Chesler Park Trail

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District, Utah

Elevation Gain685ft
Trailhead Elevation5,308ft
Elevation Min/Max5303/5810ft
Elevation Start/End5308/5308ft

Chesler Park Trail

Chesler Park Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Needles District. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 5,308 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 685 feet. The trail ends near the Chesler Park attraction. This trail connects with the following: Druid Arch Trail.

Chesler Park Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Chesler Park itself is a small desert meadow, flat and covered with sagebrush, pinyons, junipers, and other hardy plant denizens of the high Utah canyonlands. But it is also a magnificent place surrounded with gorgeous red-andwhite sandstone towers whose intriguing shapes fascinate the eye and encourage exploration."

"Deep inside the rugged Needles District of Canyonlands lies an unexpected refuge of gentle grassland called Chesler Park. The flat, circular-shaped park, or meadow, is about a mile in diameter and is almost completely surrounded by towering needles of pink sandstone. Before 1964 this area was used by the Dugout Ranch as a grazing pasture for cattle, and the remnants of an old cowboy camp can still be seen on the southern side of the park. The ranchers even flew small airplanes into the park on occasion, but any signs of the old landing strip have long since disappeared.

It has been more than a quarter century since cattle were grazed in Chesler Park, and the sandy meadow has once again been reclaimed by a thick growth of grasses and desert shrubs. The trail described here begins at the Elephant Hill Trailhead and heads south to the northeast side of Chesler Park. It then circles the perimeter of the park before returning to Elephant Hill. As the map suggests, however, there are several other possible routes to Chesler Park. One particularly nice overnight hike combines a visit to Chesler Park with the Big Spring Canyon-Elephant Canyon loop. Another possibility is to do the Druid Arch hike as an overnighter with a camp in Chesler Park."

Chesler Park Trail Reviews

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The trail takes you through amazing and beautiful formations with a good variety of views and landscapes. The final vista of the needles before going down into Chesler Park is truly magnificent. There are some fairly steep trails down and up the canyon bottoms and a few shady spots for breaks from the sun. We did the six mile round trip Chesler Park Viewpoint trail without going around the park, which was plenty for us on our first day in the park. Get a trail guide at the Visitors Center. Carry plenty of water! We took 3 liters each. Big Spring Canyon to Squaw Canyon trail was also a wonder, perhaps even more magnificent, 7.5 miles round trip--a must! We did that the third day; we found we needed a down day between hiking days. The little 2.4 Slick Rock Trail we did at the end of the second day was easy and totally wondrous too. I think is must be longer when you take the side view trails along the way. We didn't want to leave!

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Trail Information

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Nearby City
Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park, Needles District
Local Contacts
USGS Druid Arch, The Loop
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