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Canyonlands

National Park Service


U.S. Department of the Interior

Canyonlands National Park

Needles District Trails and Roads

Overlook/ High-clearance,
Paved road Rapids Ranger station Developed Campground Self-guiding trail
4-wheel-drive road
Locked gate At-large
Backpacking Zone Picnic area Backcountry Vehicle Camp T Backcountry Trailhead Parking
Unpaved Name of
2-wheel-drive road Hiking Trail Name Potable Water Designated Backpacking Site
Backpacking Zone

NOTE: White shading within Canyonlands National Park indicates areas with designated site camping only.

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Hiking Trails Over 60 miles of interconnecting trails present hikers with spectacular canyon scenery.
Some of the more common routes are described below. Trails traverse a mixture of slick-
rock benches and sandy washes, and some may require negotiating steep, rocky passes
with drop-offs, narrow areas and ladders. Water sources are unreliable; carry all that you
will need. Trails are marked with cairns (small rock piles) and signs at intersections.

Elephant Hill Trailhead Squaw Flat Loop A Trailhead


Chesler Park Viewpoint Big Spring Canyon to Squaw Canyon
6mi/10km, 3-4 hrs round trip 7.5 mi/12 km, 3-4 hrs round trip
This popular trail leads across to a pass overlook- A great introduction to the landscape of the Needles,
ing a scenic expanse of desert grasses and shrubs connecting two canyons for a loop across varied
surrounded by sandstone spires. terrain. The route between the canyons climbs steep
grades that are dangerous when wet and may make
Chesler Park Loop / Joint Trail people with a fear of heights uncomfortable.
11 mi/18 km, 5-7 hrs round trip
This loop travels beyond the viewpoint described Big Spring Canyon to Elephant Canyon
above, providing great views of the Needles 10.8 mi/17 km, 4-6 hrs round trip
SHORT HIKES This loop features extended hiking on slickrock
Short on time? Four short, self- formations. The southern portion, called the
guiding interpretive trails highlight Joint Trail, winds through deep, narrow fractures benches and mesa tops overlooking canyons.
various aspects of the area's cultural in the rock. A short segment follows the four- Excellent views of sheer cliff walls and other rock
and natural history. Trail guides are wheel-drive road. formations. Two ladders must be climbed in the pass
available in the visitor center and at between the canyons.
trailheads for a nominal fee. Druid Arch
11 mi/18 km, 5-7 hrs round trip Squaw Canyon to Lost Canyon
Roadside Ruin This trail offers one of the most spectacular 8.7 mi/14 km, 4-6 hrs round trip
.3 mi/.5 km, 20 minutes
views in the Needles. It follows the first part of Another wonderful loop hike with some difficult
Easy trail. Leads to an ancestral
the Chesler Park trail, then branches off to travel sections climbing between the two canyons.
Puebloan granary. Riparian areas in both canyons attract birds
along the bottom of Elephant Canyon through
Cave Spring deep sand and loose rock. The last .25 mile at and other wildlife. Route in Lost Canyon passes
.6 mi/1 km, 45 minutes the upper end is steep with 1 ladder and some through dense vegetation and may be very wet.
Two ladders. Leads to historic cowboy scrambling. One ladder must be climbed.
camp and prehistoric pictographs.
Peekaboo
Pothole Point
Big Spring Canyon Trailhead 10 mi/16.5 km, 5-6 hrs round trip
. 6 mi/1 km, 45 minutes Confluence Overlook Trail crosses both Squaw and Lost canyons on
Uneven surface. Leads to pothole
10 mi/16.5 km, 5-6 hrs round trip its way to Salt Creek Canyon, passing along high
communities, views of the Needles.
Unlike other Needles hikes, this trail traverses slickrock benches with spectacular views. Steep
dry, open country along the northern edge of slopes and nearby cliff edges make this a challeng-
Slickrock Trail
the geologic faults that shaped the Needles. Trail ing route. Two ladders must be climbed. Prehis-
2.4 mi/4 km, 2 hours
Uneven surface. Several viewpoints ends at a cliff overlooking the junction of the toric rock art panel may be seen at the end of the
and sometimes bighorn sheep. Green and Colorado rivers 1,000 feet below. trail near Peekaboo camp.

Four-Wheel-Drive Roads Over 50 miles of challenging backcountry roads access campsites, trailheads and park
attractions. All vehicles and bikes must remain on designated roads. All of these roads
require high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. Drive carefully: the risk of vehicle
damage is great and towing expenses typically exceed $1,000.

Elephant Hill Horse Canyon / Peekaboo


One of the most technical four-wheel-drive roads Permit required for day and overnight use. Roads
in Utah, Elephant Hill presents drivers with steep travel along canyon bottoms where deep sand,
grades, loose rock, stair-step drops, tight turns deep water and quicksand are common. Too
and backing. Over the hill, equally challenging sandy for mountain bikes. At Peekaboo, vehicle
roads lead to various campsites and trailheads, as campsites are available and prehistoric rock art
well as to BLM lands south of the park. Challeng- may be seen. Horse Canyon road leads to several
ing mountain biking. arches and Tower Ruin.
Colorado Overlook Lavender Canyon
Moderate road, good for mountain bikes. There Permit required for day use. Road follows a
Backcountry Reservations are large rocks and stair-step drops in the last canyon bottom where deep sand, deep water and
Canyonlands National Park 1.5 miles which visitors may avoid by parking on quicksand are common. Too sandy for mountain
Reservation Office the road (leave room for others!) and walking to bikes. There are two major creek crossings with
2282 S. West Resource Blvd. the overlook. Outstanding views of the Colorado steep banks. Arches and ancestral Puebloan gra-
Moab, UT 84532
River Canyon. Unprotected overlook; use cau- naries may be viewed from the road. No vehicle
Phone: (435)259-4351
Fax: (435)259-4285 tion. No vehicle camping. camping inside the park.

Protect Your Park Protect Yourself


Pets are not allowed on hiking trails or on Drink at least one gallon of water each day.
four-wheel-drive roads, even in a vehicle. Always carry a topo map, adequate clothing,
Do not enter, alter, damage or deface archeo- and a flashlight.
logical sites. Do not collect artifacts. Remain in one place if you become lost or
Vehicles and bikes must stay on roads. separated from a group.
ATVs and OHVs are not permitted. Never cross a canyon that is flooding.
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Canyonlands National Park
Protect cryptobiotic soil crusts by staying on During lightning storms, avoid lone trees, cliff
2282 S. West Resource Blvd. trails and roads. edges and high ridges. Return to your vehicle
Moab, UT 84532 Permits are required for all overnight if possible.
(435)719-2313 backcountry trips. Be careful near cliff edges, especially when
www.nps.gov/cany rock surfaces are wet or icy.

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