Chesler Park Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"If you can stand the high desert temperatures, the Needles District of Canyonlands is a hiker's paradise. The needles themselves are the main attraction. Carved by the wind and the rain from the multicolored Cedar Mesa Sandstone, they present a startling array of spires and pinnacles that rise from the slickrock like a forest of sandstone trees. Some parts of the trail wind torturously through the stone towers and canyons, forcing hikers to negotiate one obstacle after another.
Deep inside the rugged needles country lies an unexpected refuge of gentle grassland. This is Chesler Park-a flat, circular-shaped meadow about a mile in diameter, almost completely surrounded by the sandstone needles. There are three designated camping areas on the perimeter of the meadow, and one could hardly ask for a more beautiful place to spend a night or two. There are also several other interesting things to see within an easy walk of Chesler Park, including an impressive natural arch and a small Anasazi Indian ruin. The one drawback that prevents Chesler from being a perfect hiking destination is the unavailability of water. The nearest reliable spring is two miles away in Elephant Canyon, so you will have to carry most of your water with you."