Elephant Butte is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for rock climbing, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 597 feet Route Type: Loop

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

views

rocky

scramble

closed

off trail

no shade

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Please note this trail requires rock climbing knowledge and equipment. Rappelling is necessary to complete the trail.

hiking
Thu Apr 12 2018

We've done this a few times over the years. But you need to rappel to complete the trail. Great fun to the highest point in the park.

Sat Mar 17 2018

I’m curious as to who enters these trails and writes the descriptions. . . This particular trail is an incredibly wonderful canyoneering route that I would give 5 stars if it were categorized/described correctly. However, it is not a ‘hike’ - if requires knowledge of the route and canyoneering equipment (there are 2 full rappels on the route and at least one spot where a handline is highly desirable), as well as a permit (as do all climbing and canyoneering activities within the park). Beautiful, amazing views, a wonderful trip, but not a hike and definitely not a ‘moderate’ outing.

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Fri Nov 23 2018

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Fri Mar 30 2018