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Old 07-23-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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There's just some special roads less traveled

Been here in Moab for just over a week. The surrounding area is like being on another planet and is one of the most beautiful places we have visited...scary beautiful. It was 106F today, but we found some relief in the La Sal mountains and had a great lunch around a small mountain lake at the end of a very rocky road leading up to Miner's Basin.

In our travels, we've been on many great roads less traveled...thank you Ms. Wrangler...but every once in a while, there's this one special road one comes across that will make you know that it really is great to be alive. It can happen in the RV or your toad...

The road that rings my bell is at the end of Potash Rd, past the processing (Potash) plant and the deep blue evaporation ponds nestled in many shades of orange in the rocky terrain. After Potash Rd enters Canyonlands NP, it magically turns into Shafer Trail Road(built by a Rancher to herd cattle to the bottom of the canyon, in 1917) and reaches upward to the Island in the Sky.

As one climbs the steep one lane dirt/rock road, sheer cliffs protect the adventurous on one side while each switchback promises another vast vista of the canyon floor below set against blackened rock walls and a clear blue sky. Every foot of gained elevation make the same vistas look differently with the varied angles and lighting. I'm not sure if it was the raw beauty of the sights we were seeing or a little of the sheer drop-offs that were serving up such vistas that made one's heart beat a little faster, but one thing we were sure of...that a privilege it was to be on one spectacular road rising to the 'Island in the Sky'.

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So...that road rocks your wagon(or RV)?
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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Great trail, done it many times.
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Moab is tops for 4-wheeling, along with Silverton, Colorado where we are now.
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its a great ride but stiil getting dust out of trailblazer two years later.
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We'll have to seek that trail out when we're there in September.
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That was a great report and better pictures. Would a 2 wheel drive vehicle be able to make it and what happens when you meet someone coming the other way?
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That was a great report and better pictures. Would a 2 wheel drive vehicle be able to make it and what happens when you meet someone coming the other way?
I wouldn't do it in a Honda Civic, but a 2WD SUV will have no problem. Done this trip many times in many vehicles, including a Subaru wagon. It's not a narrow trail so no issue with opposing traffic. Keep your eyes peeled while you climb as there are often Big Horn Sheep on the cliffs.

Moab is one of the most stellar places on earth and after 100 trips there is still plenty new to see.

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What can one say but WOW... Great Pictures.
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thanks for the pictures. They were great. now have another place on the "bucket list"
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Would you attempt that drive in a long wheel base crew-cab pickup? Are the switchbacks too tight for that long of a truck?
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. Would a 2 wheel drive vehicle be able to make it and what happens when you meet someone coming the other way?
Since our last visit 4 years ago, much improvement has been done...there are some spots on the canyon floor that might take a little care, but yes, most all two wheel drive vehicles(all but some low ground clearance types) would have no trouble. The road to the Island in the Sky (Shafer Trail) has many spots that are wider to allow passing vehicles...it really has been improved.
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Would you attempt that drive in a long wheel base crew-cab pickup? Are the switchbacks too tight for that long of a truck?
Should be no problem. Some of the switchbacks are tight, but have enough room to swing wide. We saw one 4dr dually coming down the switchbacks...no problem negotiating the turns but my concern would be having fully functioning kidneys at the bottom...man, that had to be some buckboard ride!
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Thanks for the photo compliments...the DW is the one behind the camera, I just kept the toad on the road.
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