Behind Then Scene: "Winding Down"
I could not figure out where this road in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, began or ended. But it was fascinating to me and I was extremely intrigued by it. I stayed around in the area for a quite a long time, hoping to see a vehicle, but that never happened. I had the place entirely to myself. I loved the huge color range - how the cliffs started in gold and ended in blue - and how they alternated so perfectly and picturesquely.
When I got home I had to find out about this road. I discovered that this is the Shafer Canyon Trail (or Shafer Canyon Road) - and I can not wait to go back and drive it.
Here's what the national park website has to say:
The Shafer Trail at the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park is an iconic road that descends 1,500 feet (457 m) through a colorful, massive sandstone cliff. Its function has changed through the years; from a route made by Native Americans to access resources on the mesa top, to a trail for sheep herders moving flocks to better foraging in winter time, and then a road for trucks moving loads of uranium from the backcountry to market. Today, the Shafer Trail is a challenging, unpaved backcountry road for recreational users seeking the experience of a lifetime.
Yes. Count me in.