Devils Pocket Loop

Monticello, Utah

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Devils Pocket is the whimsical name given to an odd, flat-bottomed canyon that extends southward from the Devils Kitchen Campground. This canyon is one of many unusual depressions that occur east of the Colorado River in the Needles area. Geologists call them grabens, and they are formed in areas where the surface of the land has dropped downward between two parallel faults. In Canyonlands this geologic activity is the result of a huge deposit of salt that lies several thousand feet below the surface. The fluid-like salt is continually being pushed and squeezed by movements in the earth's crust, causing the overlying rock to collapse into sinkholes and grabens or be pushed up into domes and horsts. 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)

Devils Pocket is the whimsical name given to an odd, flat-bottomed canyon that extends southward from the Devils Kitchen Campground. This canyon is one of many unusual depressions that occur east of the Colorado River in the Needles area. Geologists call them grabens, and they are formed in areas where the surface of the land has dropped downward between two parallel faults.

In Canyonlands this geologic activity is the result of a huge deposit of salt that lies several thousand feet below the surface. The fluid-like salt is continually being pushed and squeezed by movements in the earth's crust, causing the overlying rock to collapse into sinkholes and grabens or be pushed up into domes and horsts. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,240 feet
Top Elevation: 5,650 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS The Loop, Druid Arch
Driving Directions: Directions to Devils Pocket Loop

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