Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Trails in Canyonlands

Alcove Spring Trail

The Alcove Spring Trail leads from the mesa top, immediately east of Upheaval Dome, into Trail Canyon. The route descends through Trail Canyon for several miles to meet Taylor Canyon, then White Rim Road. There is no water available along this route. Hikers can expect heavy biking and vehicular ...

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Aztec Butte Trail

Length: 2 mi/3 km round-trip Start: Aztec Butte parking area Time: 1.5 hours Elevation Change: 225 ft/69 m This route leads one mile northeastward from the Upheaval Dome Road. The trail to Aztec Butte begins at an elevation of 6,100 feet in Willow Flat. It ascends slowly at first then more steeply as ...

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Big Spring Canyon Trail

This four mile trail leads from an access road in Squaw Flat, immediately east of the campground, through Big Spring Canyon. It follows the canyon bottom southward from the trailhead and connects with several trails. A long or short loop can be created by using the Big Spring Canyon ...

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Cave Spring Trail

Length (round-trip): .6 mi/1 km Start: Cave Spring parking area Time: 45 minutes Trail features a historic cowboy line camp and prehistoric pictographs. Two wooden ladders must be climbed. Length (round-trip): .6 mi/1 km Start: Cave Spring parking area Time: 45 minutes Trail features a historic cowboy line camp and prehistoric pictographs. Two wooden ladders must ...

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Chesler Park Loop / Joint Trail

Length: 11 mi/18 km round-trip Start: Elephant Hill Trailhead Hiking three miles along this trail brings visitors to a saddle overlooking Chesler Park, a scenic expanse of desert grasses and shrubs surrounded by colorful sandstone spires. The loop around Chesler is fairly level and winds through a series of deep, narrow ...

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Confluence Overlook

Length: 11 mi/18 km round-trip Start: Big Spring Canyon Overlook Unlike other hikes in the district, this trail traverses mostly dry, open country along the northern edge of the geologic faults that shaped the Needles. Trail ends at a cliff overlooking the junction of the Green and Colorado rivers. At-large camping ...

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Deadman's Trail

Deadmans Trail leads northward from the eastern rim of Horseshoe Canyon to the canyon bottom. The route is dry and steep, but there is usually water on the floor of Horseshoe Canyon. This route is lightly cairned and seldom used. Be prepared to do some route finding in the ...

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Devils Kitchen Trail

This route leads almost two and a half miles northward then westward from Chesler Park. It parallels Elephant Canyon as it winds through spires and around fins along the slickrock. The route leads one and a half miles northward before turning southwestward towards Devils Kitchen. The track ends at ...

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Devils Pocket Trail

Location: In the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park Difficulty: Intermediate Length: 5 mile loop Elevation: 250 feet Time to Allow: 3 hours Camping Info: Dispersed camping allowed Season: Year round, but best Apr.-May and Sep.-Oct. Devils Pocket Trail begins at mile 2.8 of the trail to Chesler Park. It passes through some of the ...

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Elephant Canyon / Druid Arch

Length: 11 mi/18 km round-trip Start: Elephant Hill Trailhead This trail offers one of the most spectacular views in the Needles. It follows the Chesler Park access trail to Elephant Canyon, then travels along the canyon bottom across a mixture of deep sand and loose rock all the way to its ...

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Fort Bottom Ruin Trail

The Fort Bottom Ruin Trail is a moderately difficult trail that descends two miles to the Colorado River from White Rim Road. The destination of this route, abend in the river named Fort Bottom, has been inhabited by by humans for thousands of years. An abandoned cabin from the ...

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Gooseberry Trail

This route leads northeastward from the mesa top at Grand View Point three miles to Gooseberry Camp. The route descends steeply through the various layers of the canyon to meet the Gooseberry drainage. The route is rocky and dry. Begin this trail at the Grand View Point Picnic Area. ...

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Gooseneck Trail

The Gooseneck Trail begins from the eastern portion of White Rim Road slightly more than one mile west of the Potash/White Rim Road junction. It leads one half mile eastward gaining 50 feet in elevation to Goose Neck overlook. The perspective from Goose Neck overlook is westward across the ...

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Grand View Point Trail

Length: 2 mi/3 km round trip Start: Grand View Point Time: 1 hour An easy walk out to the very end of the Island in the Sky mesa. Panoramic views. Visitor Information 435-719-2313 Backcountry ...

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Grays Pasture Trail

Location: Off the main scenic drive in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park Difficulty: Difficult Length: 11 mile roundtrip Elevation: 1600 feet Time to Allow: 5 to 7 hours Camping Info: Dispersed camping allowed Season: Year round, but best Apr.-May and Sep.-Oct. This trail runs through flat grasslands of Gray Pasture ...

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