Shafer Trail

Moab, Utah

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This trail enters Canyonlands National Park. Visit the Moab Information Center (at the corner of Main Street and Center Street) in advance to become familiar with park features, regulations, fees, camping permits, and possible road closures. The drive to the trail is very scenic with well-marked Indian petroglyphs, hiking trails, and arches. Once on the trail, you’ll be treated to incredible views of the Colorado River as it meanders around the perimeter of Canyonlands National Park. Once inside the park, no pets, firearms, or wood campfires are allowed. A well-maintained road suitable for stock high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles. Possible muddy conditions in spots during wet periods. One brief, narrow shelf road crosses high above the Colorado River north of the Gooseneck. The trail concludes with a breath-taking but relatively easy climb up the Shafer Switchbacks. Route-finding is easy. Carry at least one gallon of drinking water per person. Summers are hot and dry. Best if driven in spring and fall.
Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

This trail enters Canyonlands National Park. Visit the Moab Information Center (at the corner of Main Street and Center Street) in advance to become familiar with park features, regulations, fees, camping permits, and possible road closures. The drive to the trail is very scenic with well-marked Indian petroglyphs, hiking trails, and arches. Once on the trail, you’ll be treated to incredible views of the Colorado River as it meanders around the perimeter of Canyonlands National Park.

Once inside the park, no pets, firearms, or wood campfires are allowed. A well-maintained road suitable for stock high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles. Possible muddy conditions in spots during wet periods. One brief, narrow shelf road crosses high above the Colorado River north of the Gooseneck. The trail concludes with a breath-taking but relatively easy climb up the Shafer Switchbacks. Route-finding is easy. Carry at least one gallon of drinking water per person. Summers are hot and dry. Best if driven in spring and fall.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 18.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Shafer Basin, Musselman Arch; Trails Illustrated Canyonlands National Park #210
Driving Directions: Directions to Shafer Trail

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