Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Utah with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Shafer Trail

off road driving
2 days ago

Super awesome. Super easy too (when dry). Plenty of cyclists do this. Saw a honda civic driving it, although i could hear their indercarriage neing hit by 3” rocks.

Visited the Quarry and camped at the campground with family.

Nice side trip when at dinosaur.

Great drive. Varied landscape. Leads to many hike opportunities. Did in my many trips to Salt Lake. Each year I would new routes off of the interstate.

Fantastic drive! As with everything in Zion, do this as early as possible to avoid car congestion.

8 days ago

Take your time and enjoy it all there is so much to soak in and some places you can stop and learn a little about the wildlife from the rangers sometimes they have little props too!

amazing views, totally worth driving slow and relaxing....

scenic driving
10 days ago

Unique park! Interesting rock formations and neat viewpoints.

scenic driving
10 days ago

Amazing views, lots of places to pull over and take it all in. No ice when we went in early January.

scenic driving
11 days ago

Great drive through Capitol Reef State Park, the Waterpocket Fold is really cool to see with the lines that go between red and white rock layers of golden sandstone, canyons and striking rock formations. Among the cool sights are the Chimney Rock pillar and 3 mile hike, the Hickman Bridge arch, and Capitol Reef, known for its white sandstone domes. Amazing to see Fruita as a real oasis in the desert along with its famous barn and old schoolhouse. Definitely worth a side trip.

Next to the river. Pretty cool. Had about a 4 foot eruption.

We drove the entire length, but only recorded from Hanksville to the turn off for Bears Ears. There’s so much to see on this road. Keep in mind after Hanksville there’s really no services until you reach the end of the byway... no gas stations, stores or restaurants. If you drive without stopping it may be ok. But if you want to drive into Bears Ears or Natural Bridges National Monument ... assure you fill your gas tank at either end of the by way and get snacks and water. Keep in mind there’s limited to almost no cell service on most of this route including Bears Ears or Natural Bridges National Monument.

scenic driving
29 days ago

nice drive through the woods with a HIGH bridge - dropoffs near road may give some pause, but road is well maintained. not a great idea during deer season, woods will be full of hunters, ask locals when hunting season starts. nice views of changing aspen in fall. watch for cattle on road.

scenic driving
29 days ago

paved from Boulder to Capitol Reef, then dirt - if you get onto the dirt and it's icy in winter and you don't have chains then you're pretty much committed to going down the switchbacks and taking Bullfrog/Notem back north which happened to me once and is kinda terrifying with icy switchbacks - if you turn south at the base of the switchbacks the road gets much worse outside of Capitol Reef, then is paved within Glen Canyon (bizarrely, as it's suddenly paved in the middle of NOWHERE, BUT if there have been floods recently at Bullfrog Crossing you may not be able to make it across w/o 4WD (also happened to me, different time) so you'll have to backtrack towards Torrey, so be sure to FILL YOUR TANK in Boulder before setting out !!!

off road driving
1 month ago

Fantastic dirt road. Didnt see too many people on it. Definitely go see the arch and hike the narrows while youre there.

scenic driving
1 month ago

We drove through on the way from St. George to Moab. We wish we had more time to explore some of the many trails in the park. It's a beautiful drive. Keep in mind if you come out this way, there's not much in the way of gas stations, stores and restaurants... make sure you bring food, water and other things with you.

This is not a hike it is a drive but I do it all the time! Lakes ALL OVER THE PLACE! Definitely one to check out!

off road driving
1 month ago

Very scenic, trail requires decent clearance in some spots. Recommend 4 wheel drive. Several lookout points over the Colorado River. We started at the top of
Shafer and went down to Potash and back into
Moab. Took roughly 2.5 hours to get to Moab from the top of Shafer Trail, but we stopped a few times to check out the views and for photos. Bring some snacks and some Cokes and enjoy the drive!

great but NOT WHEN WET

scenic driving
1 month ago

Such a relaxing time on the Zion tram after a day of hiking. Deer are as common as birds in a park. Will definately go back in 2018.

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