Best Trails Near Monticello UT

Monticello has 72 trails in the vicinity, including 48 hiking trails and 12 for off-highway drives. These trails range from 0.3 to 100 miles in length. The longest trail in Monticello is Beef Basin Drive a well-known trail measuring 100 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Chesler Park, Salt Creek and Montezuma Canyon Trail. Trails.com member Hal G. recently completed Cave Spring Trail.

More information on the best trails in Monticello can be found below.
  • Lost Canyon / Elephant Canyon: Canyonlands National Park

    2 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A long loop hike nicely suited for backpackers. If you can afford the time to make this a three-day trip, you’ll have the opportunity to see most of the outstanding features of the Needles area. ...
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A long loop hike nicely suited for backpackers. If you can afford the time to make this a three-day trip, you’ll have the ...

  • Squaw Canyon / Big Spring Canyon: Canyonlands National Park

    2 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A moderate day hike or easy overnighter capturing the essence of the Needles District. This might be the nicest, most accessible loop trail in Canyonlands National Park. It’s ideal for a moderate ...
    •  7.1 miles
    •  Guide

    A moderate day hike or easy overnighter capturing the essence of the Needles District. This might be the nicest, most accessible ...

  • Beef Basin Drive

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    There are many Ancestral Puebloan (sometimes referred to as the Anasazi) structures and rock-art sites in this scenic basin, some close to the main Beef Basin loop road. Others are up side roads. ...
    •  Easy
    •  1 days
    •  100 miles
    •  Guide

    There are many Ancestral Puebloan (sometimes referred to as the Anasazi) structures and rock-art sites in this scenic basin, ...

  • Lost Canyon: Canyonlands National Park

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A spectacular loop hike through some of the best scenery in the Needles District. Lost Canyon is well named. It’s not only the kind of place you could get lost in, it’s so beautiful that it’s ...
    •  8.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A spectacular loop hike through some of the best scenery in the Needles District. Lost Canyon is well named. It’s not only ...

  • Confluence Overlook: Canyonlands National Park

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A long, strenuous day hike to a famous landmark, the con?uence of the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers. This is a serious hike, but the destination—a sweeping vista of the joining of two great ...
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A long, strenuous day hike to a famous landmark, the con?uence of the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers. This is a serious ...

  • Lost Canyon - Squaw Canyon Loop

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    Although they are scarcely a mile apart Lost Canyon and Squaw Canyon are very different in character. Squaw Canyon is dry and generally uninteresting, while Lost Canyon is deeper and has a surprising ...
    •  5.25 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Although they are scarcely a mile apart Lost Canyon and Squaw Canyon are very different in character. Squaw Canyon is dry ...

  • Slickrock Foot Trail: Canyonlands National Park

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A scenic trip through the geology of the Canyonlands. If you’re a beginner or experienced hiker with a half day to spend in the Needles District, the Slickrock Foot Trail is an excellent way ...
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A scenic trip through the geology of the Canyonlands. If you’re a beginner or experienced hiker with a half day to spend ...

  • Big Spring Canyon / Elephant Canyon: Canyonlands National Park

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    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 ...
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • Upper Salt Creek: Canyonlands National Park

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A long hike, well suited for backpackers, through an intriguing desert valley. Names can be misleading. Somehow, “Salt Creek” seems to imply a dry, harsh, and unpleasant place when quite ...
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    A long hike, well suited for backpackers, through an intriguing desert valley. Names can be misleading. Somehow, “Salt ...

  • Abajo Mountains Drive

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    Like the La Sal and Henry mountains, the Abajos (a.k.a. Blue Mountains) are igneous laccolithic mountains that tower above the Colorado Plateau’s sandstone expanse. They began as magma (molten ...
    •  Easy
    •  1 hour
    •  21.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Like the La Sal and Henry mountains, the Abajos (a.k.a. Blue Mountains) are igneous laccolithic mountains that tower above ...

  • Big Spring Canyon - Elephant Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    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 ...
    •  6.25 hours
    •  10.9 miles
    •  Guide

    There are at least three nice loop hikes beginning at the Squaw Flat Trailhead. Each has its own rewards, but if I had to ...

  • Lower Red Lake Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    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 ...
    •  5.25 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Red Lake Canyon provides the only feasible route for a good trail through the rugged Needles District of Canyonlands to the ...

