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 Utah Travel Center National ParksCanyonlandsHiking

There are extensive hiking trails in the park, providing opportunities for short walks, half or full-day hikes, or week-long backpacking trips. See district descriptions and maps for more details. Lack of water is a limiting factor, and hikers may have to carry their own supply. Pets are not allowed on hiking trails. Permits are required for all overnight trips, and advance reservations are recommended. No permit is required for day hiking.

The park is broken up into three different districts. Each one has it own unique features.

CanyonlandsIsland in the Sky. Island in the Sky has the most trails that are readily available for visitors. There are several hikes in the Island in the Sky, which have several degrees of difficulties. For more trails see the visitors center.

Mesa Arch Loop Trail
• Trail description: loose rock
• Estimated time: 1/2 mile, 30 min round trip
• Level of difficulty: easy
  This hike takes you through the La Sal Mountains showing hikers the beauty of the mountain pinon and juniper woodland.
Upheaval Dome Overlook Trail
• Trail description: loose rocks, steep inclines
• Estimated time: 1 mile, 45 min. round trip
• Level of difficulty: medium
  This trail offers a look at, what some geologists believe, to be the most abnormal geological feature in the world.
Grand View Trail
• Trail description: next to the rim of a cliff
• Estimated time: 2 miles, 1 1/2 round trip
• Level of difficulty: easy
  One of the most popular hikes because of the awesome view from the Grand View Overlook.
Neck Spring Loop Trail
• Trail description: Sandy
• Estimated time: 5 miles, 2-4 hours round trip
• Level of difficulty: medium
  This trail is offers a wonderful view of the Canyonlands.
CanyonlandsNeedles. Most of this part of the park is reachable only by foot, amazing since this is the most developed part of the park. For more trails see the visitors center.



Cave Spring
• Trail description: slickrock
• Estimated time: 6 miles, 45 minute round trip
• Level of difficulty: easy
  Amazing remnants of the 1800's cowboy line camp and some fascinating plant life.
Slickrock Foot Trail
• Trail description: deep sand and slickrock
• Estimated time: 2-4 miles, 2-3 hours round trip
• Level of difficulty: medium
  Long panoramic view of the park
Angel Arch Backcountry Trail
• Trail description: hard surface
• Estimated time: Little over a mile, 30 minutes round trip
• Level of difficulty: easy
  This trail leads to the symbol of Canyonlands, Angel Arch.
Confluence Overlook
• Trail description: wide open with little tree cover
• Estimated time: 5.5 miles, 4-6 hours round trip
• Level of difficulty: medium
  Shows an awesome view of the confluence of the Green and Colorado River

Canyonlands Maze. This part of the park is only accessible by four wheel drive roads and hiking trails making this the most natural of the areas in the park. For more trails see the visitors center.


Colorado / Green River Overlook Trail
• Trail description: slickrock
• Estimated time: 5 miles
• Level of difficulty: easy
  Amazing scenery of the Standing Rock.
Spanish Bottoms Trail
• Trail description: no trees and has a steep upgrade
• Estimated time: little over a mile
• Level of difficulty: medium
  Takes you to Standing Rocks just above the Cataract Canyon.
Horseshoe Canyon
• Trail description: Offers rock art from 2000 years ago
• Estimated time: 6 1/2 miles, 1 day
• Level of difficulty: easy
  Horseshoe is a separate trail from canyonlands.
North Trail Canyon
• Trail description: Steep
• Estimated time: 14 miles, all day
• Level of difficulty: medium
  At the pinnacle of this hike you get to see the harvest scene when you pass through the White Rim pillars.

Safety Concerns. Fragile desert plants and soils are damaged easily by off-road hiking and riding. Please do not disturb the black crusts on top of the soil. These 'cryptobiotic crusts' are living plants and protect the desert from erosion. Leave your bike along the road while hiking to viewpoints. Do not ride off-road to avoid sand or mud.

Mountain bike riding in a national park requires extra care to protect you and the natural and cultural features. All routes are on existing unpaved and four wheel drive roads. Riding on foot trails, closed roads or cross-country is prohibited. Pets may not accompany bicycles. Up-to-date information on weather, water availability and road conditions can mean the difference between life and death. Stop at a visitor center, ranger station or park office for current information.

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