Slickrock Trail

Monticello, Utah

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This trail forms a big loop around the northern end of the mesa that separates Big Spring Canyon from Little Spring Canyon. It is a high, windswept tableland, very flat and very dry, with little topsoil to support any kind of vegetation. Any soil that might form from the erosion of the sandstone bedrock quickly blows away into the canyons below; consequently most of the hike is across a landscape of smooth, white slickrock with very few obstructions to impede the view. The Park Service has designated four specific viewpoints along the way where hikers can pause to enjoy the scenery, but in fact there are many viewpoints along this trail. You don't really need the Park Service tell you where to stop; the high, open terrain presents a continuous 360-degree panorama of the surrounding countryside. The vistas are especially attractive at the end of the day when the long shadows reveal hidden patterns in the slickrock and the reddish hues of the Cedar Mesa Sandstone are accentuated. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

This trail forms a big loop around the northern end of the mesa that separates Big Spring Canyon from Little Spring Canyon. It is a high, windswept tableland, very flat and very dry, with little topsoil to support any kind of vegetation. Any soil that might form from the erosion of the sandstone bedrock quickly blows away into the canyons below; consequently most of the hike is across a landscape of smooth, white slickrock with very few obstructions to impede the view.

The Park Service has designated four specific viewpoints along the way where hikers can pause to enjoy the scenery, but in fact there are many viewpoints along this trail. You don't really need the Park Service tell you where to stop; the high, open terrain presents a continuous 360-degree panorama of the surrounding countryside. The vistas are especially attractive at the end of the day when the long shadows reveal hidden patterns in the slickrock and the reddish hues of the Cedar Mesa Sandstone are accentuated. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 2.9
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,980 feet
Top Elevation: 5,010 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS The Loop
Driving Directions: Directions to Slickrock Trail

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