Cave Spring Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Blanding, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Needles Visitor Center: Travel westward on the main park road and turn left at the first fork in the road. Drive approximately one half mile to another fork. Follow the left side of the fork to the Cave Spring Trailhead.
Trail was great. Easy to navigate and well-defined by cairns. No pets due to two ladders leading you to the top of the boulders. Once you're on top, take some time. The navigable portion of the rock is expansive and you can easily climb to the red rocks portion to get great views of the Needles. I'm not sure why people are rating this trail so poorly. This is a 5 star trail if your expectations are for a short mileage, easy trail. The climb is rewarding and it's meant for a leisurely pace. Take half an hour and do this hike. Take your DSLR, your wide angle lens, and your max power lens. The views are stunning, especially at sunrise/sunset.
If you want a harder, longer trail, go find one.
Hiked in June 2004, the most noticeable characteristic about this park is that there were only a handful of people there the whole day. Talk about remote, this was it. We passed by the Roadside Ruin Trail, and our first stop was the interesting Cave Spring Trail, an easy .6 mi. loop that took us through some tall desert underbrush in deep sand and overrun with small lizards. We hiked by the old cowboy camp, used as recently as 1975, complete with pots, bottles, and pans, around the base of a rock plateau (the overhang was about six and a half feet high and provided much shade), up a couple of ladders to the top of the rock plateau, through a field of potholes filled with water and spawning life, across the slickrock plateau guided by cairns, and then back down to the sand trail to the parking lot. There was also a spring just past the camp within the rock overhang – hence the name Cave Spring, a groundwater spring at base of the canyon wall flanked with pictographs. Back at the parking lot, we finally saw some other visitors of the human variety – again, this was a remote area. Overall, easy and interesting...
Fun hike to an old cowboy camp and some petroglyphs. Get to climb a couple ladders also.
Might have been nice short easy hike, but biting flies drove us off.
Short hike to a cowboy camp demonstrating old ranching ways.