Shafer Trail

EASY 47 reviews
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Shafer Trail is a 19.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, scenic driving, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
19.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3077 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Fun- Great Views Of Dead Horse Point

hiking
3 days ago

12 days ago

Need about 10 inches clearance in areas. November 2017
Locals say 2 people die on this trail every year.
It’s safe if the driver pays attention and let’s the vehicle do it’s job.
DO NOT force it.
There were areas we had to creep and angle the vehicle properly; go sloooow!

off road driving
28 days ago

off road driving
1 month ago

Drove down the switchbacks in our front wheel drive Sentra almost to the bottom. Worried about traction on the way up but no problem with front wheel drive. High clearance not needed. Did it in dry clear conditions. Some guy in a super high clearance Jeep stopped me on the way down and told me I needed a high clearance vehicle. I've driven on more dangerous roads in the Cockpit country of rural Jamaica in driving rain in a rented Toyota Yaris and continued down the switchbacks without a problem.

1 month ago

Started at the backside of the potash trail and made our way up to the switch backs and up to the national park. I'm surprised this is labeled easy unless it's because they don't consider where it ts off to go to the potash trail it has some dips you have to climb up and down in the canyon.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great views and I recommend starting at the potash and go up the Schafer and up the switch backs for a little more challenge.

off road driving
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

We drove this trail in dry conditions with a stock Dodge Ram 1500 2wd pickup truck and we had a blast. If you know how to drive different terrain, you'll be fine. High clearence, a bit of torque and a straight head on your shoulders is all you need. I probably wouldn't do it in this truck in rainy conditions, the wet sand patches and slippery rocks would be a risk. But we had a bluebird and with that the best time sofar on our west-coast road trip!

PS: We drove from top to bottom, while this map takes you to the end of Potash Road first to end with the switchbacks. The GPS coordinates for the shafer trailhead are:
38° 28' 17.21"N
109° 48' 41.34"W

Still want to it bottom to top? Potash Road is on the left of the factory, straight on from the road. On the right is a Private Road.

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

Just drove this in a 2WD Xterra; no problems but the clearance was appreciated. We drove down from Canyonlands on a lark in the afternoon and it was stunning. Strongly recommend doing it in the afternoon and towards Moab. Fantastic views the whole way.

off road driving
5 months ago

Was a little busy, mostly with guys biking, but for a lot of the trail we were alone. It's very long and pretty simple :) loved it

5 months ago

off road driving
6 months ago

Easy off road drive on a narrow steep mountain switchback, beautiful views.

6 months ago

Very fun! Not a lot of traffic and a beautiful drive.

walking
6 months ago

off road driving
6 months ago

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7 months ago