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Angela Miller reviewed Confluence Overlook Trail
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Jon Turtura reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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Allison Rogala reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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Jeremy Searle reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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HikingGreat!No shade

Awesome trail. Very unique landscape. If you made it this far you may as well do the whole loop, if you’re carrying enough water. There are so many great things to see in the Needles District.

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Lena Myronchenko reviewed Squaw Flat and Big Spring Canyon Loop
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amazing view and hike. Hot. Metal wire and some steep rocks.

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Katherine Ragon reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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Alex Nguyen reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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We just did a tour of all the parks in Utah and this was one of our favorite hikes. We felt like we had the park to ourselves doing this hike unlike many of the others which was extremely nice. Awesome drive to the trail head on the dirt road. Trail is well marked

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Gary Penner reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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Road bikingGreat!
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Duncan Cameron reviewed Shafer Trail and White Rim OHV Road
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Off Road DrivingGreat!
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Dylan Driscoll reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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Travis DuBridge reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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Really amazing. any of the trails in this area of the needles is amazing. Just bring a TON of water

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Audrey Sternberg reviewed Confluence Overlook Trail
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

This was one of my favorite trails on my whole Utah trip! Being from the East and unused to desert trails, we had a hard time finding the start. Follow the stacked rocks as there are no blazes like we are used to following. After we figured that out we had the best time. The scenery was varied and beautiful the whole way. Where the rivers meet does not disappoint! If going in the summer, start as early as possible to avoid the heat

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Kevin B reviewed Confluence Overlook Trail
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I left the trail about 2/3 in to head north along the dirt road and eventually into/down the drainage to get to a better overlook point. The intention was to go down to the river as described in Kelsey's book, but those I was with were dehydrated and wanted to turn around. But I got to a much better view of the confluence than what I believe you see at the standard overlook. Going down the drainage was pretty easy nothing sketchy, then rim walk left to get to views of confluence. The cairned portion of the trail (when I was on trail) was great! Lots of up and down

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Such an amazing trail and spectacular views of Canyonlands! I have a 2019 Jeep Rubicon 2.5" lift and 35s and was super easy! Stock jeep could do it fine. Had some random rain today though, but added to the beautiful views.

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Joseph Q reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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HikingOff trailRocky

Pretty awesome drive.

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Michael Putnam reviewed Confluence Overlook Trail
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Worth checking out. Nice hike

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Clifford Jones reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This well marked trail takes you through varied needles terrain. It is an awesome, hike. It is really neat to see background rocks that you think you will not cross, just to find later in the trail that you are crossing them into a new section of the park. This happened several times. Don’t be deceived by the low mileage numbers, it kicked our asses. We started around 9am on a Saturday in July. This trail was recommended to me by the park ranger when I asked for a trail that was good for social distancing (the other trail recommended for social distancing, horse canyon didn’t look that interesting and is an OHV trail). Social distancing was possible on this trail. We did run into other people around 8 times, but were able to step off the trail onto rocks, and brought our masks. There are some narrow sections of the trail where social distancing would not be possible due to rock walls on each side, but they are short and you can listen to see if other people are coming before you venture through them. In addition there are some stretches where to social distance you would have to step off of the trail onto “crust”...these 3 inch black mounds take a long time to grow and you aren’t supposed to step on them, every few meters there are dirt areas that look like little washes (8 inches wide). You could use those washes to get off the trail without stepping on the black mounds, but I don’t know if that is OK. There some areas where you will need to put your hand on a rock that the people before you probably also touched, so bring hand sanitizer to clean afterwards. I drank 6L of water, but I normally drink a lot.

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May 2019 trip to Southwest, fifth visit to UT, last time was 10 years ago in late spring. Day 9 Mine #39 National Park to visit in over two decades. Already went to Island in The Sky District. First this not a LOOP but out and back. At Big Canyon Spring overlook is not much to see. Views are not very distant, canyon was dry here despite recent snow pack in the mountains. Trail is much easier then Chesler Park long hikes, less strenuous (I have done yesterday 11 miles).. You are crossing few nice meadows with spring flowers (they will be dry in summer heat). I was astonished how little hikers I saw (Sunday before Memorial Day) less then 10. Parking lot and road side were full, so everyone was on other trails. Yesterday at Chesler Park I saw hundreds!! Confluence Overlook is very nice but I expect more of some magnificent and distant views (like at Island in The Sky District). Follow unmarked trail higher to see better canyon of Colorado River flowing downstream. Done in 5 hours, actual hiking time was 3.20 h. On return I was very tired. Leaving Canyonlands and Moab I wish could have more time to check our Maze District. (And many other secondary goals around Moab so much trails everywhere!).

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Brett Acuff reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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Holy cow! What a fun hike! START EARLY if you’re out here in the summer. We started about 9:15a in July and we’re getting our butts kicked by 12:00p when we were headed back. It took us 4.5 hours with a few breaks. We had 4 liters each and it almost wasn’t enough. The elevation is gained quickly, mostly using stairs. There is very minimal shade on this trail at midday. There are a few decently large shaded spots on the way if you’re early in the morning or late in the day. This trail is very well marked the entire way. The end of the trail actually goes a bit past the sign for the view point and then you look back and get a cool perspective. Bring lots of water and salty snacks. Start early. Trust me. Great hike!

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Tom K reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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May 2019 trip to Southwest, fifth visit to UT, last time was 10 years ago in late spring. Day 8 Mine #39 National Park to visit in over two decades. Already went to Island in The Sky District. Chesler Park was (Main Goal#10 of trip). Arrived in early afternoon and found hundreds of cars. Park rangers direct me to road side spot .3 miles from trailhead. Never realized that such remote trailhead will be so crowded. Almost nobody was was going in, but lot of hikers returning. Trail, views, geological formations of Needles all are stunning!!! Approaching Chesler Park Overlook is most scenic part of trail. But actually park overlook itself is less impressive. Decided to do whole loop.

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Kate P reviewed Chesler Park Viewpoint
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A nice moderate hike in The Needles area of Canyonlands. Even on July 4th weekend, it wasn’t very crowded. We started hiking around 7:30am and even earlier would have been better to avoid the heat and sun. One really nice thing about this trail is that there is sporadic shade available from scrubby trees and big rocks. This really helped provide good spots of respite. A chunk of the trail was fairly flat and easy, but there were also some more uphill parts with lots or rocks. There are many large rock slabs to walk on, which was lots of fun. The view from the viewpoint is really great out over the terrain. It looks otherworldly! There is a pit toilet at the trailhead and there are 3 miles of narrow unpaved road to get to the trailhead off the main road in the park. It doesn’t require four wheel drive, though, and was not too rutted or loose. Overall, besides the views, what stood out most to me was the impeccable marking of the trail with cairns. There was almost never a question of where to go, even on blank rock slabs. The cairns were fantastic on this trail! To do the 6 mile round trip hike to the viewpoint, it is an out and back although the trail continues and can loop if you do the full 11 miles. A nice hike in The Needles!

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