Chesler Park

Monticello, Utah 84535

Chesler Park

Chesler Park Professional Review and Guide

"Most people hike this area in April, May, or September—all great times to visit Canyonlands, but it’s usually crowded. Consider an off-season trip in October/November or February/March. Canyonlands does get snow during these times, but the 4WD roads are closed and few hikers brave the park, even though conditions are excellent during warm and dry periods. Don’t miss the Joint Trail! It’s a short 0.75-mile loop spur that rivals Chesler Park as the highlight of this hike.

The trail crosses slickrock for about a 0.5 mile then drops into a cave-like crack in the rock formation. For the next 0.25 mile the trail wanders through increasingly narrow cracks, or joints, between huge sandstone blocks. Side cracks offer plenty of opportunity for exploration. Some of the cracks dead-end; others can lead up on top of the blocky sandstone. A set of human-carved steps leads out of the joints to rejoin the Chesler Park Trail. A short spur trail at this junction rises up onto a ledge for a better view of the park."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,260 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 to 8 hours
February to early June, September to November
Canyonlands National Park, Needles District
Local Contacts
USGS The Loop, Druid Arch; Trails Illustrated Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018