  • Elephant Hill to Squaw Flat: Canyonlands National Park

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A shuttle hike through some of the best scenery in the Needles District. If your party has two vehicles, or you’re staying at the Squaw Flat Campground and one member of your party volunteers ...
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    A shuttle hike through some of the best scenery in the Needles District. If your party has two vehicles, or you’re staying ...

  • The Big Needles Loop: Canyonlands National Park

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A major backpacking trip covering most of the outstanding features of the Needles District. The Needles Trails backcountry zone offers many opportunities for long backpacking trips, many of ...
    •  21.7 miles
    •  Guide

    A major backpacking trip covering most of the outstanding features of the Needles District. The Needles Trails backcountry ...

  • Peekaboo: Canyonlands National Park

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A tough day hike or moderate overnighter with lots of options and side trips. You have several options for seeing the Peekaboo Spring area. If you’re in the mood for a long, strenuous day hike, ...
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    A tough day hike or moderate overnighter with lots of options and side trips. You have several options for seeing the Peekaboo ...

  • Fortress Arch: Canyonlands National Park

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A short wash walk to a massive arch at the end of a four-wheel- drive road. The Fortress Arch Trail starts right at the end of Horse Canyon Road. From the parking area it heads up a dry wash ...
    •  0.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A short wash walk to a massive arch at the end of a four-wheel- drive road. The Fortress Arch Trail starts right at the ...

  • Castle Arch: Canyonlands National Park

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A short, uphill walk to a big arch accessed by a four-wheel-drive road. Just before the end of Horse Canyon Road is the trailhead sign for Castle Arch Trail and a spot to pull off the main road. ...
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A short, uphill walk to a big arch accessed by a four-wheel-drive road. Just before the end of Horse Canyon Road is the trailhead ...

  • Pothole Point: Canyonlands National Park

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A short hike to learn about life in desert potholes. If you need a little exercise or want to take small children for an easy, safe hike where they might learn something about desert ecology, ...
    •  0.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A short hike to learn about life in desert potholes. If you need a little exercise or want to take small children for an ...

  • Cave Spring: Canyonlands National Park

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    An opportunity to learn about the cultural history and desert plant life on a short hike. If you’re in the Needles area and have an extra hour, the Cave Spring hike is a pleasant way to spend ...
    •  0.6 miles
    •  Guide

    An opportunity to learn about the cultural history and desert plant life on a short hike. If you’re in the Needles area ...

  • Roadside Ruin: Canyonlands National Park

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    A very short walk and good opportunity to learn about local plant life and cultural history. This hike offers an easy introduction to the Canyonlands and its cultural history and plant life. ...
    •  0.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A very short walk and good opportunity to learn about local plant life and cultural history. This hike offers an easy introduction ...

  • Abajo Peak Drive

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    Abajo Peak, 11,360 feet, is the highest in the Abajo Mountains, which are also known as the Blue Mountains due to the bluish hue they have when viewed from a distance. The Abajo Mountains were ...
    •  Easy
    •  1.5 hours
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    Abajo Peak, 11,360 feet, is the highest in the Abajo Mountains, which are also known as the Blue Mountains due to the bluish ...

  • Abajo Mountains Challenge

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    The Abajo Mountains Challenge is a 43.2-mile loop that begins with a long mountain climb and descent and concludes with a series of rolling hills and long, false flats. With the exception of ...
    •  43.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Abajo Mountains Challenge is a 43.2-mile loop that begins with a long mountain climb and descent and concludes with a ...

  • Montezuma Canyon Trail

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    This interest-packed route sees very few visitors. Its entire length is graded county road that poses no difficulties for passenger vehicles in dry weather. It travels mostly along the wide-bottomed ...
    •  Easy
    •  2.5 hours
    •  41.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This interest-packed route sees very few visitors. Its entire length is graded county road that poses no difficulties for ...

  • Blue Mountains Road

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    This long and varied trail travels almost wholly within the Monticello Ranger District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. It leaves from the center of Monticello, off US 191, two blocks south ...
    •  Easy
    •  3 hours
    •  44 miles
    •  Guide

    This long and varied trail travels almost wholly within the Monticello Ranger District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. ...

  • Beef Basin Trail

    0 Reviews

    Monticello, UT

    This route leads off Cottonwood Canyon Trail and descends into the large bowl of Beef Basin. The trail is a mixture of sandy sections and rock, and conditions can change quickly depending on ...
    •  Moderate
    •  1 hour
    •  13.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This route leads off Cottonwood Canyon Trail and descends into the large bowl of Beef Basin. The trail is a mixture of sandy ...