The Golden Stairs Canyonlands National Park

Hanksville, Utah 84734

The Golden Stairs Canyonlands National Park

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"A delightful short day hike, especially if you’re staying at Golden Stairs Camp. If you’re staying at the Golden Stairs Camp, you’ll want to take a delightful evening or early morning walk down the Golden Stairs.

For those who don’t have the high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle necessary to make it over the Teapot Rock section of Doll House Road, this trail also can be used as a way to backpack into Ernie’s Country."

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails (Rincon Publishing)
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"The Golden Stairs Trail was originally built by sheep and cattle ranchers around the turn of the 20th century to facilitate moving their animals from Ernie's Country to the pastures in Elaterite Basin. Today the trail is sometimes used as an alternative way to access Ernie's Country by people who want to avoid the difficult 4WD road through Teapot Canyon. With care 2WD trucks can sometimes be driven to the Golden Stairs Trailhead via Waterhole Flat, but it is almost impossible to get a 2WD vehicle through Teapot Canyon to Ernie's Country. It is only a 0.8-mile walk along the Dollhouse Road from the lower Golden Stairs Trailhead to the Ernie's Country eastern trailhead. Neither trailhead is marked with a sign, but both are well marked with stone cairns. Trail: This is a primitive trail, very steep and rocky in a few places, but it is well marked by cairns."

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