canyonlands national park Trails

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Chesler Park / Devils Kitchen: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A long day hike or backpacking trip with lots of options for camping and side trips. This route is a good example of how you can craft a great loop hike out of the Needles Trails complex. The trip can vary in number of nights out, can be taken clo

Chesler Park Loop: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A popular, extra-scenic loop hike. If you like to save the best until last, take this trail clockwise. This involves walking on a road for the first mile, but it’s easy going, and you’re unlikely to see any vehicles.

Canyonlands National Park: Chesler Park to Salt Creek Canyon :: Moab, UT

Hit up the park’s highlights—slickrock scrambles, mesa-top views, and hoodoo-dotted canyons—on this unreal weeklong trek.

Canyonlands National Park: Chesler Park Loop :: Moab, UT

A popular, ultra-scenic loop hike, requiring a four-wheeldrive vehicle to reach the trailhead. If you like to save the best until last, take this trail clockwise. This involves walking on a road for the first mile, but it’s easy going, and you’re unl

Neck Spring: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A popular day hike and one of the few loop routes in Island in the Sky. The Neck has historical significance. Here the Island in the Sky plateau narrows to about 40 feet with sheer cliffs dropping off on both sides. This natural phenomenon allowed ea

Lathrop: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A long day hike or overnighter across Island in the Sky plateau, down to White Rim Road, and on to the Colorado River. The Lathrop Trail is significantly different from the other trails that leave Island in the Sky for White Rim Road. The trail goes

Mesa Arch: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A very short walk to a magni?cent arch with a spectacular view. This is a perfect trail for beginners. It’s easy and short, and a detailed display at the trailhead explains how to hike the trail. Although the NPS manages this trail for beginners, it

Aztec Butte: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A short but not easy climb to a scenic viewpoint of the Island in the Sky area. This hike can be deceptively difficult. The first two-thirds of the trail is well defined and on packed sand, but near the end of the hike, you follow cairns as you climb

Wilhite: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A long, strenuous day hike or overnighter. Like other trails leaving Island in the Sky, the Wilhite hike includes a big hill. Although the Gooseberry Trail has the reputation of being the toughest climb in Island in the Sky, the Wilhite has more elev

Alcove Spring: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A long day hike or overnighter with spectacular scenery. The Alcove Spring Trail starts dropping immediately, but not as steeply as the “big drops” of Wilhite, Murphy, and Gooseberry. The first mile of the trail down from Island in the Sky is a lit

Alcove Spring / Syncline Loop: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A multiday backpacking trip, the longest in Island in the Sky. Regrettably, the Island in the Sky District doesn’t have many long backpacking loops. Instead, most of the long hikes here are out and back. However, you can create one very nice loop t

Whale Rock: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A short climb onto one of the most prominent features in the Island in the Sky. If you want a great view of the entire Island in the Sky area, take the short climb to the top of Whale Rock. From there you get a 360-degree panoramic look at the ent

Syncline Loop: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A long day hike or overnighter and perhaps the premier hike in Island in the Sky. This trail is the best choice for a long loop in the Island in the Sky District. With two exceptions (Neck Spring and Murphy), all other long trails in the district ar

Upheaval Dome Overlook: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A short, steep hike to get the best view of perhaps the most interesting geological feature in Utah. This is a great way to observe and study the geological wonders of the Upheaval Dome area without taking the arduous 8.3-mile Syncline Loop. In fac

Murphy Loop: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A nice lollipop loop, but long and difficult. Unlike most trails in the Island in the Sky District, the hike into Murphy Basin is a nice lollipop loop instead of an out-and-back route. A pleasant mile-long walk on White Rim Road connects the Murphy

Murphy Point: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

An easy, flat day hike or very easy overnighter with a stunning view. The Murphy Point Trail used to be Murphy Point Road, which went to within 0.2 mile of the overlook. In 1996 the NPS converted most of the road to a trail starting at th

Gooseberry: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A tough day hike from the Island in the Sky to the White Rim Road. When you look over the edge of Island in the Sky at the top of the Gooseberry Trail, you might think you forgot your parachute, because it looks like you’re getting ready to jump off

