Red Lake Canyon

Monticello, Utah

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Red Lake Canyon is a remote and dry part of Canyonlands National Park. Because of this very few people visit this area. Be prepared to pack all the water you will need for this trip because there is nowhere to filter once you are in. Along with being dry, the canyon can be very hot in summer. Plan to do this hike between late fall and early spring. In winter warm spells the snows melt off the trail, but still lingers in shaded places. The snow makes a welcome alternate water source in an emergency. Follow the trail down into Lower Red Lake Canyon. The trail takes you up along the southern rim of the canyon. From here you can look hundreds of feet down to the bottom. After about a mile the trail makes a dramatic drop to the bottom of the gorge and continues down to the Colorado River.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Red Lake Canyon is a remote and dry part of Canyonlands National Park. Because of this very few people visit this area. Be prepared to pack all the water you will need for this trip because there is nowhere to filter once you are in. Along with being dry, the canyon can be very hot in summer. Plan to do this hike between late fall and early spring.

In winter warm spells the snows melt off the trail, but still lingers in shaded places. The snow makes a welcome alternate water source in an emergency. Follow the trail down into Lower Red Lake Canyon. The trail takes you up along the southern rim of the canyon. From here you can look hundreds of feet down to the bottom. After about a mile the trail makes a dramatic drop to the bottom of the gorge and continues down to the Colorado River.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 1,150 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 to 3 days or more
Season: Mid-September to early June
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, Needles District
Local Maps: USGS Spanish Bottoms, The Loop; Trails Illustrated Canyonlands National Park, Needles and Island in the Sky
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Lake Canyon

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