Shafer Trail, Canyonlands National Park

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  • August 4, 2017
    The day after the Potash Road, we decided to venture out for the Shafer Trail. The way you take a few km from the visit center in island in the sky to Canyonlands. The dirt road is 72 km long and joins the Potash Road. The first part, for around a couple of km is easy, then gets steeper and overhanging and two cars pass through only one at a time. The panorama is priceless! We are located in the middle of nowhere and silence. You can proceed only with a four-wheeler since in many spots is steep and the mantle has protruding rocks. If you rent your car damages are not covered on these types of roads.
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  • August 1, 2017
    It had rained the day before and we were not sure about the state of the road, which can be tricky at the best of times and treacherous at others so we decided to detour it and did not attempt it. Mak...  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    The Shafer Trail is not the beginning of the White Rim Road, but if you're going to be traveling clockwise on the White Rim Road’s 100 miles, the Shafer Trail is considered the primary west entrance t...  more »

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Where to stay in Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park offers camping in two first-come, first-served campgrounds and various primitive sites throughout the park. Most park visitors opt to stay in the nearby town of Moab, which offers plenty of places to rest in the form of national chain motels, rustic inns with a Southwestern vibe, and lodges. A few bed and breakfasts sit north and south of town on the way to the park, and a couple of ranches and lodges lie a bit farther from town, offering more luxurious digs in the majestic setting of southern Utah's high desert.
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