White Rim Overlook: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A short, flat walk with a great view of White Rim country. You can get a good view of the White Rim area from the parking lot, but a short, enjoyable walk gives you a really good view. The White Rim Overlook Trail starts at the right (south) si

Grand View: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

An easy day hike with a well-named view. The NPS has placed several wonderful interpretive signs at the Grand View Trailhead, including a panoramic sign that names many of the prominent features in the area such as the Totem Pole, the confluence of t

Gooseneck: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A short walk with a scenic view that serves as a welcome relief from traveling the White Rim Road. At this point on White Rim Road, due east of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, you’ll have been bumping along on some of the rockiest sections of

Fort Bottom: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A day hike through the recent and not-so-recent history of the region. This interesting hike has two destinations. You can hike down to the bottomland where an old ranch building sits (a 4-mile round-trip), or you can climb up to the top of a s

Upheaval Canyon: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

This is the longest hike on a trail accessed by White Rim Road. It’s a great trail, mostly on packed sand. The first part of Upheaval Canyon is a broad open valley, and the trail cuts off the wide meanders. After the first mile or so, it drops into t

Moses: Canyonlands National Park :: Moab, UT

A route developed by climbers to get to some of their favorite climbs, but also a nice hike for non-climbers. This trail climbs up and around the Zeus and Moses spires and then goes through the little pass between Moses and a smaller spire called A

Roadside Ruin: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A very short walk and good opportunity to learn about local plant life and cultural history. This hike offers an easy introduction to the Canyonlands and its cultural history and plant life. At the trailhead, for a token fee, you can get a brochure f

Cave Spring: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

An opportunity to learn about the cultural history and desert plant life on a short hike. If you’re in the Needles area and have an extra hour, the Cave Spring hike is a pleasant way to spend it. The trailhead is conveniently located, and this sho

Pothole Point: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A short hike to learn about life in desert potholes. If you need a little exercise or want to take small children for an easy, safe hike where they might learn something about desert ecology, Pothole Point is an excellent choice. At the trailhead, fo

Slickrock Foot Trail: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A scenic trip through the geology of the Canyonlands. If you’re a beginner or experienced hiker with a half day to spend in the Needles District, the Slickrock Foot Trail is an excellent way to enjoy it. Many hikes in the Needles follow canyon bottom

Confluence Overlook: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A long, strenuous day hike to a famous landmark, the confluence of the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers. This is a serious hike, but the destination—a sweeping vista of the joining of two great rivers—makes up for any discomfort in getting there.

Upper Salt Creek: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A long hike, well suited for backpackers, through an intriguing desert valley. Names can be misleading. Somehow, “Salt Creek” seems to imply a dry, harsh, and unpleasant place when quite the opposite is true. Upper Salt Creek is definitely one of the

Castle Arch: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A short, uphill walk to a big arch accessed by a four-wheel-drive road. Just before the end of Horse Canyon Road is the trailhead sign for Castle Arch Trail and a spot to pull off the main road. From here the trail heads west through a heavily vegeta

Fortress Arch: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A short wash walk to a massive arch at the end of a four-wheel- drive road. The Fortress Arch Trail starts right at the end of Horse Canyon Road. From the parking area it heads up a dry wash and stays there for easy walking all the way. The trai

Peekaboo: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A tough day hike or moderate overnighter with lots of options and side trips. You have several options for seeing the Peekaboo Spring area. If you’re in the mood for a long, strenuous day hike, you can do 10 miles out and back. However, Salt Creek

Lost Canyon: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A spectacular loop hike through some of the best scenery in the Needles District. Lost Canyon is well named. It’s not only the kind of place you could get lost in, it’s so beautiful that it’s also the kind of place you want to get lost in. Like ot

Lost Canyon / Elephant Canyon: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A long loop hike nicely suited for backpackers. If you can afford the time to make this a three-day trip, you’ll have the opportunity to see most of the outstanding features of the Needles area. A three-day option provides the time for side trips to

