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MoabJim
MoabJim

Thanks for your write-up on Potash Road and the Shafer Trail. Moab Salt is now Intrepid Potash-Moab, LLC. They operate their plant at the official terminus of Utah Route 279, better known as Potash Road. From there, to the end of your journey atop the mesa in Canyonlands National Park, the name South Fork Road often shows on maps, including our DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer and current Google Maps. According to our research, South Fork Road is a social-road name, not used by any official agency in the area. Thus, a traveler might believe that he or she is on South Fork Road, but might actually be on an unnamed section of the track. If you ask the locals, it has always been Shafer Trail and it always will be Shafer Trail. In the spirit of safety, simplicity and agreement among maps, the road from the Potash plant, up to Canyonlands National Park, we should call Shafer Trail. From its origin in Shafer Basin, to its Shafer Campground, the new name would honor its precursor, Mr. Shafer's 1917 cattle trail.

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