Elephant Butte

HARD 3 reviews
#37 of 43 trails in

Elephant Butte is a 1.4 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 birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
593 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

nature trips

rock climbing

views

rocky

scramble

off trail

no shade

Please note this trail requires rock climbing knowledge and equipment. Rappelling is necessary to complete the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago