Chesler Park / Devils Kitchen Canyonlands National Park

Monticello, Utah

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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 clockwise or counterclockwise, and can start and finish at any of three different trailheads: Elephant Hill, Chesler Park, or Devils Kitchen. This description takes the clockwise route from the Elephant Hill Trailhead, mainly because you can reach this trailhead with any vehicle. You definitely need a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle and be experienced driving it on rough roads to access Chesler Park and Devils Kitchen Trailheads.
Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

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Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

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 clockwise or counterclockwise, and can start and finish at any of three different trailheads: Elephant Hill, Chesler Park, or Devils Kitchen. This description takes the clockwise route from the Elephant Hill Trailhead, mainly because you can reach this trailhead with any vehicle. You definitely need a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle and be experienced driving it on rough roads to access Chesler Park and Devils Kitchen Trailheads.

© 2017 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 13.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Needles
Local Maps: Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): The Loop and Druid Arch
Driving Directions: Directions to Chesler Park / Devils Kitchen: Canyonlands National Park

Recent Trail Reviews

5/17/2006
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Enjoy this challenging trail in early spring to avoid the summer heat. Otherwise seek shade between 12 and 3 or your body will no longer like you. :) Once, you get to Chesler Park, head to the Joint--a nice place to cool off since it feels like a refrigerator. Skip the viewpoint on the way to the joint. My friend and I started at Elephant Hill as well and then looped back around towards Druid Arch. I recommend this route because there is a lot of scrambling of rocks near Druid Arch which would have been more difficult with a heavier pack. Also, make sure you have plenty of water because there were zero streams when we went. It's recommended that you drink 4 liters per day or about a gallon. Gatorade is good, too.



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