It turns out that Shafer Trail is an iconic trail in our nation. I wouldn’t have known that if a friend didn’t tell me about it. Ironically enough, she visited Moab, Utah (see earlier posts about my trip to Moab) the week before my vacation there. She was going to drive the trail while she was visiting but it was too late at night for the 20 mile tail, but insisted that I go on the trail so I could tell her all about it.
It was the last day of our vacation. Me and Sean got up supper early to get our day started. It would have been a 5 hour drive from Moab back to Saint George, but we wanted to do this 20 mile trail (unknown territory) so we knew better than to mess around and be lazy that morning. It wasn’t a difficult trail at all – although we were in the Jeep – but I think most cars could get through the trail just fine.
Shafer Trail was originally a famous cattle trail in the early 1900’s until it was turned into a road for uranium transportation in the 1940’s. It is also a back road to the Canyonlands National Park.
You may think that this is a small lake but it was far from that! The locals call this ‘po-tash’ (spelled like potash, you would think it was pronounced ‘pot-ash’ lol) It’s a system of ponds that separate salt and water through evaporation. It looks so majestic in this photo but it person it is white just like salt.