Lower Red Lake Canyon

Monticello, Utah 84535

Lower Red Lake Canyon

Lower Red Lake Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Red Lake Canyon provides the only feasible route for a good trail through the rugged Needles District of Canyonlands to the Colorado River; hence there has probably been a footpath through the canyon for hundreds or thousands of years. The existing path was improved by the Park Service after the mid-1960s, and now it provides an interesting way for hikers to see the Colorado River.

From the trailhead in Cyclone Canyon the trail immediately begins to descend westward through a small ravine that connects Cyclone Canyon to Red Lake Canyon. After a distance of 0.7 miles and an elevation loss of 240 feet the trail reaches the sandy bottom of Red Lake Canyon, a huge, graben that seems to go on forever in both directions. The trail then turns north and proceeds down the right side of the canyon for 0.3 mile before crossing to the opposite side and climbing out. In spite of what the name suggests, there is no water in Red Lake Canyon. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow."

Lower Red Lake Canyon Reviews

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If you get an early start, you won't have to contend with jeeps. The first part is kind of a slog over some pretty gnarly jeep terrain (pretty easy walking). May & June make for the greenest hiking (wildflowers, etc). Bring plenty of water, or a way to filter the Colorado. We spent the night on the water's edge and woke up to the sound of Bighorn swimming across the lake! Pretty cool.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,150 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5.25 hours
Year-round, best spring and fall
4,840 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,840 feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Spanish Bottom
Local Maps

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Jul 2018