Shafer Trail

5/5 (67 reviews)
Easy and iconic, the Shafer Trail is a must-do when visiting Moab or the Canyonlands. The road was originally a cattle trail built by John Sog Shafer in 1917. Later, in the 1940s and 1950s, it was constructed into a useable road for trucks hauling uranium ore from the benches below. Long gone are th... Read More
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Highlights of Shafer Trail

Desert Category Icon Desert
Iconic Category Icon Iconic
Overland Category Icon Overland
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
Highest Elevation
5906 ft
Shape of Trail
Connector
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Nearest Town
Moab
Nearest Services
Moab
Management Agency
Canyonlands National Park
District
Island in the Sky District

Overview

Easy and iconic, the Shafer Trail is a must-do when visiting Moab or the Canyonlands. The road was originally a cattle trail built by John Sog Shafer in 1917. Later, in the 1940s and 1950s, it was constructed into a useable road for trucks hauling uranium ore from the benches below. Long gone are the remnants of the old mining days, but the incredible and imposing rim walls still stand to remind you of how grand planet Earth really is.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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6 Waypoints
20 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
67 Community Reviews
1 Video
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