Canyonlands National Park

La Sal Loop Scenic Drive

La Sal Loop Scenic Drive

Driving Directions The Trail: The La Sal Loop is a beautiful scenic road that takes you into the mountains. The road starts south of Moab at the Spanish Valley turn and returns to Moab via Highway 128. It is well signed and is a popular road. It is paved the entire way and suitable to most vehicles. The road doesn't become too exposed but some people may not like the heights. This area is great in the fall. The yellow leaves with the 12,000 foot peaks look great. As you look below there are great contrasting views of the desert and Canyonlands National Park. The higher the road climbs the better the views get. As you get toward the northern end of the loop you will notice many towers below you. Finally you will reach highway 128 that will follow the mighty Colorado River and take you back to Moab ...
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Canyonlands National Park

White Rim Trail Impassable Due to Flooding

Canyonlands National Park alerted the media on May 17th that the Green River is running high and the White Rim Trail is currently impassable. No dates were given for when it may reopen. This means that coming from the east side of the trail, you will not be able to reach the west exit. And vice versa. The area between Potato Bottom and Labyrinth campsites is flooding. KSL.com Canyonlands NP.com ...
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Cave Spring - Canyonlands National Park

Cave Spring – Canyonlands National Park

Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: Cave Spring is a short and fun little trail located in the Needles District of Canyonlands. This trail is suitable for just about anyone who can climb a ladder and use a little basic common sense around short ledges. Kids will love this one since they get to climb on rocks. (as a kid I looked forward to nothing more than climbing on rocks) The trail makes a loop that is three quarters of mile with only 100 feet of elevation change. The trail is best done in a clockwise direction. The parking area is very well signed. From the parking area you will hike a very short ways through the brush before coming to an old cowboy camp that dates back to the cattle days of the park over 100 years ago. This is the exact camp and equipment and there is even ...
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Roadside Ruin - Canyonlands National Park

Roadside Ruin – Canyonlands National Park

Driving Directions The Trail: Roadside Ruin is a very short, and very easy trail located in the Needles District of Canyonlands. Unlike most of the Needles District, this hike is accessible by any vehicle. It is a good one to stretch your legs, or if you have never seen any native ruins, but I thought it was pretty anti climatic. There are booklets at the start with info about the numbered kiosks along the way. The kiosks teach you about how the natives used the different plants and land to survive in such a hostile environment. The whole hike makes a loop with classic desert scenery. Far in the distance you can see Grandview Point. You will soon come to the small granary that held seeds for the natives hundreds of years ago. Personal Thoughts: This trail is worth doing once, especially if you have never visited before. Its an ...
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Mesa Arch - Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch – Canyonlands National Park

Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: Mesa Arch is easily the most photographed spot in Canyonlands. Its a good spot because you can take good photos almost any time of day. Most every morning there are many people waiting for the sun to rise to get an iconic shot. I went in the afternoon and still had a good time. There are almost always people here so this is not the place to come for solitude. Its cool and worth seeing but not as cool as other areas in the park. The trail makes a very easy loop with stairs helping for most of the 150 feet of elevation gain. The whole loop is 0.66 miles making this a very family friendly hike. The arch itself is pretty small and unspectacular. The reason its so popular is not the arch itself, but what it frames. It offers great views of ...
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Chesler Park/ Devils Kitchen Loop - Canyonlands National Park

Chesler Park/ Devils Kitchen Loop – Canyonlands National Park

GPS Coordinates: Devils Kitchen Trail Head:38.13729N, 109.86154W Elephant Hill Trail Head:38.14178N, 109.82752W Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: This is one of my all time favorite areas and is quite possibly my all time favorite. This is the best non-technical hiking in any Utah National Park. It is a very unique area and there aren't really any others like it. It is a very remote and dry area so make sure you have the necessary supplies to safely visit. Spring, and fall are the best times to visit when the daytime temperatures are less extreme meaning you don't need as much water. There are several loops and options in the Chesler Park area that can be done. I have always found it best to off road to Devils Kitchen and spend at least a couple days hiking the area. If you don't have off road capable vehicles then you can ...
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Elephant Hill to Devils Kitchen - Trail Guide - Canyonlands National Park

Elephant Hill to Devils Kitchen – Trail Guide – Canyonlands National Park

GPS Coordinates: Trail Head:38.14178N, 109.82752W Devils Kitchen:38.13729N, 109.86154W Driving Directions: The Trail: Elephant Hill is one of the best places anyone can visit. The Devil's Kitchen is my all time favorite place to camp and the adventure getting there is all icing on the cake. With that being said this is not a place to take lightly. It is very remote meaning if something goes wrong help could be a long wait and very expensive. I have listed some supplies you will need above but make sure to make your own list and remember that you can't over prepare. This road requires a four wheel drive vehicle with low range. I did it in a completely stock half ton truck. This was about the limit of what would make it. The stock clearance issues mean that I scraped plenty of times. It would also not be a good place to ...
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White Rim Trail - Trail Guide - Canyonlands National Park

