Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

great hike. bring plenty of water. fantastic views.

You don’t need 4 wheel drive for this one. Lots of people doing the drive in rental cars. Very scenic throughout. Great campsites along the way. Remote.

off road driving
3 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.

off road driving
7 months ago

Spent Thanksgiving night camping under the stars. Stunning! Easy drive when dry although there are a few sections of bad washboarding (the road gets a lot of use). The better camping spots are along the eastern half of the road.

excellent interesting trail with a rewarding overlook

Friday, May 26, 2017

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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Off road and great scenery

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Pretty! Took my husband and I about 5 hours to complete!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beautiful area!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fun trail with breathtaking sights. I would highly recommend this hike.

off road driving
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great view of the confluence

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hard hike, but worth it

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It was a fun hike with fun climbs.

Friday, May 29, 2015

I did this hike late last spring. Wonderful hike but make sure to bring lots of water

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The view of this feature from the west looking east is incredible. It is an interesting place to hike around with many ancient ruins and petroglyphs and other artifacts. Spend a day here driving or biking and then exploring.

fun so much fun

Monday, July 28, 2014

beautiful area to spend many days in. There are a few easy top rope climbs at the mouth and a big petroglyph panel near the mouth. the canyon is awesome and has many great archeological sites.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Gorgeously astounding! Its one of those places that make you sit back just to appreciate its beauty and vastness. There is an old uranium mine off the side that never was closed up, so its remnants still remain. Every year I've been here I've encountered huge bear poop and prints on the canyon floor (trail to kirks cabin), but have never seen it. Wedding ring arch is also over the side (steep slip slope to get to).

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.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great Needles hike. Would be best to do during fall and spring. Summer temps get very hot here and the trial is very exposed. Winter ice on some of the steep slickrock sections can pose a hazard.

scenic driving
Thursday, August 29, 2013

We did this trail late in the evening, starting off US163- Mexican Hat-Bluff; and came out on SH261 just south of the Moki Dugway. Very Scenic!

off road driving
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I off-roaded on this trial this summer and it was awesome! It does take a while to get to from Moab since you must travel all the way to Canyonlands National Park but it was worth it. Very nice and technical trail where 4 wheel drive is a must, and having high ground clearance will help.

There are some parts of the trail where you HAVE to drive backwards because the switchbacks are to narrow but it is easy. And there are also some narrow sections, and I mean NARROW! You have to actually pull in your mirrors or else you risk scraping those on the rocks! So just make sure you have a spotter or are very careful!

off road driving
Saturday, August 24, 2013

4-wheeled and motorcycles here a few times. Lots of fun. Camped in Devils Kitchen and hiked The joint trail. Great area

off road driving
Saturday, March 23, 2013

A sandy/rocky trail that starts at the visitor center Needles district of Canyonlands NP. The last couple of miles are pretty rough, but you can hike that part. Views of the Colorado River.

scenic driving
Friday, March 08, 2013

A minature monument valley! Good graveled roads, and a pleasure to drive.

on Arch Canyon Trail

off road driving
Monday, December 24, 2012

Arch Canyon trail starts approximately 2.4 miles north of UT Hwy 95 off Comb Wash road. This is a sandy trail that crosses the wash numerious times as it winds between steep canyon walls. There's Cliff Dwellers ruins and Petroglyphs a few places along the way. Length is 8 miles from the begining to end of the canyon (the turnaround point) We went on the 12th of May and it was hot! This would be a nice winter hike. High clearance 4WD required if driving.

off road driving
Saturday, September 01, 2012

This was a fun drive and if the road is dry you can drive a rental no problem. The road is dirt and red gravel, bumpy and washboard in spots, but you are in the middle of the desert and can see some pretty nice rock formations. Not as spectacular as Monument Valley, and expect to wash your vehicle after driving it.

off road driving
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My son and I drove this road in 2007 and had a blast!

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