Although parts of southeastern Utah's Shafer Trail wind through Bureau of Land Management-administered territory, significant portions are in Canyonlands National Park and are therefore more strictly regulated.
Back-country permits are required for overnight travel, only street-licensed vehicles are allowed, and pets, firearms, littering and wood fires are prohibited. (Charcoal fires at designated campsites and in fire pans are allowed.) Other regulations outline rules for camping - where and how near to water sources and historic sites - and toilet procedures. Some vault toilets are provided along the backroads.The basic entry fee for Canyonlands is $10 per vehicle, though Golden Eagle and other park passes can be used.
For more information, contact Canyonlands National Park, 2282 Southwest Resource Blvd, Moab, UT 84532, telephone 435-259-7164. The park's Web site (www.nps.gov/cany) and other Internet pages offer additional information about the area's scenery, history and accommodations.