Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Pot holes were dry (as expected) and the views were about the same as what you can see driving around. I didn't think it was worth a stop

Great views. Easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

This a great hike, but I would not call it family friendly or easy. There are quite a few areas with drop off exposure and when you have 1200+ feet of elevation gain/loss, it’s not going to be easy. We made it down and back up, but not without considerable effort helping the kids. I would also not do this mid day as it has constant sun exposure.

off road driving
2 months ago

Amazing views the entire way but if you get to the end, a real treat. Seeing the river so far below is hard to describe.

We got there just after sunset so the colours were vivid.

Drove it in a stock Cherokee Trailhawk with no problems. A couple of bumps to the underside but no big deal. The last kilometre gets pretty rocky. Vehicles with more clearance and larger tires will laugh at this.

A great little trip.

Hike up and back is very easy. Trail is marked well. Scenery is incredible and it was worth going down into the canyon to see it up close. Very snowy day so there were very few people around. I think we saw one other group hiking.

This trail is the last one of the bridge trails in the park loop. The drive through the park is a one way road, and this is the last one in the loop. We went Dec. 23, 2017. Sipapu Bridge Trail was closed due to ice and snow, the Kachina Bridge Trail wasn't closed, but we found it a little steep. So, we only went on this trail. It was a nice and easy trail. If you get a chance to go on a trail in this park, this one may be the one!

hiking
4 months ago

Driving from Capitol Reef to Canyonlands, made a stop at Natural Bridges National Monument. Glad we did! Only had the chance to hike to this one natural bridge. Not a very long hike and all downhill from the parking area, but the hike back is all uphill. Not much shade, so bring water.

There is a short walk to see the ruins from across the gorge. It would be more interesting to take the trail below to get closer to the ruins.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice stroll and a little education at the end of the day. Get a trail map to learn a bit about the granary and local plant life.

11 months ago

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

short easy walk to a overlook, ruins are small & slightly disappointing.

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

this track is not accurate. This track is from the intersection of Peavine and Dark, up to and slightly past Scorup Cabin. Horse Pasture Canyon heads NE from Scorup Cabin.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Awesome-views both on top and below!!

walking
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

When we went, it had just stopped raining, so all of the potholes were filled with water. It was really beautiful and was a great pitstop on our way back to camp. Don't let the distance (0.6 miles) fool you since this isn't really a hike. It's just a wander, really. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous. There are some boulders that you can climb and get some really good pictures of the sun setting behind the Needles. While this wasn't a super big destination, it was a really great way to end the day.

walking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Incredible experience to walk right up to the edge of the canyon. If you head towards Natural Bridge National Park you can drive up to Muley Point Overlook which makes the view even better.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Would not do unless it's just rained in the last few days, we did in the summer time, no water in the pot holes, kinda boring, especially if your here for pictures. It is Easy if you do it!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The easiest of all 3 Bridges, Trail is over dirt & slick rock. In sun all day, no shade at all other than near the bridge, can get very hot!

backpacking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Excellent canyon hike that you can make as long as 8 miles if you go to the end. Most people turn around at the first of 8 ruins, the famous "House on Fire" all the ruins in this canyon were left from the Anasazi Indians. For a full review check out my blog post: http://www.mylifestyletoyours.com/05/2016/hiking-mule-canyon/

-Heather

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Easy, short trail as advertised. NPS has actually converted this into a loop. You will climb up the potholes to great views of Needles along with the surrounding bluffs, mesas, buttes, and spires. I encourage you to explore once at the height of the boulder. You can get great shots of the Needles. Telephoto and wide angle lenses recommended if you're taking your DSLR.

Good trail. Exactly what it's supposed to be.

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

This is the South Mule Canyon Trail. The North Trail is from the Bridge a half mile up Texas Flat road. It is spectacular and not as many people. There is a lot of Wow factor

hiking
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm unable to find South Fork Mule Canyon Trail on AllTrails.com so I'm posting my review of the trail section up to House on Fire ruins. Easy, accessible trail. As always, bring water, wear a hat and use sunscreen while hiking. If you want to get the full effect of the House on Fire ruins you have to be there at the right time of day for the light to bounce off the slick rock and hit the sandstone just right in order to get the fire effect. It was cloudy and overcast for the hour plus that I was there but in one 4-5 minute window the sun came out and everything lit up...It was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen and I managed to get THE shot. The 5 star rating is for the ruins not the trail.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

If you did the slick rock trail then you already saw plenty of dry potholes and most of the views. It was a little disappointing. If you have to skip one short trail in the needles let this be it.

hiking
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Quick, fun hike with an Indian granary at the end of the trail

hiking
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Fun, short hike in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park.

walking
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Good museum, the Indian ruins are really cool

hiking
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Backpacking: Great hike if you're down in the area. I definitely recommend going up the north canyon as south is very busy with day hikers.

mountain biking
Monday, April 28, 2014

This is mainly a 4 wheel drive trail. We were the only mountain bikers on the trail. Saw maybe 4-6 jeeps on the whole ride. It is pretty steep near the trail head with some technical rocky parts. The rest of the trail was fun. We ran into a lot of sand when we went which slowed us down. Way worth the view at the overlook however. Make sure to start at elephant hill and turn right at forks on the way out.

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