Chesler Park is a 14.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blanding, UT that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible from February until November.
Directions from Needles Visitor Center: Follow the main park road to Squaw Flat Campground. Bear right onto Elephant Hill access road and follow that 2 miles to the trailhead. Hike 1.5 miles from the trailhead to a trail junction. Turn right and beginning hiking westward from this junction. In .6 miles you'll reach Elephant Canyon and another trail junction. Turn left at this junction and begin following the Elephant Canyon/Druid Arch Trail southward.
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.
Gorgeous! Amazing to be going in and out of the canyons. It's like nothing I've ever seen before. It's truly alien landscape. Be careful because it's easy to lose the cairns! Make sure you know where the next one is before you head off.
This was a nice trail, great views, takes you through some diverse areas (both rocky and treed). An interesting park for sure. It is relatively flat and felt long distance-wise, but is an enjoyable stroll. Pack lots of water!!! We almost died carrying in SO much water to the park (our packs were probably about 65lbs, and I'm 120), but we were so happy to have it, even in April. You'll go through a ton.
Sweet. Fun/easy hike that avoids the crowds.
Great trail, with lots of spurs to other great things to see.
Amazing hike - we left from Elephant Hill and hiked a 15-mile counter-clockwise loop. We went Chesler Park to the Joint Trail to Druid Arch. I liked how remote this hike was - we only saw other people once an hour or so. Made for a great day trip from Moab. I liked Canyonlands better than Arches.
Amazing hike. I went backpacking for 2 nights. The first hike to campsite CP2 was about 4 miles. It starts out kind of steep. It took a while getting there made frequent stops to rest and rehydrate. We had a great first day. Once camp was set up at CP2 we did the joint trail. That was a great hike through some tight spaces. That was about 5 miles long. The next day we hiked to CP1 that has amazing views from the site. The wind was a lot worse then we expected we had gusts up to 30 mph that lasted for all 3 days and 2 nights that we were there. Mornings and nights were cold and no fires are allowed. Just check the weather before you go in because we had a cold front the whole week there and needed a lot of warm clothing.
By far my favorite part of the park. Love the needles! Everyone should get to experience this place!
Great desert hike. Spent several days backpacking
Amazing views of the needles after you climb out from Elephant Hill Parking lot, then you go along a flat area for awhile before descending into the canyon. There's a couple tight spots that could be a little uncomfortable for a larger person with large backpack. We set up camp at EC3 (permit required), and then hiked on to druid arch. The only reason I would call this trail moderate is that last part to the arch is VERY steep - but great views from the top.
Absolutely awesome area and trail! There are limited number of backpack-in campsites, (no reservation, first come, first serve). Come early morning for permits. If you're lucky enough to get one in Chestler Park, you'll be rewarded. It feels like being in the epicenter of it all, with fun day hikes through slot canyons and spire-filled valleys. Keep in mind, there's no water (rumor of only one place within the park, but it's seasonal), so pack light and account for extra water weight. Totally worth it! :)