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Roadtrip part 24 continued: Shafer Trail In Canyonlands
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Sep 13, 2021 06:28:24   #
Fstop12 Loc: Kentucky
 
I elelcted to post this section of our Shafer Trail experience here because some of the images are from my GoPro camera and some are IPhone 8+ images.

Shafer Trail was quite the experience for us. We took the Shafer Trail road from Canyonlands not far from the Island In The Sky Visitor's center. We first checked in at the visitor's center to talk to a ranger and got an update on road conditions and a weather report. I asked about using our Subaru Outback instead of a 4 wheel-drive. We were told we shouldn't have any problems. That's all we needed to know and off we went in what turned out to be a 3 hour very bumpy trip back to Moab. The top part of the trail will take you down some very sharp switchbacks and you will be close to the edge in some places. Very exhilarating! After about 4-5 miles you will come to a fork and will turn left on Potash Rd which will take you back to Moab. Along the way, we stopped several places to get out and enjoy the fantastic views of the canyon. We had lunch under the only Tree,( I use the word Tree very liberally here). We also stopped at Gooseneck point overlook. I believe the scene from Thelma and Louise driving off the cliff was filmed here. We continued on until we came the the Potash ponds. Those blue ponds against the sharply contrasting landscape was something to see! Google Potash ponds to get more information on what takes place here. All I can tell you is it was a beautiful site to see. About a mile and half,(seemed liked 15 miles), we came to main road that took us back to Moab. A great way to send an afternoon in a part of Canyonlands many people don't see.


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Sep 13, 2021 07:14:49   #
PaulBrit Loc: Merlin, Southern Oregon
 
The contrast between, say, the streets of New York and the photographs above couldn’t be more extreme. It is what came to mind as I got lost in your scenes, lost in the sense of going deep into my mind, thinking of that road, of that lonely scenery, of what would have happened if your Subaro had broken down, and so much more. Incredible pictures! Just incredible! But more than that. Thank you for giving me thirty minutes of quiet contemplation.

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Sep 13, 2021 07:18:50   #
sb Loc: Florida's East Coast
 
That road looks well maintained. Great set of photos from your trip!

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Sep 13, 2021 07:38:30   #
Fstop12 Loc: Kentucky
 
PaulBrit wrote:
The contrast between, say, the streets of New York and the photographs above couldn’t be more extreme. It is what came to mind as I got lost in your scenes, lost in the sense of going deep into my mind, thinking of that road, of that lonely scenery, of what would have happened if your Subaro had broken down, and so much more. Incredible pictures! Just incredible! But more than that. Thank you for giving me thirty minutes of quiet contemplation.


No fear Paul. We had plenty of water, food, spare tire etc. Although our cell service was non existent, we saw several vehicles that afternoon. A lot of the tour companies from Moab take people on this trail. So, although it would have been a bummer if our car broke down I think we would have been helped in a short time.

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Sep 13, 2021 07:52:13   #
John from gpwmi Loc: Michigan
 
A stunning set of photos of beautiful, rugged country. Thanks for posting.

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Sep 13, 2021 07:53:11   #
PaulBrit Loc: Merlin, Southern Oregon
 
Fstop12 wrote:
No fear Paul. We had plenty of water, food, spare tire etc. Although our cell service was non existent, we saw several vehicles that afternoon. A lot of the tour companies from Moab take people on this trail. So, although it would have been a bummer if our car broke down I think we would have been helped in a short time.


I was certain that in practice you were prepared for all eventualities!

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Sep 13, 2021 08:01:36   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 

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Sep 13, 2021 08:28:38   #
Fstop12 Loc: Kentucky
 
John from gpwmi wrote:
A stunning set of photos of beautiful, rugged country. Thanks for posting.


Thanks, glad you enjoyed them.

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Sep 13, 2021 08:29:32   #
Fstop12 Loc: Kentucky
 
sb wrote:
That road looks well maintained. Great set of photos from your trip!


Thanks, glad you enjoyed them.

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Sep 13, 2021 08:59:42   #
Fstop12 Loc: Kentucky
 
sb wrote:
That road looks well maintained. Great set of photos from your trip!


Yeah, for the most part. What isn’t shown are areas with pretty good size holes and rocks you have to navigate around

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Sep 13, 2021 09:18:22   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
I've driven that road a couple times. It's pretty tame compared to a lot of roads in the area. It's bad luck to say or even think about breakdowns when travelling those roads. Great shots BTW!

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Sep 13, 2021 10:36:43   #
Fstop12 Loc: Kentucky
 
Retired CPO wrote:
I've driven that road a couple times. It's pretty tame compared to a lot of roads in the area. It's bad luck to say or even think about breakdowns when travelling those roads. Great shots BTW!


Thank you

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Sep 13, 2021 11:47:36   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Great set.

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Sep 13, 2021 16:51:37   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Beautiful set! I am tempted to try that trail based on your positive experience.

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Sep 13, 2021 17:44:11   #
Fstop12 Loc: Kentucky
 
UTMike wrote:
Beautiful set! I am tempted to try that trail based on your positive experience.


You should do it!

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