off road driving
This landscape was eroded into canyons, buttes, and mesas by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries. The park is divided into four districts by the rivers. There are rock pinnacles and other naturally sculpted rock, as well as artifacts from Ancient Pueblo Peoples.
Difficult but rewarding hike that starts from the Elephant Hill Trailhead (shorter version starts at the Devils Lane 4x4 road and nearby Devils Kitchen Campground). Trail is well marked with cairns and has trail signs at all junctions. Much of the drop down to the Colorado River is very steep and sometimes its necessary to use hands. When you do get to the river you have to find a way through the tamarisk to get to water. Camped in Red Lake Canyon to shorten the hike after starting at the Big Spring Trailhead via Confluence Overlook
Great trail. Definitely some climbing involved. My wife and I did the trail counterclockwise to end with the aggressive climb. We were happy to do it this way as we usually like to hike up the steeper inclines. Most of the steep incline out of the canyon had steps set into the cliff side as well and made the elevation gains a bit easier.
Jared H. on Syncline Loop
Solid trail. Be sure to bring enough water, my girlfriend and I had 2L each in the winter and were ok but would have been more comfortable with more.
My lovely lady and I did the loop last week in just over 4 hours and we were not disappointed! The trail was intense in a few places, and the views you take in while hiking are incredible. We highly recommend this one if you have the time and energy. Good shoes and extra socks are a must have too. And don't forget the snacks!
When we went, it had just stopped raining, so all of the potholes were filled with water. It was really beautiful and was a great pitstop on our way back to camp. Don't let the distance (0.6 miles) fool you since this isn't really a hike. It's just a wander, really. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous. There are some boulders that you can climb and get some really good pictures of the sun setting behind the Needles. While this wasn't a super big destination, it was a really great way to end the day.
One of my favorite trails on earth. Start from Elephant Canyon parking lot. Get there early so you can park! This trail is around 11 miles round trip and the terrain is pretty rugged at times. You will feel it when you are done, but the variety of desert landscapes you experience are well worth the pain. The open panoramas of Chesler, the mushroom rock formations in Elephant Canyon, the dark narrow path within the joint trail, the ascent into Chesler and all those colorful needles against the bright blue sky make this trail a must see.
Emily M. on Aztec Butte Trail
A quick easy trail ! Enjoyed the rock scrambling to the top and the views of the area.