Squaw Canyon / Big Spring Canyon: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A moderate day hike or easy overnighter capturing the essence of the Needles District. This might be the nicest, most accessible loop trail in Canyonlands National Park. It’s ideal for a moderate day hike to catch the essence of the Needles landsc

Big Spring Canyon / Elephant Canyon: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A long day hike and a good choice for an overnighter. If you aren’t in good physical condition, this hike might be too much for a day hike, but you have the option of making it an overnighter by staying at one of several backcountry campsites along t

The Big Needles Loop: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A major backpacking trip covering most of the outstanding features of the Needles District. The Needles Trails backcountry zone offers many opportunities for long backpacking trips, many of them without the problematic vehicle shuttle. The followin

Elephant Hill to Squaw Flat: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A shuttle hike through some of the best scenery in the Needles District. If your party has two vehicles, or you’re staying at the Squaw Flat Campground and one member of your party volunteers to drop you off at Elephant Hill Trailhead, this is a gr

Druid Arch: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A scenic route to a spectacular arch. Druid Arch is one of the most popular destinations in the Needles District. In addition to seeing a spectacular arch, hikers can experience much of the special environment of the Needles area along the way. You

The Joint Trail: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

Perhaps the most famous day hike in the Needles, but one of the most difficult to access. The Joint Trail is an excellent choice for those who want a little adventure (but not danger), as long as somebody has the skill to drive very gnarly roads with

Druid Arch West: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

A day hike or overnighter through the Joint and on to a majestic arch. The first part of the route is a gradual uphill grade on a fairly rocky trail. Watch for cairns to stay on the correct route. After about a half mile, the trails slips into a lo

Devils Pocket Loop: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

This is a great day hike for hikers with a four-wheel-drive vehicle to reach the trailhead. If you’re camped at Devils Kitchen, this is an excellent choice for a day hike. The loop can be taken from either direction, but the clockwise route is descri

Lower Red Lake: Canyonlands National Park :: Monticello, UT

This is a difficult day hike or overnighter down to the mighty Colorado River. This is a long, hot, steep trail, but it goes into one of the remotest and least-used sections of Canyonlands National Park. You stand a good chance of having the trail a

The Great Gallery: Canyonlands National Park :: Hanksville, UT

De?nitely one of the premier day hikes (closed to camping) in Canyonlands National Park, especially for hikers interested in ancient rock art. Although officially a detached unit of Canyonlands National Park, the Horseshoe Canyon area could be be

The North Trail: Canyonlands National Park :: Hanksville, UT

A tough route into the Maze for hikers without four-wheel-drive vehicles. For hikers who don’t have a four-wheel-drive vehicle or don’t want to drive the Maze roads, the North Trail provides access to the Maze. It’s for serious backpackers, though,

Happy Canyon: Canyonlands National Park :: Hanksville, UT

A nice day hike and a good choice for people who want to hike in the Maze District but don’t have a four-wheel-drive vehicle. This trail is actually an abandoned jeep road. That means it has a fairly easy grade, but the road has eroded and deterior

The Golden Stairs: Canyonlands National Park :: Hanksville, UT

A delightful short day hike, especially if you’re staying at Golden Stairs Camp. If you’re staying at the Golden Stairs Camp, you’ll want to take a delightful evening or early morning walk down the Golden Stairs. For those who don’t have the high-c

Maze Overlook: Canyonlands National Park :: Hanksville, UT

A short but steep drop into the Maze, often the ?rst leg of longer day hikes or backpacking trips. Before you head down the trail, take a few minutes to survey the landscape. They call this place the Maze Overlook because you get a great overview of

Harvest Scene: Canyonlands National Park :: Hanksville, UT

A rare loop trail that’s the longest day hike in the Maze. This trail is not only a rare loop (most Maze trails are out and back), but it’s also the longest designated trail in the Maze. If you’re in the vicinity with an extra day at your disposal,

Colorado / Green River Overlook: Canyonlands National Park :: Hanksville, UT

Perhaps the most spectacular hike in the Doll House area of the Maze. This is the longest and perhaps most spectacular of the three designated hikes in the Doll House area. It traverses all types of terrain—canyon wash, open parks, narrow joints, sl