Explore the best trails near Blanding with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.



nature trips



wild flowers

kid friendly

off road driving




trail running

mountain biking

Blanding, Utah Map

Supposedly the attraction is for the water filled potholes. I think it was better for the views of the needles in one direction and the cliffs of Island in the Sky in the other (plus some cool looking monument type formation in a third direction). And yes, the potholes were filled with water when we went. Just saying even if there's no water, do this anyway for the nice views. It's easy hiking over slickrock.

Great hike - be careful and bring a lot of water. The hike back is as difficult as the hike out due to the up and downs of the terrain.

I did the 8.6 mile full loop trail of all 3 bridges. My GPS confirmed 8.6 miles but Park ranger told me it was 10.6 miles- perhaps to scare me. Gorgeous hike through the canyon. I wore shorts but got scratched up a bit - long pants for me next time. Trail was a bit spotty in the canyon so pAy attention to cairns.

Interestingly enough, the hike itself is the best part. There are several climbs into and out of small canyons, so beware that this hike is equally difficult the way there and back. The view is great, but we came to find the confluence of two brown colored rivers which overall diminished the quality of the view. However, the hike itself shows great diversity of the many aspects of the park including several views of the needles and other very unique rock formations.

The 2000 ft elevation gain is more intimidating than it should be. The hike is seemingly flat most of the time as it follows the river bed once you break off from the Chesler Trail. There is climbing involved in some sections of the trail and a boulder field to the final summit of Druid. But any individual that is moderately fit and fully functioning will make it up no problem with a little perseverance. It was a beautiful hike, and the destination was excellent. It can be tough to navigate, but follow the stacks of rocks set to mark the trail and you'll be fine. Prepare to take a wrong turn or two, just be aware when the stacks disappear. Beware, you're not going to get a solid view if you're not willing to take the final climb.

9 days ago

Not much of a hike but certainly worthy of 4 stars simply because you get to see a structure built around 1280 A.D. Without expending any effort. Plus it's a good way to end your day in the park.

10 days 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.

15 days ago

15 days ago

Great hike thru some beautiful country, we go in spring (late March,early April) as temps are cooler, take plenty of water anyway you'll need it. about 15 minutes in, you'll need to climb a small/sturdy ladder to get out of canyon #1,The trail is cairned well. Great views throughout towards Chesler Pk area, view of the two rivers mixing is awesome, one cannot access the river(s) from the overlook as it is pretty much 1,200 ft. straight down from viewing area. You can also see the Island in the Sky area, have hiked it 3 times now and never gets old. It takes a better part of a day by the time you drive from Moab.on trip #1, the only confusing part of the trail to me, was about 3/4 of the way there, the trail crosses the 4WD road and it feels like you should follow it, just cross the road to trail on other side. ( the 4WD road eventually ties back in with trail to the overlook, but will take you a long way out of the way. Happy hiking, be safe, lots o water!

21 days ago

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

Off road and great scenery