White Rim Trail – Trail Guide – Canyonlands National Park

GPS Coordinates: Shafer Trail:38.47179N, 109.81105W Exit on HWY 131:38.58329N, 109.80132W Driving Directions The Trail: The White Rim Road is an amazing off road trail in Canyonlands National Park. It is probably the premier off road experience in any national park. There are so many elements that combine to make this one of my five favorite places I have ever been. You get amazing vistas, camping, hiking, off roading, and remoteness. Ever since I first visited as young kid with my Dad I have loved this place. This road can also be done on mountain bikes with a supply truck. But I prefer to sit in the car and take my time and soak it all in. This trail circles around the entire base of the Island in the Sky district in Canyonlands. This road is fairly easy for anyone with any experience. I was able to easily complete it in ...
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Canyonlands: Spanish Bottom

Canyonlands: Spanish Bottom

Spanish Bottom is a good and steep hike down to the Colorado River in the Cataract Canyon Section. It has some interesting history and is the most common trail hiked in the Maze District of Canyonlands. Rafters take a break here and will hike up to the plateau to see the Dollhouse Granaries. This is the only place you are likely to run into people in the Maze (in our case a shoeless hippy with feathers in his hair and his attractive, and more plainly dressed girlfriend). Check out our Maze overview trek, and the video of our trip. They will give you a good idea of what the Maze is like. GPS Coordinates: Parking Lot:  38° 9.444'N, 109° 56.890'W Ridge:  38° 9.507'N, 109° 56.426'W Colorado River:  38° 9.401'N, 109° 55.987'W Trail Map Driving Directions Warning: This area has been called one of the most dangerous and remote parts of the continental United States. Access this far ...
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Canyonlands: Pictograph Fork

Canyonlands: Pictograph Fork

Pictograph Fork is a breathtaking canyon hike in the heart of the Maze. Hike along the ridge, taking in the vistas that stretch from horizon to horizon, and then drop into the narrow canyon and continue the hike in the shadows of towering cliffs. There are many pictographs and petroglyphs to be found by the curious. Make sure you bring a map. On this hike you will quickly learn why this part of Canyonlands is called The Maze. Also, check out our discussion on getting in to Pictograph Fork and other Maze locations. GPS Coordinates: Trailhead:38º11'11.79" N 109º58'28.27" W Entrance/Exit:38°13'10.4507" N 109°58'20.2643" W Harvest Scene: ? Help us out if you know. Entrance/Exit: 38°11'35.43"N 109°59'0.75"W Driving Directions Warning: This area has been called one of the most dangerous and remote parts of the continental United States. Access this far into the Maze is only possible with a 4x4 with very high clearance. You ...
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Canyonlands: The Dollhouse Granaries

Canyonlands: The Dollhouse Granaries

The Dollhouse Granary is by far the most popular hike in the Maze. It is short, easy, and rewarding with great views and interesting indian ruins. It is easily, and by far most often, reached by raft. Driving takes a little more time and endurance! Which is, or course, the way we got there. See our: Canyonlands Maze Overview. GPS Coordinates: Still to Come... We do not seem to have GPS coords saved. Help us out if you do. Contact us! Trail Map: Still to come... We do not seem to have GPS coords saved. Help us out if you do. Contact us! Driving Directions: Warning: This area has been called one of the most dangerous and remote parts of the continental United States. Access this far into the Maze is only possible with a 4x4 with very high clearance. You will be rock crawling and driving through soft sand. Bring ...
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Canyonlands: Maze District Overview

Canyonlands: Maze District Overview

So, you are thinking about heading into the Maze. Good choice.  The Maze District has always had a certain appeal to me. It is the south west section of Canyonlands, tucked below the confluence of the Colorado and Green river. The area is rugged, remote, and packed full of twisting sandstone slot canyons and spires of standing rock. There are arches, bridges, hoodoos, towers and a generous peppering of indian ruins and paintings. Be warned: It is an isolated, empty, and very rough territory. It gets virtually no rain. The land is parched, arid, and noticeably devoid of animal life. The rangers warn there is NO reliable water source other than  the Colorado (not easy to reach, see our Spanish Bottom Guide). Also expect no help in case of injury or breakdown. From the Hans' Flat Ranger station it can take six hours to reach The Doll House. There is no ...
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