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


Monticello, Utah Map
1 month ago

Very interesting Petroglyphs

3 months ago

This trail is just off the main highway. You’ll be tempted to just take pics at the bottom of the hill. Take the time to hike to the arch. The view up there is so beautiful, especially in the morning hours.

trail running
4 months ago

Great running trail with few people. Occasional deer sightings.

5 months ago

This site is a brief walk but a must do when in the canyonlands. Very unique and impressive Petroglyphs.

5 months ago

Nice rest stop to stretch my legs in route to Needles. Great view from the top after a short scramble up the slope.

Just happened to drive in during sunset providing incredible, classic American west views of the landscape, buttes, and formations outlined by stunning colors in the distance. Beautiful drive any time of day.

Indian Creek Scenic Byway is a LONG road; we almost hit a huge snake, also saw a coyote, but that's about it enroute. Drive to the Needles district on US Hwy 191, 40 miles south of Moab, and take Utah Highway 211, 35 miles west. Highway 211 ends in the Needles, and is the only paved road leading in and out of the district. Once you get to the Needles entrance it is about a 10-mile drive (30 mins). Trails here are pretty easy, but slickrock can live up to its name, and there is little shade in this area.
- One easy hike and the best place to start on the left just past VC is the Roadside Ruin Trail, a 0.3 mile, self-guided nature walk that takes about a half hour round-trip and leads to a prehistoric granary, probably used by the Ancestral Puebloans some 700 to 1,000 years ago to store corn, nuts, and other foods.
- From Roadside Ruin drive .6 miles and take first rd on the left, then left again on next dirt Rd and follow it for 1.1 miles to parking area and TH for the self-guided Cave Spring Trail (easy .6 mile loop RT takes 45 mins). It's fun - it descends 2 ladders and passes sandy areas, slickrock, and thick vegetation in "wet" areas. The cave near the TH is an ancient cowboy camp, used as recently as 1975. Just past the camp look for a groundwater spring at base of canyon wall flanked with pictographs. 2 wooden ladders give an easy route up and over the rock to a slickrock plateau. Then a set of cairns lead back to the TH.
- Another trail, Pothole Point, is an easy .6-mile loop - starts from park rd. 5.8 miles from the VC. This will take 45 mins and has no shade. Good views of Needles and 6 shooter Peak.
- For a bit more of a challenge, try the Slickrock Foot Trail, a 2.4-mile loop that leads to 4 viewpoints and takes a good 2 hours. Viewpoints show off stair-step topography, from colorful canyons and cliffs to flat mesas and striped needles. The trail is 1 mile north of Pothole Point Tr. on the main rd. The 4 v/points are Sixshooter Peaks, La Sal and Abajo Mtns. and the Needles o/look. Look for a mini-arch (10 inches high) just over the right edge of the trail shortly after viewpoint #1. At v/points 3 and 4 please don't lose sight of the cairns, or you may end up lost for 127 hours at least.
- For still another option, drive 1 mile past Slickrock Trail to the end of the park rd at Big Spring Canyon O/look (don’t have to hike it, just look). Canyons are everywhere here. This trail is 5.5 miles one-way and ends at Confluence O/look, which is 500 ft. above the junction of the 2 rivers.
- At the Squaw Flat C/ground 4 miles from VC, you can take the 3-mile Elephant Hill access Rd to see Elephant Hill.
While it is a LONG drive, if you have time, it's a good way to explore the Needles District in Canyonlands.

Interesting Scenic Drive to the Needles District of Canyonlands where we backpacked for 3 days. Very nice drive

I have done this route a couple of times over the years. Just did it again enroute from New Mexico to Salt Lake, Utah. Rec. opportunities are all but endless along this route. I try to stop and see at least one on the way and always wish I could spend a week.

Traveled this road several times when I was younger.

I thought it would be more scenic. NOT

Not near as busy as the Island in the Sky, the Needles District is still worth the trip to see. There are some good 4X4 routes, and numerous hiking trails as well.

4 months ago

trail running
6 months ago