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Best historic site trails in Canyonlands National Park

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Explore the most popular historic site trails in Canyonlands National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of historic site trails in Canyonlands National Park
Park information
Acreage:
337,597 acres
Contact
(435) 719-2100
Top trails (6)
#1 - Horseshoe Canyon Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#2 - Joint Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
The joint trail is part of the larger "Chesler Park Loop" trail which is 11 miles round trip and approximately 6-7 hours of hiking. The Joint Trail takes you through a tight crack in the rock, much like a slot canyon. Enjoy views of Chesler Park on either end. The trailhead listed is only accessible via a highly technical 4x4 road and takes approximately 3 hours to reach. This road requires a permit and a high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle. The easiest way to access the Joint Trail is by making it part of a longer 11 mile hike. Show more
#3 - Spanish Bottom to Dollhouse Granaries
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 2 h
This is a backcountry trail listing, so it is not for a day trip and does not have a trailhead you can drive to. This is in a remote section of Canyonlands. Getting from upper Spanish Bottom to the beginning of the trail might take a little bit of a bushwhack. The trail itself is a steep set of switchbacks that claim 1,300 feet in one mile. There is a lot of exposure to sun and drop-offs, so this trail isn't for the squeamish. But then, if you're at Spanish Bottom, you've probably already canoed or kayaked a long section of the Colorado or Green rivers and are up for anything! Show more
#4 - Newspaper Rock Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 0.1 mi • Est. 3 m
Newspaper Rock trail is a 200 square foot rock art is a part of the vertical Wingate sandstone cliffs that enclose the upper end of Indian Creek Canyon, and is covered by hundreds of ancient Indian petroglyphs (rock carvings) - one of the largest, best preserved and easily accessed groups in the Southwest. The petroglyphs have a mixture of human, animal, material and abstract formsShow more
#5 - Roadside Ruin Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
#6 - Fort Bottom Ruin Trail
Canyonlands National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m