance and 4WD is recommended. I would also recommend having an air compressor to air down and air up your tires. Airing down will help smooth the ride out on this long bumpy trail and also help with traction in sections with loose sand inclines.

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Joshua Berard reviewed White Rim OHV Trail
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Fantastic trail as other have said. It truly is one of the best offroad trails in the country. I do have to stress a couple things though. I would not do this trail if afraid of heights or very tight switchbacks. Also, do not go alone! If anything were to happen, you are at 1 point 40 miles of trail from help. I also only saw 2 other vehicles on the road except near Schafer. Note, I did this counter clockwise from Mineral Bottom and stayed in Potatoe Bottom. I would go clockwise as near Hardscrabble, there was a very sandy up hill section that had a rather large ditch in it from what looks like a washout. It took quite a few runs (even with the rear locked) to make it up it and looked like it was only going to get worse. Coming down this (going clockwise) would probably be no issue.

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Duncan Cameron reviewed Shafer Trail and White Rim OHV Road
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Off Road DrivingGreat!
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Lauren McClure reviewed White Rim OHV Trail
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Off Road Driving

Did this solo last week in a stock 2020 Tacoma off-road, which tackled everything well. I went clockwise (starting at Schafer switchbacks) and camped overnight at Murphy's A based on the rec of another reviewer - this campsite is fantastic! A giant rock for shade, great views, out of direct sight/earshot of B and C. The campsite at White Crack also looked really nice. The road up Murphy's Hogback was badly washed out, but it's passable in 4 Lo with some skill. Hardscrabble seemed like it had some maintenance done recently. Steep, narrow, and winding for sure, but the road itself was in great shape for that section. Most of the road is a relatively easy drive, but there are definitely tricky sections. A paper map with mile markers is a must. Look for stacked rocks and don't hesitate to get out of the car and look to see where the road goes prior to a hill - lots of steep, blind turns. Overall this was a fantastic trail!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 26, 2020
Off Road Driving

Such an amazing trail and spectacular views of Canyonlands! I have a 2019 Jeep Rubicon 2.5" lift and 35s and was super easy! Stock jeep could do it fine. Had some random rain today though, but added to the beautiful views.

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HikingOff trailRocky

Pretty awesome drive.

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Kevin Sullivan reviewed Shafer Trail
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Off Road Driving

Rented a Jeep from Twisted Jeeps in Moab and had a great day. After some short, quick hikes in Canyonlands, we exited the park via Shafer Trail, which is super cool. Sure, you don't need a suped-up Jeep to do this, but there are some places where the road isn't in great condition. I saw a compact car that did it, as well as a vintage Westfalia, but I wouldn't recommend that. As far as "off-roading" goes, this is an easy trail, but descending the canyon wall and seeing the evaporation ponds are really cool. (We did put the rental to a greater test after this trail, for the record ;) After you get to the paved road, be sure to stop and see the dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs on your way back to town.

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Teddy Sall reviewed Shafer Trail
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Off Road Driving

So much fun to drive! Did it in a rented Ford Taurus with 5.1" of ground clearance, so it is doable in a 2 wheel drive sedan if you have some testicular fortitude, are a good driver who knows where your tires are/understands how to approach rocks without bottoming out, and of course do not care about wear and tear on the vehicle. Did it going down the canyon along Potash Rd all the way to Moab (as we thought going up would be more difficult with tires spinning) and did not bottom out once. We were the only non SUV or truck we saw on the trail though so definitely not common. Definitely do not do without 4WD if it is wet/muddy though. The switchback portion is the easiest of the drive. Once you get down the switchbacks but are still in the park the road is ok with a few spots of rock that you need to navigate and pick lines but nothing too hard. When you get out of the park boundary the road becomes much more rough, with more rock faces and chunks to go over and made decisions about how to attack. There are a couple spots where you will be going uphill and need to have some momentum and quickly choose lines to make it up the loose rock. As the road approaches Potash it gets better but is still rough until you hit the pavement. Absolutely worth it though. View are spectacular all the way down and along the route, and it is a absolutely blast to overcome the challenge. So overall you can do it in a front wheel drive sedan if you are a confident and skilled driver. Obviously it is much easier in a higher clearance vehicle, but the challenge of doing it in a sedan probably made it even more fun for me!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 10, 2020
Off Road DrivingFeeRockyScramble

7/1/2020 We did this trail in a jeep willy with reasonable clearance. this is not a moderate trail! many loose rocky switchbacks and narrow shelves. But doable with high clearance and trail tires. we foolishly went out there alone not knowing the trail. Great fun and very challenging. But if we had trouble not ant other traffic around. we excited by Beef Baron Road. More challenging especially at Bobby's hole. S turn up a sterp rise with a 2 ft wall to get you started. Then holes pits and a tough climb. Couldn't find the joint though we tried. From there we did 224 south to Monticello. 35 miles of back roads. great fun but you need a couple of days. I want to go back to the Devils kitchen Campground.

