Chesler Park Loop Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Chesler Park Loop Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blanding, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2263 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

rocky

no dogs

Directions from Needles Visitor Center: Follow the main park road to Squaw Flat Campground. Bear right onto Elephant Hill access road and follow that 2 miles to the trailhead. Hike 1.5 miles from the trailhead to a trail junction. Turn right and beginning hiking westward from this junction. In .6 miles you'll reach Elephant Canyon and another trail junction. Turn left at this junction and begin following the Elephant Canyon/Druid Arch Trail southward.

hiking
8 hours ago

Great trail. Amazing views and not crowded.

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19 days ago

Wow! What an incredible trail. It's like going from one fantasy world to the next in a video game. I highly recommend doing an overnight for this one (snag CP5 if available). This will afford you more time to absorb the extraordinary, otherworldly beauty of this special place. Definitely do the loop counter-clockwise (as recommended by the park rangers). I'm really glad we saved the joint trail section for last. There are a few shaded spots to rest in periodically, but you are otherwise exposed to the sun. Note you must pack in all water (bring a lot) and human waste bags are required. Stay on the trail and enjoy this spectacular experience!

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22 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Amazing incredible hike. Joint trail was the favorite part much less crowded, going through wide open areas then descending in and out of ravines and some tunnels between rock formations. There is a section of the loop where you walk on dirt road for a bit between joint trailhead and connecting back to Chesler park loop trail. Bring lots of water. Follow the rock stacks. Was about 11 miles total doing the whole loop.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my new all time favorite hike. 11 miles of awesomeness. The views of the needles and the mushroom formations are there with you throughout the trail. But there are slots to hike through, rocks to scramble over, open brush land to hike through, 4wd roads to hike on, and even a tunnel. The views, the variety, this hike has almost everything and it is never boring, never drudgery, never wishing I was back at the parking lot already. So it was 50F, partly cloudy on the day we hiked it which helps tremendously when hiking in the desert. The park ranger recommended we hike the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. So we did. And I agree with her that it was best for the views plus there is no chance of missing the trail from the 4wd road which is possible if hiking the loop clockwise. Took us 4 hours moving but 6 hours total because of all the photos I took. And make sure you consult your all trails app at each junction. The signage can be confusing. We almost took the wrong trail at the junction just before reaching the loop itself because I miscounted the number of junctions needed to reach the loop.

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1 month ago

Amazing loop - bring water & sun screen. Pretty exposed. Welcome to Mars.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful tour of what canyonlands has to offer. Loved every step of it.

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2 months ago

We did the out and back to the viewpoint in a late afternoon in April. Wildflowers and wildlife were plentiful: lizards and chipmunks kept popping up and all sorts of flowers were blooming. The trail was the perfect mix of challenging and rewarding. Loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing. Well worth the 2 hour drive from Moab. We went in to Chesler Park Camp spot #1 and had lunch at the cleft in the rock. About 6 miles, slow pace, 5 hours.