Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
© David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
My family and me took this wonderful trail down into the canyon where we were able to get a true sense of scale for the surrounding landscape. Standing on the top of the rim looking down more than 1000ft. is awe inspiring especially when you know you will be down there with only the provisions you bring along. Our family of four boys along with my wife booked a campsite about half way long the trail and gathered provisions prior to ever entering this wonderful 100 mile adventure. The only comforts of life are the pit toilets along the way which are located near the campsites. There is no water along the trail so bring enough for the trip. We did the trail in two days, if I were to do it again I would plan on doing the trial in three days with taking more time for side hikes and picture taking. Our Ford Excursion fit well on most parts of the trail, however there were a couple of switchbacks where I needed to do a three point turn. A standard 4wd SUV with low range is sufficient for this trail. Prior to our departure we inquired about the condition of the trail as there was unusual rain that occurred prior to our arrival and a portion of the trial was closed due to it being washed out. The trail was repaired and perfect for our adventure. Once in the canyon the landscape becomes larger than life. There are times when the landscape becomes mundane especially when you average 8 miles per hour. We saw several mountain bike groups along the way which would also be a great way to see the geography. Most of them had support vehicles making for a great vacation with friends and family who love the outdoors. if you are plan to take on this adventure make sure you purchase any one of several books about the trail as this will give you history and side hike ideas.
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