Lower Red Lake Canyonlands National Park

Monticello, Utah

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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 all to yourself. You have two options for reaching this trailhead, but both require a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle with low-range gearing and the skill and experience to drive it. The shortest but perhaps more challenging route (5 miles) leaves from the Elephant Hill Trailhead. To find the Elephant Hill Trailhead, drive 3.1 miles from the entrance station on the main park road until you see a paved road going off to the left to Squaw Flat Campground and Elephant Hill.
Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

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Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

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 all to yourself. You have two options for reaching this trailhead, but both require a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle with low-range gearing and the skill and experience to drive it.

The shortest but perhaps more challenging route (5 miles) leaves from the Elephant Hill Trailhead. To find the Elephant Hill Trailhead, drive 3.1 miles from the entrance station on the main park road until you see a paved road going off to the left to Squaw Flat Campground and Elephant Hill.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 11.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Needles
Local Maps: Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): The Loop and Spanish Bottom
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Red Lake: Canyonlands National Park

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