Cave Spring Trail

Monticello, Utah 84535

Cave Spring Trail

Cave Spring Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A hundred years ago the cattle and sheep business was probably the most important industry in the West. That was also a time when there were virtually no laws governing where sheep and cattle could graze, and ranchers were constantly seeking new pastures for their animals. It was around 1890 when they first began bringing livestock into what is now Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands was extremely remote at that time. Just to get to the pastures often required a 2-3 day ride, and cowboys frequently had to stay in the backcountry with the herd for months at a time. To make life a little more pleasant for the cowboys a series of camps were established throughout the area, and in the Needles District the Cave Spring Camp was one of the most important.

Today the Cave Spring Camp is still largely intact, and it offers a fascinating insight into what a cowboy's life was like in the early 1900s. The camp was first established around the turn of the century, but after 1918 when the Indian Creek Cattle Company was formed it gained particular prominence. Within ten years the company had become the largest cattle operation in Utah, with its headquarters at the Dugout Ranch just 15 miles east of the national park. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
15 minutes
Year-round, best spring and fall
4,950 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,950 feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS The Loop
Local Maps

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Jul 2018