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.

hiking
9 days ago

Not a trail but super cool history.

hiking
4 months ago

Spectacular scenery amazing views. Hard to get location long drive. Quiet wilderness location. Excellent ancient native art. . Beware this is really an 8.5 mile out and back hike according to our GPS and verified by the volunteer docent at the Great Gallery. Trail in canyon is very sandy so it feels more like a 10+ mile hike Still glad we did it.

hiking
4 months ago

Ok trail. Get the map tour guide at the trailhead to learn about the different foliage on the trail and the area in general. Interesting storage structure built by the natives at end of trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Not far of a walk at all. Excellent petroglyphs.

hiking
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

We incorporated this hike into our Cataract Canyon River trip. It was strenuous and hot but such a playground when you arrived to the top. I wore Teva sandals and was fine, but someone with weaker ankles might want more of a sole. Bring as much water as you can as it is hot and mostly in the sun. Make sure to go to the Refrigerator room which is like a cave with nice cool air to rest in.

hiking
6 months ago

Short jaunt with amazing history. 700 year old, Puebloans ruins.

Easy stroll at the end of the day, but not very exciting. Ruins are small, but are shown on the panel at the beginning of the trail so you know exactly what you’re here for.

A great 4ish hour hike. Not very strenuous even on the way back up to the parking lot at the end. The rock art, especially at the great gallery, is awesome. If you start early in the morning the canyon walls will provide shade for most of the the hike.

walking
8 months ago

Must see, Super easy

hiking
8 months ago

Interpretive brochure at trailhead; short, easy trail to ancestral Puebloan granary.

Loved this hike! Did it in mid-May which was perfect, not too hot and cloudy towards the end of the hike. Not to mention the abundance of wildflowers providing lots of bursts of color along the trail. For myself, the most difficult part was walking through the deep sandy parts in the wash, which is most of the hike. The initial climb down into the canyon is also a lot more difficult at the end of the hike when you have to ascend back up to the parking lot. However just the Grand Gallery itself is worth the time and effort; it’s the most incredible example of southwest rock art I have seen yet.

hiking
9 months ago

Incredible rock art. Easier than expected... some loose sand but a lot of hard pack. Walked down and jogged back.

This is probably the single least impressive ruin I've ever seen, but it's worth the 5 minutes it takes to walk the trail. There's a brochure you can grab which explains the ruin and points out some plants along the way, which is cool.

backpacking
11 months ago

Super cool slot canyon, we hiked via Devil's Kitchen and Chestler Park. We camped at the Devil's kitchen spot #4 it's awesome and has petroglyphs and is usually available as it's a 4 wheel drive spot but can be used by backpackers and the trail leads you through that area.

hiking
Sun Nov 25 2018

hiking
Sat Oct 13 2018

Excellent loop trail. We did this in around 5 hours (including the Chestler Park loop for about 11 miles).

hiking
Thu Oct 11 2018

By far, one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The drive to the trailhead was about 3 hours from Moab, with the last 30 miles on dirt road. Due to heavy rains the previous 3 days, spots were very muddy but passable with an AWD crossover vehicle. I would highly recommend contacting the Hans Flat ranger station for road conditions. If wet, you will not make the trailhead in a two wheel drive, low clearance vehicle. It took us well over an hour to cover the 30 miles, but in a decent 4WD, you should be able to cut that time a bit. Also note, there were about 3 spots where the sand blows across the road and dunes build up and get deep. So again, check with the ranger for road conditions. Once we made the trailhead, we lucked out when we met a NPS Volunteer who had been holed up in his camp for the previous few days due to rain. He was eager to hike in with us, and we ended up with a guided tour through the canyon to the Great Gallery. He was had a wealth of knowledge of the history of the panels, canyon, and geography. The hike itself is not very difficult, and even with the river running it was still fairly easy to find you way. There are a few spots where there are additional smaller pictographs, petroglyphs, and dinosaur tracks to spot. We didn't follow our notes since we had an impromptu guide, but reviewing them later they are pretty accurate. The pictograph panels along the way were almost a teaser to what laid waiting at the Great Gallery. What you will see there is beyond words for me. We only saw two other folks out there that day enjoying the great weather just below the trailhead. This is definitely a hike and an experience I will never forget!

hiking
Fri Aug 24 2018

The pictographs were amazing and worth every step!

This trail was incredible. I braved the unpaved road before sunrise to beat the heat (and watch the sunrise over Canyonlands...stunning!!) Getting in and really, out, is a bit challenging especially in August so bring plenty of water and seriously go early in the day. The trail along the wash is nice and shady, there are amazing views of the rock art and if you’re lucky, some visits from the local deer and wild burros (and speaking of the burros...beware the excessive amounts of dung that these invasive species are leaving along the trail!) It’s definitely a schlep from Moab but 100% worth it and totally doable as a day trip if you’re in the area.

walking
Thu Jul 05 2018

This site is a brief walk but a must do when in the canyonlands. Very unique and impressive Petroglyphs.

hiking
Sat Jun 30 2018

This is a really quick 10-minute stop, but it was really cool to see the old granary nestled in the rock. Worth a quick jaunt to see for sure.

hiking
Mon Jun 25 2018

Modest ruin, nice little hike, has info plaques along the way.

Trail was tough but rewarding and challenging

hiking
Sun May 13 2018

I did the 11 mile lollipop shaped version from elephant hill trail head (ask at the visitor center for a map). I did it counter clockwise and was so glad. the 'joint' was amazingly cool and refreshing. I started before 7am and drank all 4L of water I packed. Start early!!

hiking
Tue Apr 10 2018

Absolutely amazing!

Remote and gorgeous! I would say intermediate rather than difficult/hard. Although the last mile back out was steep! I would definitely hike this again!

I am giving this 4 stars, but only to create this post. Be forewarned, the gravel access road is susceptible to sand dunes on windy days. You should assume you need a high clearance four-wheel drive or you may not get through. We were driving an AWD Honda CRV and had to turn around after 20 miles. There are signs warning of this, just know it could be true! The dunes are cleared with a road grader, so it can be a matter of timing.

Great place to really get away from it all. I had the fortune to travel here with a 4x4 crew and spent to weekend taking pics and having an awesome time. Views are incredible.

hiking
Fri Sep 22 2017

Nice stroll and a little education at the end of the day. Get a trail map to learn a bit about the granary and local plant life.

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