Shafer Trail is a 19.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Moab, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Length19.6 miElevation gain3,106 ftRoute typePoint to point
Mountain bikingScenic drivingViewsWildlifeRockyFeeNo dogs
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Canyonlands National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. This is an off-road driving route that can be done in either direction. This route offers incredible views of Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands National Park. The portion of this road that leads to the Canyonlands Visitor Center is closed during winter.

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Scott Singleton
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OHV/Off-road drivingClosedFee

This is a fun drive that is best done in something with a little extra ground clearance but not a difficult drive. The trail was closed as of 2/20/21 where it connects to White Rim trail, so don’t plan on this being a through route.

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Erin Relph
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OHV/Off-road drivingClosedSnow

Trail was amazing. Super fun and nothing too technical. Heads up tho road is closed a the White Rim Trail Junction so we had to turn around. Not ideal since this was our planned route into the park for a day of hiking but we discovered another great OHV trail- Long Canyon Road on our detour.

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Rud Or
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OHV/Off-road driving

great views

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Mikiharu Oyabu
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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Dan Schinleber
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Sudhindra Manohar
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Joshua Isaksen
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OHV/Off-road drivingMuddy

Great views. Our stock SUV did it without any problems...had to get out and evaluate lines every once in a while. We are well experienced in dirt road driving. Definitely wouldn’t recommend to a sedan or low clearance. The River bend is absolutely stunning.

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Ryan Shaw
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Dan Oettinger
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OHV/Off-road drivingRocky

One of the highlights of our time in Moab! We did it from Potash road going upward in a 2WD 4Runner on 10/13/20 and didn't have any problems. I personally wouldn't do this road in low clearance vehicle. The worst road conditions are just outside the park. The river bend overlook is amazing! Much more fun than just looking at pull outs from the park road. If you have a fear of the heights, the switchbacks might be scary, but we thought they were pretty mellow.

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Missy McGuire
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Aashish G
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OHV/Off-road drivingFeeGreat!Off trailRocky

We did this trail top down on the way back from Canyonlands to Moab in a Jeep Wrangler. The trail was super fun. Only thing to note is keep an eye out for incoming vehicles so that you can stop at the curve on switchbacks and let them pass. Keep an eye out to see Bighorn sheep near Potash. After doing this trail we went to the Dead Horse Point Overlook to see sunset. You can see most of the trail from this point.

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B Chesterwood
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Amazing.

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Jessica Brooks
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Hiking

Awesome trail never had to take the jeep out of 2H!

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Chris Curran
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Fun drive. we started in Canyon lands and drove in the Moab direction. took us under 1.5 hours and we stopped for photos a few times. Most vehicles can do this, sedans will require some maneuvering around high points. We did it in a Mitsibishi Outlander no problem. We started at 9AM on a Sunday and there was more traffic than I expected. Lots of people in their brand new TRD Pros or Rental jeeps offroad LARPing at 5 MPH.

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Lauren O'Sullivan
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Really fun and gorgeous trail, you can spend hours driving/stopping and having fun with the scenery. Drove down which I would recommend as it gets the step dropoffs out of the way early. You do not need a high clearance vehicle to take this road although 4WD helps especially at the end of Potash road where it gets a little sketchy. Overall there is plenty of space on the road and pullouts for passing cars; it's not that scary or technically difficult. Highly recommend this to anyone! We let the air out of the tires to about 33 and that helped since it is pretty rocky and can puncture a tire. Recommend doing this as well.

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Samantha Jean
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Simply amazing! Drove the Potash Road to Shafer Trail up to Canyonlands. Fabulous views and pretty much had the entire route to ourselves. Drove our rental Jeep Cherokee with 4WD with no issues. Highly recommend!

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Kim D
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

No trouble at all in our stock 2019 Jeep Compass 4x4. Recommend following Shafer to Potash. Potash gets slightly more challenging and was super fun with gorgeous views!

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Jason Braun
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This is an easy trail, which can be travelled by any stock four wheel drive vehicle. The signs posted recommend high clearance; however, we crossed no real obstacles. The terrain is rocky, so it is best to air down those tires. The scenery is absolutely stunning..

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Tina Bhatia
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OHV/Off-road drivingNo shade

SO AMAZING! Driving on the rim of a canyon with insane views! Drove in a Jeep Wrangler with the top down in the afternoon- got quite hot quickly. We stopped a bunch to take pics, took us over 3 hours for sure. Not a hard trail at all but it was a 2 way road sometimes on the rim with a long drop off - kinda scary! Very worth it, one of the coolest drives I’ve ever done for sure.

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Katie Hoffman
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OHV/Off-road drivingRocky

This trail was super easy to find and pretty close to Moab, but definitely fill up on gas before you go because it is longer than stated. If starting from the Moab side, the first half of the trail is light to moderate off roading, nothing too wild. But after about halfway, (after the first huge lookout over the river and canyon) it got into the advanced stage. If you’re afraid of heights or being close to the edge of the road, turn around at halfway! There are a series of switchbacks that are super close to the edge and tricky if another car is coming at you. Definitely recommend having a 4x4 car and some nerves of steel for this one. The views can’t be beat though, they’re breathtaking!!

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Joseph Chih
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Great and fun trail. Not difficult at all. Easy trail with just the right amount of fun. Did it in a 2014 Xterra Pro4X. I’d say it’s doable in any 4wd vehicle. Maybe not a sedan, at least not on potash rd. It was a bit rough on Potash rd out the of national park.

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Charlie Maynard
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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Jamie Blech
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

This was so much fun! We drove from top down in our Jeep Grand Cherokee and had a blast. I would not recommend doing this trail in a 2WD car or one low to the ground. What a great way to see the canyons!!

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Chris Wantuch
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OHV/Off-road driving

Good trail. Definitely able to do it in 2wd (my weapon of choice was a 2006 Toyota Corolla) just be weary of some stretches and take caution with larger rocks sticking out. Very nice.

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Nicole Hall
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Seriously enjoyed this! Really amazing way to experience the canyons without putting blood, sweat and tears into it. High clearance 4WD is optimal, we had a big truck though I would be comfortable taking my rav4 at home. I would not recommend for a 2WD.... you could probably do it but might lose your muffler. Other than that- not many people were on this so you get the road to yourself! There are pullouts along the way. Would recommend going from top down.

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