Neck Spring Trail

Moab, Utah 84532

Neck Spring Trail

Neck Spring Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The most important natural resource in any desert environment is water, and this is certainly true in Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands receives only about nine inches of rain annually, and without springs and seeps the park's mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, and other large animals could not survive. The water sources are well known to the animals, and most of them frequent the springs on a daily basis. They come not only for the water itself but also because of the greater abundance of food nearby.

The two springs are particularly interesting because they were used extensively by ranchers who worked the area from about 1880 until 1964, and there are still many artifacts in the area that were left behind by the cowboys. The trail also passes through a small field of flint chips near Neck Spring-evidence that the area was occupied by prehistoric Indians long before the arrival of the cowboys. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow."

Neck Spring Trail Reviews

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You can see the highlights of the trail next to the parking lot. The rest is really walking through bushes.
The trail was as adverstised from the trail guide, "Canyon Land National Park, Favorite Jeep and Hiking Trails". My wife and I got a late start on the trail (1030 am)which in July put the temperature in the mid 90's to start. If we had to do it over again, we would have started much earlier. We usually plan well and in this case, we did have plenty of water, sliced organges and took our time on the trail. We took several breaks in the shade of Juniper or Pinion Pine Trees which were very numerous. The trip took us around 3 1/2 hours, which is more than we expected since we are experienced hikers. The heat was a major factor, which was well over 100 by the time we finished. The high temperature for Moab that day was 107. Another contributing factor, was the strenuous hike the day before in Arches National Park. We had hiked the Devils Garden trail, taking the primative loop trail on the way back to the trail head. Temperatures were again over 100 degrees by the time we finished even though we started early. Anyway, while on the trail, take the time to explore the springs mentioned in the trail quide. The vegitation also provides shade and the temperature is noticeably cooler. The hardest part of the trail is the 250 foot climb from the canyon up the slickrock to Gray's Pasture. It will leave you gasping if you aren't used to the altitude. We also liked the water troughs and the evidence of ranching earlier in the 20th century. All in all a wonderful hike with plenty of beautiful scenery.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
260 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.25 hours
Year-round, best spring and fall
5,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,800 feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Musselman Arch
Local Maps