Shafer Trail, Utah: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Moab: Sky District Canyonlands National Park 4x4 Tour

From Moab: Sky District Canyonlands National Park 4x4 Tour

Discover the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park on a guided tour by 4x4 vehicle. Admire the wonderful scenery from the Goosneck overlook on the Colorado River, discover Native American rock art, and learn about the history and geology of the area. Start with pickup from your hotel in Moab. Head towards Canyonlands National Park, whilst meandering alongside the Colorado River. Stop outside the park boundary to discover some ancient Native American petroglyphs carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans. Learn about the geology, flora, fauna, and history of the area throughout the adventure with your expert guide. Continue to the jeep trail that leads up to the breathtaking Island in the Sky district. Along the way, enjoy some photo stops at natural landmarks such as Fossil Point and Musselman Arch. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Colorado River from Gooseneck Overlook and travel along a section of the White Rim trail. Wind up the switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail, and enjoy one last look out over the park before driving back to Moab.

From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

Take a 4x4 driving tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This thrilling adventure includes stops for short hikes and scenic views. Keep your energy up along the way with a refreshing picnic lunch. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards Canyonlands National Park high atop the Island in the Sky mesa. Descend via the steep switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail and enjoy a brief stop to explore Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans.   Continue through Canyonlands along a portion of the White Rim Trail over to Musselman Arch for incredible views of the Colorado River below. Enjoy a few stops with short hikes. Stop at Devils Garden for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, enter Arches National Park near Doc Williams Point. Climb a steep rock wall and drive across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes.   Pass the famous Tower Arch, the Eye of the Whale Arch, and the Marching Men — a group of 7 towers lined up in one row. Stop for some short walks to enjoy the fresh air and admire the views of the red rocks. Once you have explored both parks you'll be driven back to Moab, with a brief stop to explore dinosaur tracks along the way.

From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

From Moab: Canyonlands 4x4 Drive and Colorado River Rafting

Start your full-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in Moab. Drive to the stunning Canyonlands National Park, and spend the morning exploring the remote areas of the Island in the Sky district of the park in a 4x4 vehicle. Follow the White Rim Trail, and drive along the narrow switchbacks of the Shafer Trail. See incredible rock and fossil formations, and stop along the way for photos opportunities. After your driving tour, enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Colorado River. Admire majestic views of the river and the surrounding canyons. Finish your tour with an adrenaline-filled rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. Enjoy some whitewater fun, accompanied by professional river guides. At the end of your rafting experience, relax on the beach as your guides prepare for the short drive back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

Canyonlands National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Canyonlands National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your gateway to the rugged and majestic landscapes of Canyonlands National Park. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through a vast and untamed wilderness that offers stunning vistas, deep canyons, towering mesas, and ancient rock formations. As you explore Canyonlands National Park with the Shaka Guide app, get ready to be immersed in the park's rich geological history and captivating natural wonders. The app will provide informative and engaging audio commentary, revealing the forces of nature that shaped this remarkable landscape over millions of years. Discover the park's distinct districts, each offering its own unique charm and scenic beauty. The app will guide you through the Island in the Sky district, the most accessible and popular section of the park. Here, you'll encounter mesmerizing overlooks, such as Mesa Arch, Green River Overlook, and Grand View Point, offering breathtaking panoramas of the canyons below. As you drive along the park's scenic roads, the Shaka Guide app will highlight noteworthy points of interest and share intriguing stories about the ancient Native American cultures that once thrived in the area. Explore the park's expansive network of trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. Immerse yourself in the solitude and tranquility of Canyonlands National Park as you venture into its remote corners. Capture the stunning beauty of Canyonlands National Park with your camera as the app points out ideal photography spots and provides tips for capturing the perfect shot. From sunrise to sunset, the changing light bathes the canyons in a kaleidoscope of colors, creating a photographer's paradise. Some exciting things to do on the tour: Panoramic views of the deep canyons, towering mesas, and rugged landscapes that define Canyonlands. Hit the trails to truly immerse yourself in the park's beauty. Embark on a thrilling off-road adventure along the White Rim Road or the Shafer Trail. Witness the wonder of the night sky in this remote and peaceful setting. Take a break and enjoy a picnic at one of the park's designated picnic areas. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your visit to Canyonlands National Park will be enriched by fascinating facts, geological insights, and engaging stories. *Download the Shaka Guide app to access your purchased tours.*

