We switched into 4x4 low range. Keeping a steady pressure on the throttle, we eased our way upward, first one way, then around a sharp turn, and back the other. You'll find yourself wondering how 1950s-era ore trucks managed this trail.

Once safely on the rim, park for a moment and look back down the cliff to see where you've come. From below, many of the switchbacks are hidden beneath the rim, but, from above, you'll have a fantastic view of Shafer Trail and the canyon floor stretching southward to the Colorado River, Moab, and the snow-capped La Sal Mountains beyond. What a wonderful way to spend a day!

For more information
Moab Chamber of Commerce
217 E. Center St., Ste. 250
Moab, UT 84532
435/259-7814
www.moabchamber.com


Canyonlands National Park
2282 SW Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532
435/719-2313
www.nps.gov/cany


Getting There From Moab, UT: Take N. Main St. (U.S. 191) north and west to 279. Head south.

BE ADVISED: The information presented in this column is, to the best of our knowledge, correct and accurate at the time of publication. However, because of our lengthy lead time, we recommend you call the proper authorities or local experts for confirmation before visiting.

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