Big Spring Canyon - Elephant Canyon

Monticello, Utah

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There are at least three nice loop hikes beginning at the Squaw Flat Trailhead. Each has its own rewards, but if I had to choose a favorite I think I would name the one described here as the best of the three. The trail passes through three major canyons and several minor ones where a half-dozen springs make water available for most of the year. Numerous outcroppings of huge sandstone needles, banded with streaks of red and white, make the rugged terrain extremely attractive, and, as the map suggests, several interesting side trips are possible if you wish to extend the length of the hike. There are numerous points of interest along this trail, but the two-mile section from Squaw Canyon to the top of Big Spring Canyon is particularly exciting. This area is a fantasyland of slickrock. Like a giant outdoor funhouse, it has steep wavelike slides, spiraling redrock slot canyons, and several ladders bolted into the rock to help you up ledges and down drop-offs. In short, this hike is not only incredibly scenic, it is also a lot of fun. 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)

There are at least three nice loop hikes beginning at the Squaw Flat Trailhead. Each has its own rewards, but if I had to choose a favorite I think I would name the one described here as the best of the three. The trail passes through three major canyons and several minor ones where a half-dozen springs make water available for most of the year. Numerous outcroppings of huge sandstone needles, banded with streaks of red and white, make the rugged terrain extremely attractive, and, as the map suggests, several interesting side trips are possible if you wish to extend the length of the hike.

There are numerous points of interest along this trail, but the two-mile section from Squaw Canyon to the top of Big Spring Canyon is particularly exciting. This area is a fantasyland of slickrock. Like a giant outdoor funhouse, it has steep wavelike slides, spiraling redrock slot canyons, and several ladders bolted into the rock to help you up ledges and down drop-offs. In short, this hike is not only incredibly scenic, it is also a lot of fun. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 10.9
Elevation Gain: 490 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,120 feet
Top Elevation: 5,550 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS The Loop, Druid Arch
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Spring Canyon - Elephant Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

4/26/2008
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Great Hike!! Deep canyons and narrows.. Some of the best hiking I've ever done..Wear sun screen and a hat. Bring lots of water... Such a beautiful place I love it... Im going to do the whole loop this year for sure... I highly recommend this hike to any one who can make it..



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