Afternoon Canyonlands Island In The Sky 4X4 Tour

Afternoon Canyonlands Island In The Sky 4X4 Tour

Discover the rugged beauty and ancient legends of Canyonlands National Park on a 4WD tour from Moab. Go off-roading in a sturdy Jeep to reach the Island in the Sky district and other remote areas, where the Colorado River slices through steep ravines and ancient Pueblo rock art decorates the sandstone cliffs. Hold on tight as your driver and guide navigates the switchbacks of Shafer Trail, and fill your camera roll with amazing perspective shots of the red-rock canyons. The Shafer Trail at the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park is an iconic road that descends 1,500 feet (457 m) through a colorful, massive sandstone cliff. Its function has changed through the years; from a route made by Native Americans to access resources on the mesa top, to a trail for sheep herders moving flocks to better foraging in winter time, and then a road for trucks moving loads of uranium from the backcountry to market. Today, the Shafer Trail is road for seeking the experience of a lifetime.

Moab: Canyonlands National Park 4x4 White Rim Tour

Moab: Canyonlands National Park 4x4 White Rim Tour

See the best sights of the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park and experience the famous White Rim 4x4 Trail. Your excursion starts from your accommodation in Moab with a professional and knowledgeable tour guide. Travel alongside the Colorado River as you gain elevation and make your way toward Canyonlands National Park. Before reaching the park boundary, you'll make several stops, including pristine rock art panels, overlooks of the Colorado River Canyon, and wide sweeping vistas. Once you reach the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park and the White Rim Trail, stop again and enjoy a short hike to one of the many backcountry arches that the park has to offer, including the unique Musselman Arch.   Continue your trek along the White Rim and down Lathrop Canyon, a side route that will lead to the riverside oasis, where you'll enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch prepared by your guide. There are several optional hike options throughout the day. On your way back to Moab, your 4x4 vehicle will climb up the famous Shafer Trail that will take you up to the mesa top for one more stunning view.  

Morning Canyonlands Island In The Sky 4x4 tour

Morning Canyonlands Island In The Sky 4x4 tour

Discover the rugged beauty and ancient legends of Canyonlands National Park on a 4WD tour from Moab. Go off-roading in a sturdy Jeep to reach the Island in the Sky district and other remote areas, where the Colorado River slices through steep ravines and ancient Pueblo rock art decorates the sandstone cliffs. Hold on tight as your driver and guide navigates the switchbacks of Shafer Trail, and fill your camera roll with amazing perspective shots of the red-rock canyons. The Shafer Trail at the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park is an iconic road that descends 1,500 feet (457 m) through a colorful, massive sandstone cliff. Its function has changed through the years; from a route made by Native Americans to access resources on the mesa top, to a trail for sheep herders moving flocks to better foraging in winter time, and then a road for trucks moving loads of uranium from the backcountry to market. Today, the Shafer Trail is road for seeking the experience of a lifetime.

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What people are saying about Shafer Trail, Utah

Overall rating

4.9
(267 reviews)

Too many to list. It was amazing. Ron was a great guide and nice to also have Chad, who was training. Both VERY knowledgeable in the area without overdoing it. Felt like you were driving with a few friends that happened to love the parks. I don’t think there was an answer that Ron couldn’t answer. It’s nice, too, that this tour takes you to places that you can’t access on your own.

Joe was an excellent guide. He went above and beyond to show us everything in the parks. I highly recommend him!

Excellent guide, Matt was very friendly and informative. He added extra stops on. We had an amazing time.

the sites were amazing, our guide "Carter" was very kind, and knowledgeable.

Very interesting. Learned a lot and saw incredibly beautiful scenery 👍🏽