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Erika Durst reviewed Shafer Trail
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Off Road Driving

OMG! This was our first trail when we got to Moab. We did it in a stock Jeep JLX with 33” mud tires. My boyfriend did great because he has a ton of off roading experience. I drove for a few miles and it was fairly easy. There is a narrow ledge that can be a little daunting. But for the most part, this was an excellent trail. We came across several jeeps and trucks. We also saw a few Subarus and a Kia. Everyone seemed to be doing alright. Just go the pace you are comfy with and use the turn outs to let people pass.

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Keith Taylor reviewed White Rim OHV Loop
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Scenic driving

THIS IS NOT AN OHV TRAIL! Take your highway legal Jeep or truck(street legal vehicles only). This is in Canyonlands National Park. It’s an amazing drive with great scenery. Air down if you can. It’ll be much more comfortable.

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Harold White reviewed Shafer Trail
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Off Road Driving

Great trip my wife drove her first trail! It’s fairly simple go slow when you think you should. Enjoy a beautiful view!

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Elizabeth Goedecke reviewed Shafer and Lathrop Canyon OHV Trail
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Off Road Driving

Great, easy trail for a 4x4

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Hiking

easy and gorgeous. better views than chicken corner.

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Sebastian Abril reviewed Shafer and Lathrop Canyon OHV Trail
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Off Road Driving

Great trail for any SUV! Did this is a Range Rover Evoque and was tailed by a Toyota Hollander x2 dr (did the run with no issues. We decided not to continue past Potash / Moab and climbed back up the switchbacks which was a ton of fun. HDC is a major plus going down the switchbacks to keep the pressure off the breaks.

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Philip Sorg reviewed Shafer Trail
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Off Road DrivingRocky

This is such a cool drive! You should be a confident driver though because the drive down the switchbacks is a little unnerving. I did this in a Honda CRV, and it was fine. I saw other people in minivans. My mistake was I turned down Potash Road to go to Moab, rather than continuing on Shafer Trail, and I would definitely recommend a higher clearance vehicle for that. It was pretty dicey doing Potash Road in a CRV. The views were spectacular though!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 13, 2020
ScrambleWashed out

As mapped the first section is paved road, then turning to gravel road with little obstructions. The map has you ending at a large loop, but as you enter the loop to the right - (keep going beyond the mapped trail onto the 2track dirt trail if in 4x4 vehicle) the dirt track is where you want to go /see (sight rough spots /scree) Horseshoe Bend Colorado River, and takes you into the Canyonlands Nat Park - just keep going and it’ll take you right out the front of the park. Fantastic views ! NOT recommended for standard low clearance family vehicles - and switchbacks are tight for longbed trucks without 4-5 points turns.

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Brooke Doughty reviewed Shafer Trail and White Rim OHV Road
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Backpacking

This is not a backpacking trail!! You’re expected to walk along the highway for 14 miles each way. Don’t be fooled!

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Charles Barkley reviewed Shafer and Lathrop Canyon OHV Trail
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Hiking

Coolest drive I’ve ever done. Jeep Wrangler got the job done. Definitely a little dangerous though so take it slow. I would give myself a whole day for this trail so you can really enjoy it

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Brian Erickson reviewed Colorado River Overlook OHV Trail
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Off Road DrivingRocky

Great trail, took a stock Chevy Colorado bison. A few technical spots to choose a careful line. Not a difficult trail, just use your head. Well worth the drive, don’t miss the view to the north just before the first drop off. Well worth it if you’re looking for a little challenge for your stock 4wd. Real wheelers will laugh at the “obstacles”. We had great APRS/ham radio service the whole way, and limited cell coverage. The views of hurrah pass and chicken corner trails are cool too.

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Davis Ulrich reviewed White Rim OHV Loop
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Off Road DrivingClosed
First to Review

Schaffer trail was closed so we took a bit of the white rim for a drive

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