Canyonlands National Park Neck Spring

Moab, Utah

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A popular day hike and one of the few loop routes in Island in the Sky. The Neck has historical significance. Here the Island in the Sky plateau narrows to about 40 feet with sheer cliffs dropping off on both sides. This natural phenomenon allowed early ranchers who ran livestock in the area (before the park was created) to control the entire 43-square-mile mesa with one 40-foot fence across this narrow spot, later named the Neck. Nature is also making a play at the Neck. Erosion is gradually wearing away the already narrow entrance to Island in the Sky. Sometime in the future, Island in the Sky might really be an island.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A popular day hike and one of the few loop routes in Island in the Sky. The Neck has historical significance. Here the Island in the Sky plateau narrows to about 40 feet with sheer cliffs dropping off on both sides.

This natural phenomenon allowed early ranchers who ran livestock in the area (before the park was created) to control the entire 43-square-mile mesa with one 40-foot fence across this narrow spot, later named the Neck. Nature is also making a play at the Neck. Erosion is gradually wearing away the already narrow entrance to Island in the Sky. Sometime in the future, Island in the Sky might really be an island.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Length: 6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park 2282 South West Resource Blvd. Moab, UT 84532 Phone: (435) 719-2313 Website: www.nps.gov/cany
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Island in the Sky and USGS Musselman Arch
Topo Map: Canyonlands National Park: Neck Spring Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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9/13/2017

Fun hike. Started just at sunrise and enjoyed the coolness of the canyon.

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