Shafer Trail is a nice relaxing drive for any stock high-clearance 4×4 vehicle. This trails offers specatular views overlooking the Colorado River, especially from Fossil Point, also known as the Thelma and Louise Point because the final scene of the movie was filmed there. The tight switchbacks within Canyonlands National Park are also another highlight of this trail.
The tight switchbacks on this route were originally constructed by Frank and John Shafer, two ranchers in the area in 1914 who used this route to drive their cattle down from the top of the Mesa. It was later widened in the 1950’s and used by trucks carrying Uranium ore to Moab.
I really enjoy driving this trail and taking in the great views. It also makes a nice loop when combined with Long Canyon. The White Rim trail is also accessed from this trail inside Canyonlands.
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