Big Spring Canyon - Elephant Canyon

Monticello, Utah 84535

Big Spring Canyon - Elephant Canyon

Big Spring Canyon - Elephant Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"There are at least three nice loop hikes beginning at the Squaw Flat Trailhead. Each has its own rewards, but if I had to choose a favorite I think I would name the one described here as the best of the three. The trail passes through three major canyons and several minor ones where a half-dozen springs make water available for most of the year. Numerous outcroppings of huge sandstone needles, banded with streaks of red and white, make the rugged terrain extremely attractive, and, as the map suggests, several interesting side trips are possible if you wish to extend the length of the hike.

There are numerous points of interest along this trail, but the two-mile section from Squaw Canyon to the top of Big Spring Canyon is particularly exciting. This area is a fantasyland of slickrock. Like a giant outdoor funhouse, it has steep wavelike slides, spiraling redrock slot canyons, and several ladders bolted into the rock to help you up ledges and down drop-offs. In short, this hike is not only incredibly scenic, it is also a lot of fun. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow."

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"A long day hike and a good choice for an overnighter. If you aren’t in good physical condition, this hike might be too much for a day hike, but you have the option of making it an overnighter by staying at one of several backcountry campsites along the way. You can follow the loop in either direction, but this description follows the clockwise route."

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4/26/2008
Great Hike!! Deep canyons and narrows.. Some of the best hiking I've ever done..Wear sun screen and a hat. Bring lots of water... Such a beautiful place I love it...
Im going to do the whole loop this year for sure... I highly recommend this hike to any one who can make it..
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Trail Information

Monticello
Nearby City
10.9
Distance
490 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6.25 hours
Duration
Year-round, best spring and fall
Season
5,120 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,550 feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS The Loop, Druid Arch
Local Maps

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