I had planned a motorcycle trip to North Carolina with my wife but things changed and I had to cancel that trip.
Instead we decided to take our nice comfortable Jeep Wrangler to Moab, Utah. Milwaukee to Moab would be about 1400 miles.
We would spend 3 nights in Moab and then head east to Georgetown, Colorado. We would stay 3 nights in Georgetown and then
head back to Milwaukee.
One of the places that I wanted to return to was Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park.
The easy way to go to Canyonlands is Hwy 313. Hwy 313 is a nice paved, scenic road but..........
the proper (road less traveled) way to go to Canyonlands in a Jeep is the Shafer Trail.
To get to the Shafer Trail you head north of Moab on Hwy 191 to Hwy 279 (Potash Road). Hwy 279 follows the Colorado River and
attractions along the road include dinosaur tracks, Indian petroglyphs and arches.
The Shafer Trail is one of Moab's easier trails but it is a narrow road with large rocks, steep climbs and areas of deep sand.
The first thing that I need to do is remove the doors and windows from my wifes Jeep so that we have a better view.
It was 102 degrees so I left the top up. I loved the look on peoples faces as I carried the doors into the motel room.
The starting point.
The doors. Jeep parts in motel rooms is not uncommon in Moab.
Hwy 279. The Potash Road. Twisting, winding and paved two-lane road.
Jug Handle Arch.
The road changes to dirt and now the fun starts.
Even better view with the doors off.
It's one of the easier trails but be careful. It's a long way down!
Entering Canyonlands. :)
The switchbacks were fun.
We made it to the top. Picture time.
From this point we drove to the Grand View Point in Island in the Sky and then drove to Dead Horse Point State Park.
From Dead Horse Point we could see the Shafer Trail and where we drove by the goose neck.
Time to head back to Moab. Dinner time!
Another great thing about Moab is there are alot of great places to eat. We were only going to be in Moab 3 days
this would not be enough time to eat it all the places that we wanted to.
We checked the Moab Menu Guide and decided that we would have dinner at the Sunset Grill.
The Sunset Grill has a great view and an interesting history.
The road to the Sunset Grill.
There is a reason it's called the Sunset Grill. After dinner we sat outside and waited for the sun to set...............
We did some other side trips in Moab and then headed to Grorgetown but that's another story.