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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
The Gooseberry Trail is the shortest of six established trails in Canyonlands that descend from the Island in the Sky Mesa to the White Rim Road. It is also probably the newest of the six. It was built just before World War II by WPA workers to access a spring below the rim and also to give the local ranchers better access to the pastures on the White Rim Plateau. It is doubtful in my mind, however, that the trail was ever used by livestock. It is extremely steep in places, and I can?t imagine driving sheep or cattle down the trail. Most old timers know this trail as the Government Trail; it was renamed Gooseberry Trail by the Park Service in the 1960s. Trail: Well marked and easy to follow, but very steep and rocky in one area. There is no water, so carry plenty.
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