Looking for a great trail near Monticello, Utah? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Ute Mountain Indian Reservation or Edge of the Cedars State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Robert Allerton Park or Lodge Park. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Monticello ranging from 0.6 to 29.2 miles and from 4,911 to 7,965 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Amazing interesting terrain hike up and down over rocks and boulders. There are signs marking the trail that I found was a little confusing! Watch for Anasazi ruins, you might miss unless you are not watching.

So much fun the entire time. Enjoy:)

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Very scenic hike that crosses through very different terrain. Other reviewers commented on water... I will echo their sentiment.... bring more water than you normally would for an 11-12 mile hike. The last 1/4 mile is a climb including a small 6’ ladder bolted to a boulder. The “reveal” is spectacular when you reach the top and finally see se the Druid Arch.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

I backpacked in to Chester 5 on Friday. It was about 80 degrees. It was 3.7 miles from the trail head to the camp site. I took 5.5 liters of water in the advice of the ranger and drank 2liters on my way in to the camp site. I drank another 1.5 at camp and for food rehydration. That left 2 liters for the hike out in the morning. There is no water in Chester and you have to bring in all your water. Water is very heavy! Every liter is 2lbs! The trail is strenuous. There were lots of nice slick Rock areas that were easy but also lots of places where you are scrambling up and down rocks. I dropped off my pack at the camp and took off to the joint. Pretty cool! It took 3hours from the trail head to Chester 5 camp and about the same time to go out. This is not the entire trail so estimate accordingly. As a note I thought about leaving by the Druid trail but backed out. This trail is boulders after the first half hour. I can’t see anyone who is not extremely fit being able to hike out this way.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
16 days ago

There isn't one second during this hike when you aren't surrounded by spectacular beauty. The Joint section is short but cool. I did it counterclockwise and passed a lot of folks going in the opposite direction, so I can't say which way is better. The first part from the Elephant Hill trailhead is shared with the Druid Arch and Devil's Kitchen trails. None of the signs are specifically for the loop, so you need to do your homework and figure it out in advance, or have the AllTrails Ap working. Or both. It is long. I was really ready to be done by the time I got back to my car. I can't imagine combining the loop with Druid Arch, but I guess people do it. There is a lot of up and down, sometimes steep. The cairns are good, and there are obstacles placed to keep you from going off the trail, but there will be places where you have to look around a bit to figure out the right way to go. Going off the trail is bad for your health and the health of the desert.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

If you are staying in Monticello and want a quick stroll in the outdoors, this is less than a 10 minute drive from Main St. I would advise doing the loop clockwise, as this will give you a view of the Abajo mountains for the longer part of the walk. The lake is probably more scenic when the water levels are higher. Lots of birds. There seem to be a lot of side trails heading off hither and yon, for mountain biking maybe.

hiking
19 days ago

Ok trail. Get the map tour guide at the trailhead to learn about the different foliage on the trail and the area in general. Interesting storage structure built by the natives at end of trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Not far of a walk at all. Excellent petroglyphs.

hiking
19 days ago

Short, interesting hike. Hike consists of many overhang areas that you hike under. 2 ladders, and some slickrock as well.

Fun hike through the canyon. First part of the hike is a lot of slickrock with views of mushrooms and needles surrounding you. About halfway there is some fun parts through a slot and switchbacks through a tighter canyon area. Hike is mostly exposed, but has some shaded parts. Before you get to the end at Chesler Park, there is a lookout to your left. Honestly, this trail could just stop here as the last 1/8 of a mile down is not as great of a view.

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