Shafer Trail

Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District, Utah

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Shafer Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grand County and San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 11.0 miles long and begins at 4,152 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,649 feet. The Balanced Rock attraction can be seen along the trail. There are also waters and a viewpoint along the trail.
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Shafer Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grand County and San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 11.0 miles long and begins at 4,152 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,649 feet. The Balanced Rock attraction can be seen along the trail. There are also waters and a viewpoint along the trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Distance: 11.0
Elevation Gain: 2,649 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,152 feet
Top Elevation: 4,503 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Shafer Trail
Parks: Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Elevation Min/Max: 4110/4503 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4152/4152 ft

Shafer Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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May 2018