Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

So pretty and picturesque. A little scary getting down but manageable in a pair of good hiking boots. Camping spots all around. Great weather right now, warm in the day and cool at night.

Scary as can be in spots! Beautiful all the way thru!

off road driving
7 months ago

Holy smokes. it was all fun and games until hamburger hill. it just got worse before it got better. i had a blast. my girlfriend got mad and got out the jeep and spotted for me. she did not have fun. all in all it was great. 2013 jk, 35s, 4.56 and rear locker.

These two hikes are short. The hike to Holly was 0.4 mile, and the hike to Hackberry was a mile roundtrip. We did take a truck to get to the parking lot of these two hikes. It is meant for off roading vehicles. We went a few hours before sunset and had great pictures!

off road driving
10 months ago

Awesome and beautiful trail that gets more intense over the last five miles. Took two stock Rzrs all the way through with quite a bit of rock stacking and technical driving from Hamburger Hill on. Would not recommend this in a stock Rzr unless you have a lot of experience rock crawling. If you just want to play in the creek make sure you have enough time to turn around and go out the way you came in as that part was the most fun in a Rzr.

off road driving
11 months ago

Sooo... two girls having fun, roaming the beautiful canyons stumbled upon this trail unsuspectedly. It is f****** hard. It's got everything you might want in a trail; mud, water, it's scenic and it's got that hamburger challenge that will get your heart pumping, plus a few fun and hard obstacles on the way. When you think it's done, it's not. Also, be prepared to beat up your vehicle physically. But isn't that what it's all about?! I do not recommend anyone going alone. 3.5" with 35s.

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.

off road driving
Thursday, April 27, 2017

It was a great trail with lots of great views. Hamburger hill was no joke.

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.

off road driving
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fun trail, mostly easy road until the climb out. Neat to travel through an entire canyon from one end of Moab to the other.

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

off road driving
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This is a HARD trail on motorcycles!

off road driving
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Recently I ran this trail during the Easter Jeep Safari in my Toyota FJ Cruiser (very modified). It was definitely not for the faint of heart. Not a beginners trail and not one I would recommend going on my yourself even if your rig is pretty modified (at least not by yourself the first time). The most major obstacle is a spot Hamburger Hill, a tough rock garden that requires careful wheel placement. Expect scraping on rock sliders and skid plates and even bumpers. And be willing to take body damage as there are outcropping rocks at some points that could cause side damage to your vehicle.

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.

off road driving
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Easy drive on a dirt road. Nothing really exciting until you get to the arch. If you're brave enough and strong enough you can climb a crack in the lower rocks to get up inside the bowl that the arch covers.

Traveled this road several times when I was younger.

off road driving
Sunday, September 08, 2013

Another great trail. Many water crossings. Never crowded, at least our experience, Enough obstacles to have fun.
Just like most of Moab, unreal scenery!!

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.

off road driving
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Geyser Pass is accesed via the La Sal Loop Road, about 12 miles from Moab. We have Jeeped the pass either as a stop when we climbed Mt Mellenthin, or when Jeeping a loop onto Dark Canyon Trail to La Sal Pass Trail back to town. The trip to Geyser Pass is easy, except once it was still blocked by snow in early June on one of our many trips to Moab.

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