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Chesler Park Loop Trail is a 10.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Monticello, 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.

Length 10.4 mi Elevation gain 1,820 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Rocky Snow No shade No dogs
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Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

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.

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Anthony Garz
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Sven Olson
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

Spectacular scenery at every turn. Truly feels like you’re walking through an alien planet sometimes. Despite the absence of a proper “path” over some rugged rocky sections, cairns guide the way every ~30 feet and are fun to spot. We backpacked and slept overnight in one of the reservable backcountry sites in Chesler Park, also highly recommended.

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Justin Rawson
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Robert McCurdy
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Ashley Cayford
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Daniel Smith
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Emily Wheeler
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HikingGreat!

Definitely get going early because it gets HOT. Follow the rock piles and you will find your way.

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Paul Harding
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HikingNo shade

great warmup

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Tariq Jaffery
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Challenging, heat and terrain cannot be tamed they can only be managed with physical fitness, food and plenty of water to drink- plenty of opportunities to get lost in the scenery - it’s a photographer’s paradise.

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keith Haha
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Jeremy Searle
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trail

I’d have to say this was definitely the coolest hike I’ve ever been on. I’m used to being in an alpine environment but I found the seclusion and geology of desert to be equally mindblowing. It seemed like after every corner turned there was something amazing and unique to look at. We lucked out with the weather, the night we arrived there was a gnarly storm that brought some rain and heavy winds, the high temp went from 100 to 80 over night, which still felt hot - this hike could be downright dangerous in 100 degree weather if one was unprepared, and we came across several who weren’t carrying an adequate supply of water and didn’t know where they were going. It’s fun having to follow the cairns, and I have the utmost respect for the individual who mapped out this route, it can be hard to follow even with the cairns. This hike is rad, do it - just be sure to prepare according to conditions and experience level.

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Gabe Katzman
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AMAZING hike. This is probably the most interesting hike I’ve done in a long time. There are amazing views, rock scrambles, slot canyons, and even wildlife. Make sure that you go on a colder day or earlier in the day because it is fairly exposed the majority of the time. Don’t bring hiking poles, you will just have to carry them along with you. Don’t forget 3 L of water and snacks with salt so you can retain water.

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Hank Renfrow
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Amazing trail, tons to see, would def do this one again, just not in August! I did a couple of the offshoots and clocked around 13.5 miles.

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Jason Turpin
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This is one of my favorite hikes in Utah. Really unique views. You even go through a slot canyon. I would recommend doing the spur viewpoint trails. The hike itself is not that challenging. Being exposed for an extended period in the desert is the challenging part. Pack plenty of water and electrolyte pills. I cannot stress the electrolyte pills enough. Especially if you are like me and live in the humid South. I did Druid Arch in February and began to feel light headed from the loss of electrolytes.

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Antonio García
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Brian S
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I'd say this is a 3 star trail - but it's so underwhelming relative to how great the reviews are, I was disappointed enough to give it a 2. The trail itself is fine - there are some long boring parts but there is also a little bouldering and some canyons to work hour way through. The problem is that it's 10 miles of views that are all very similar and none that are particularly spectacular... there are a few slot like canyons but even the are nothing like good / beautiful slots. I'd say it's worth it to the first peak - but I wouldn't recommend the loop. Just do an out and back from there.

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Tom K
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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. At Chesler Park overlook after saw that trail is easier here I make decision to hike whole loop. Went clockwise here are few flat section but sandy. Passing Devils Kitchen Trail and campsite CP3 didn’t encounter nobody (expect two hikers coming out of the Joint Tail). It was well into late afternoon. Joint Trail is fantastic, hiking between narrow and tall straight walls!! Latter you go briefly on dirt road Elephant Hill here is parking but only for high clearance cars. Overall amazing scenery!! However this is long, very rugged and strenuous hike. I was surprised at mine pace per mile, done whole 10.4 miles loop and .6 more (11 miles total) to the car in 3.45 hours! Whole excursion took 6 hours including three breaks.

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Megan Sherwin
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This was a really great trail. The views were amazing, and the Joint is the best part of the whole hike. However, if you do this hike in the summer, take way more water than you think you will need. I don’t drink a lot on hikes and I needed almost a gallon of water. Only the middle of the loop has consistent shade, so the beginning and end can get really hot really fast. That being said, the views and experience are well worth it.

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Cristina Lanzillotta
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Unbelievably beautiful trail. However, if you are from the east coast, do NOT underestimate the power of the sun out here. We set out for a late morning hike (had an unexpected delay in the early morning) in June which was not our best decision! The sun was oppressive. I ran out of 3L of water after mile 5 with over half of the trail to go. Those first 5-6 were made up of memories I’ll cherish for a lifetime. But the second half of the trail was rough (to say the least). For reference, my boyfriend and I are in our 20s and physically fit. Please be careful and divide this hike up if traveling in the summer and not able to get there in very early morning! The trail is made up of several different trails including Elephant Hill and the Joints, which can be done separately

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Colin Bingham
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Pretty awesome hike. The joint is cool. I went clockwise.. seemed like a good direction

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Doug Steele
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Great hike. The Joint is quite unique. Glad we made it part of the loop. Well signed.

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Derek May
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The best hike I’ve ever done! Views are otherworldly! Lots of elevation change but no upward hikes that last for a long time. If you are above 50 I wouldn’t suggest this hike unless you are in excellent shape. Lots of areas that require big steps up and some sketchy places getting down. I would rate it a hard hike just due to how long of a hike it is. It says 11.6 miles but ended up being about 14.6 for us (we did mess around and take pictures and what not). Do the loop clockwise, beautiful views in the open field and the easiest way through the joint trail. I would not recommend this hike when it’s hot outside.

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