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Cave Spring Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Monticello, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

views

no dogs

Directions from Needles Visitor Center: Travel westward on the main park road and turn left at the first fork in the road. Drive approximately one half mile to another fork. Follow the left side of the fork to the Cave Spring Trailhead.

hiking
7 days ago

Quick, fun, and informative. Also, we ran into a rattlesnake, what more could you want?

hiking
1 month ago

Short little hike with some good views and cool cowboy encampments. As always, be careful of wildlife, especially in the shade. We did hear a rattlesnake in the cowboy encampment.

hiking
3 months ago

A delightful trail at the end of a dirt road off of the main road. From the "Grandma Goes Hiking" files: Most of the features of this trail (cowboy camp, cave spring, petroglyphs) can be viewed in the first 1/4 mile, before you reach the ladders.. If I hadn't been alone, I might have tried climbing the ladders.

recorded Cave Spring Trail

scramble
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Short, interesting hike. Hike consists of many overhang areas that you hike under. 2 ladders, and some slickrock as well.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun hike. Couple of ladders. Took kids when they were 3 and 5 and they loved it!

hiking
11 months ago

Fun short hike. Amazing history of use from Native Americans and more recently, Cowboys. Great views from up top.

hiking
Sat Jun 29 2019

Fun and quick hike, with plenty to see along the way and fantastic views after two wooden ladders. Curved rock walls provide some shade too!

hiking
Mon Jun 17 2019

Loved the petroglyphs and the old cowboy camp. Easy hike.

hiking
Mon May 27 2019

Interpretive brochure at trailhead. This trail features lots of small panels identifying various types of native plants and their uses. Climbing two ladders along the route was a unique hiking experience!

hiking
Tue Apr 16 2019

Amazing hike! Very easy, but with some quirky fun twists like the 2 ladders, which are not hard per se, but a bit of a thrill. The petroglyphs and the cowboy camp are also amazing. The vegetation is marked in a lot of places so you can also pick up some botany! And at the top, the views are great, too. Overall a must-do quick stop in the Needles.

hiking
Sat Mar 16 2019

Diverse hike with lots to see. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was the fact that ancient ladders (left from first peoples perhaps?) were still in use. While I am no OSHA expert I do question the integrity of work of ancient smithies per se, or if not smithies those who were otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts. Either way the ladder appeared secure to the rock face.

hiking
Wed Oct 31 2018

Easy hike with a great view!

hiking
Sat Jun 30 2018

Very short hike (we did it after an 11 mile hike) but you get quite a lot of bang for your buck! Cowboy camp, cave paintings, and great views in all directions. If you have just a short trip or aren't much of a hiker, I'd definitely put this on the top of your list! Also there are two ladders on the trail, so that's always fun and makes for some dorky pictures! Trail was very well marked in my opinion.

Wed Jun 20 2018

This hike is longer than what is posted, or we got lost. But worth it! Nice views, not too many people, the cowboy stuff was neat and the trail was mostly wrk marked.

hiking
Sat May 19 2018

Quick, easy hike that’s partly covered by the rocks and partly exposed. You can see a staged old cowboy home and some early cave paintings. Cool if you’re into the history but it’s not much of a hike by aerobic standards.

Mon Apr 09 2018

Short but sweet - a must for kids

hiking
Sun Mar 18 2018

Cool little, easy hike to get things started on your Needles visit. Awesome views.

hiking
Sun Oct 15 2017

Lovely short hike through a canyon with a cowboy camp, cave springs with petroglyphs, and some fun short ladder ascents.

hiking
Sun Apr 30 2017

A surprisingly enjoyable trail. We only went because a ranger told us it is his favorite trail. 1/2 the hike is a shady, flat walk in the sand to see some interesting old/ancient places where people used the shallow caves for shelter. The second half is an elevated walk over the top of the rocks forming the caves. Beautiful views and relatively easy walk.

hiking
Tue Apr 25 2017

Hugely enjoyed this trail; it's not strenuous though it does have to ladder ascents, but all inclusive with pictographs and cool overhangs

hiking
Sat May 14 2016

Trail was great. Easy to navigate and well-defined by cairns. No pets due to two ladders leading you to the top of the boulders. Once you're on top, take some time. The navigable portion of the rock is expansive and you can easily climb to the red rocks portion to get great views of the Needles. I'm not sure why people are rating this trail so poorly. This is a 5 star trail if your expectations are for a short mileage, easy trail. The climb is rewarding and it's meant for a leisurely pace. Take half an hour and do this hike. Take your DSLR, your wide angle lens, and your max power lens. The views are stunning, especially at sunrise/sunset. If you want a harder, longer trail, go find one.

hiking
Sun Jan 24 2016

Hiked in June 2004, the most noticeable characteristic about this park is that there were only a handful of people there the whole day. Talk about remote, this was it. We passed by the Roadside Ruin Trail, and our first stop was the interesting Cave Spring Trail, an easy .6 mi. loop that took us through some tall desert underbrush in deep sand and overrun with small lizards. We hiked by the old cowboy camp, used as recently as 1975, complete with pots, bottles, and pans, around the base of a rock plateau (the overhang was about six and a half feet high and provided much shade), up a couple of ladders to the top of the rock plateau, through a field of potholes filled with water and spawning life, across the slickrock plateau guided by cairns, and then back down to the sand trail to the parking lot. There was also a spring just past the camp within the rock overhang – hence the name Cave Spring, a groundwater spring at base of the canyon wall flanked with pictographs. Back at the parking lot, we finally saw some other visitors of the human variety – again, this was a remote area. Overall, easy and interesting...

hiking
Tue May 05 2015

Fun hike to an old cowboy camp and some petroglyphs. Get to climb a couple ladders also.

Thu May 22 2014

Might have been nice short easy hike, but biting flies drove us off.

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2013

Short hike to a cowboy camp demonstrating old ranching ways.

hiking
17 days ago

recorded Cave Spring Trail

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20 days ago

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