Lower Red Lake Canyon

Monticello, Utah

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Red Lake Canyon provides the only feasible route for a good trail through the rugged Needles District of Canyonlands to the Colorado River; hence there has probably been a footpath through the canyon for hundreds or thousands of years. The existing path was improved by the Park Service after the mid-1960s, and now it provides an interesting way for hikers to see the Colorado River. From the trailhead in Cyclone Canyon the trail immediately begins to descend westward through a small ravine that connects Cyclone Canyon to Red Lake Canyon. After a distance of 0.7 miles and an elevation loss of 240 feet the trail reaches the sandy bottom of Red Lake Canyon, a huge, graben that seems to go on forever in both directions. The trail then turns north and proceeds down the right side of the canyon for 0.3 mile before crossing to the opposite side and climbing out. In spite of what the name suggests, there is no water in Red Lake Canyon. 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)

Red Lake Canyon provides the only feasible route for a good trail through the rugged Needles District of Canyonlands to the Colorado River; hence there has probably been a footpath through the canyon for hundreds or thousands of years. The existing path was improved by the Park Service after the mid-1960s, and now it provides an interesting way for hikers to see the Colorado River.

From the trailhead in Cyclone Canyon the trail immediately begins to descend westward through a small ravine that connects Cyclone Canyon to Red Lake Canyon. After a distance of 0.7 miles and an elevation loss of 240 feet the trail reaches the sandy bottom of Red Lake Canyon, a huge, graben that seems to go on forever in both directions. The trail then turns north and proceeds down the right side of the canyon for 0.3 mile before crossing to the opposite side and climbing out. In spite of what the name suggests, there is no water in Red Lake Canyon. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 1,150 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,840 feet
Top Elevation: 4,840 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Spanish Bottom
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Red Lake Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

6/8/2007
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If you get an early start, you won't have to contend with jeeps. The first part is kind of a slog over some pretty gnarly jeep terrain (pretty easy walking). May & June make for the greenest hiking (wildflowers, etc). Bring plenty of water, or a way to filter the Colorado. We spent the night on the water's edge and woke up to the sound of Bighorn swimming across the lake! Pretty cool.



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