Best Trails near Monticello, Utah

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on Needles Overlook Trail
14 days ago

Very simple trail, Long drive to get here, if you did the drive, you might as well do the easy trail, simple loop, provides great views!!

on Syncline Loop
2 months ago

hiking

Pretty adventurous hike! Would recommend going counter clockwise, helps if you start early the first quarter is shaded that way. Be sure to pack enough water if hiking during the summer!!

on Kane Creek Canyon Trail
4 months ago

off road driving

Recently I ran this trail during the Easter Jeep Safari in my Toyota FJ Cruiser (very modified). It was definitely not for the faint of heart. Not a beginners trail and not one I would recommend going on my yourself even if your rig is pretty modified (at least not by yourself the first time). The most major obstacle is a spot Hamburger Hill, a tough rock garden that requires careful wheel placement. Expect scraping on rock sliders and skid plates and even bumpers. And be willing to take body damage as there are outcropping rocks at some points that could cause side damage to your vehicle.

on Syncline Loop
4 months ago

hiking

One of my favorite hikes to date! We did this loop counter-clockwise, which I would recommend if you don't mind doing the longer climb at the end. Also gives you great views entering & exiting the canyon when hiked this way. I thought the boulder fields were fun, and the stretches of sandy washes provided perfect rests in between steep sections.

The park measures it at 8.3 miles and recommends 6-8 hours and 4 liters of water for the hike. My GPS tracker clocked us in at about 8.5 miles, and we busted it out in 4 hours. I could definitely see it taking 6-8 hours in hotter weather or for those who take steep sections slowly and don't plan to haul it in the flats. Overall, really fun hike with great views and a trail that keeps you interested!

on Syncline Loop
4 months ago

hiking

This is an both an interesting and challenging hike/ climb. Most of this trail is not level. That is to say that you are not just going up hill and downhill but the path is tilted such that one foot is higher than the other. Some of this is much like walking on a slanted rooftop. Other times there are some pretty steep climbs. It's all good but just be prepared.

Last thing to know is the trail is a couple miles longer than advertised (9+ miles) with more elevation than advertised too (see my track history). The loop itself does not provide views of the interior of upheaval dome so if you are interested in seeing that add another mile to your total as there is a lookout path near the trailhead.

on Squaw Flats Scenic Byway:...
4 months ago

scenic driving

I have done this route a couple of times over the years. Just did it again enroute from New Mexico to Salt Lake, Utah. Rec. opportunities are all but endless along this route. I try to stop and see at least one on the way and always wish I could spend a week.

on Picture Frame Arch Trail
6 months ago

off road driving

Easy drive on a dirt road. Nothing really exciting until you get to the arch. If you're brave enough and strong enough you can climb a crack in the lower rocks to get up inside the bowl that the arch covers.

on Squaw Flats Scenic Byway:...
8 months ago

scenic driving

Traveled this road several times when I was younger.

on Syncline Loop
9 months ago

hiking

I absolutely loved this hike despite the fact I twisted my ankle twice on the way round. The trail takes you down to the bottom of the canyon then around into the center of an impact crater! There is a camping spot where the three canyons and mouth of the crater meet. I did not get a chance to camp here but it is something on my 'must do list'. I took a right from the trailhead which seemed like a mistake seeing there is a 1500 foot climb out of the canyon floor you have to do at the end of the hike. I feel it'd be easier to make a left, descend into the canyon at once and then climb out over the boulder field section and the ascent up seemed like it would be more tame.

on Behind the Rocks
1 year ago

off road driving

on Syncline Loop
1 year ago

hiking

on Syncline Loop
1 year ago

hiking

This trail is NOT recommended if you have a fear of heights...which I do and had a VERY difficult time scrambling down the boulder field. Talked in depth with a Park Ranger prior to the hike so we started to the right of the trail head in order to save our knees knowing that other side of the trail was very steep. Now knowing how steep the boulder field is, there's no way I would've been able to climb up that section. The trail is incredibly beautiful but as we were climbing out the steep switchbacks, it felt as if the trail was never going to end.

on Canyonlands Overlook
2 years ago

hiking

Gorgeously astounding! Its one of those places that make you sit back just to appreciate its beauty and vastness. There is an old uranium mine off the side that never was closed up, so its remnants still remain. Every year I've been here I've encountered huge bear poop and prints on the canyon floor (trail to kirks cabin), but have never seen it. Wedding ring arch is also over the side (steep slip slope to get to).

on Syncline Loop
2 years ago

trail running

This is the perfect half day route for the experienced trail runner. I started out by going left on the loop from the trail head; I think this is the preferred route if you would rather descend steeper switchbacks and do some minor scrambling on the descent out of the canyon. It was a little steep for trail running in spots but I was able to keep a good pace. It took me a little under five hours to hike/trail run the entire loop plus the spur trail that goes into the crater of upheaval dome.

on Mount Tukuhnikivatz
3 years ago

Sorry wrong it's closer to Moab and its in the lasal mountains. It is rarly used for snowboarding its a peak climb and is the 3rd largest peak in Utah. It is definatly not accessible from december until April unless you have a snowmobile. Might want to re overview this.

on Syncline Loop
3 years ago

hiking

need to reserve the only campsite available for months in advance, but several back country permits are allowed each night and can be purchased at the main ranger as you enter Canyonlands coming from Moab. brink lots of water or a way of purifying the spring water which is about half way

on Squaw Flats Scenic Byway:...
3 years ago

scenic driving

I thought it would be more scenic. NOT

on Squaw Flats Scenic Byway:...
3 years ago

scenic driving

Not near as busy as the Island in the Sky, the Needles District is still worth the trip to see. There are some good 4X4 routes, and numerous hiking trails as well.

on Moses
4 years ago

off road driving

Moses and Zeus are rock spires in Taylor Canyon near Moab. In order to get to the spires we had to take the Mineral Bottom Trail, decend the switchbacks to the White Rim Trail and after traveling 5 or so miles to Taylor Canyon Trail. The spires are found about another 5 miles up canyon to a dead end. Along with my sons Ron and Bob, we explored the Moses and Zeus spires after a short hike. It was hot that day in Taylor Canyon, bring plenty of water. The scenery of the area was breathtaking, the views half way up the spires down canyon were some of the best I've witnessed. What a day trip!