Needles District Hiking Trails
Many trails interconnect allowing for a variety of options for day or
|SHORT HIKING TRAILS
|Roadside Ruin||.3 mi/.5 km|
|30 min. ||Hard surface,
|Pothole Point||.6 mi/l km |
|45 min. ||Slickrock,
|Cave Spring||.6 mi/l km |
|45 min. ||Slickrock, two
Trail||2.4 mi/4 km |
|2-3 hr. ||Slickrock, little
shade, mesa top,
|LONG HIKING TRAILS
Elephant Canyon||10.8 mi/17 km ||4-6 hr. ||Slickrock pass
with sheer drop
offs and ladders|
Squaw Canyon||7.5 mi/12 km |
with sheer drop
Canyon||8.7 mi/14 km |
|4-6 hr.||Ladder, washes,
|Peekaboo||10 mi/16.5 km |
|5-6 hr.||Slickrock, sheer
to Chesler Park
(the Needles)|| 6 mi/10 km|| 3-4 hr.||Loose rock,
and Chesler Park
Loop ||11 mi/18 km ||5-7 hr.||Varied terrain,
to the Joint
|10 mi/16.5 km ||5-6 hr.||Varied terrain,
Kitchen Loop ||11 mi/18.5 km||5-7 hr.||Varied terrain|
to Druid Arch ||11 mi/18 km ||5-7 hr.||Sandy wash with
in places, ladder|
|Lower Red Lake
Canyon Trail ||19 mi/31 km||Overnight||1,400 ft.
Overlook||11 mi/18 km ||4-6 hr.||Little shade, one
ladder, view of
Accessed by Four-wheel drive Roads
Loop ||4.9 mi/8 km ||3-4 hr. ||Varied terrain,
|Joint Trail |
|1 mi/l.5 km ||45 min.||Narrow crack|
Loop||5.1 mi/8 km |
|3-4 hr.||Varied terrain|
|Upper Salt Creek ||28 mi/46.5 km ||Overnight||Sandy wash,
|Angel Arch ||1 mi/l.5 km ||30 min.||Hard surface,
|Castle Arch ||.8 mi/l km ||30 min. ||Primitive trail,
view of arch|
|Fortress Arch ||1 mi/l.5 km ||45 min.||Primitive trail,
view of arch|
Overlook ||1 mi/l.5 km||45 min.||Slickrock, view
of Green and
Trails:Trails are marked with cairns (small rock piles). Please do not disturb cairns or build new ones. Signs are located at trailheads and intersections. All backcountry trails are primitive and rough. Water may be found in some canyons, but is rarely available in others. All water should be purified before drinking. Spring and fall are the preferred times of year for hiking due to temperature and water availability.
Day Use Permits: Traveling on four wheel-drive roads into Salt Creek, Horse and Lavender canyons by vehicle, bicycle or horse requires a day use permit. (See other side for permit information.)
Backcountry Permits: All overnight stays, except those at Squaw Flat Campground, require a backcountry permit. Visitors are responsible for knowing and following backcountry regulations. (See other side for permit information.)
Pets: Pets are only permitted on paved and two- wheel-drive roads. Pets are not allowed on trails or four-wheel drive roads (either inside or outside of a vehicle). Pets are permitted in your campsite at Squaw Flat Campground. Pets must be leashed at all times.
Cryptobiotic Soil Crusts: An important feature of the Colorado Plateau is the black. knobby crust often seen growing on soil surfaces. Cryptobiotic soil holds moisture, prevents erosion and contributes nutrients to the desert environment. The crust is easily broken and crushed by tracks. Please do not step or drive on these living soils.
Safety Information: The high desert is a land of extremes. For a safe and enjoyable visit, please follow these guidelines:
- Drink a minimum of one gallon of water per day. Avoid overexposure to the intense sun.
- Spring, summer and fall temperatures may become extremely hot. Save strenuous activity for morning or evening hours.
- During winter, temperatures drop well below freezing. Wear warm wool or synthetic clothing. Carry storm gear and a flashlight.
- During lightning storms avoid lone trees, cliff edges and high ridges. Return to your vehicle if possible.
- Watch weather conditions. Slickrock lives up to its name when wet or icy!
- Remember that climbing up is easier than climbing down.
- Flash floods occur with amazing rapidity. When caught in flash flood conditions, go to high ground. Do not attempt to drive through washes in flood.D
- Group members should stay together to avoid becoming lost.
- If you become lost, stay where you are. Make your location obvious to searchers.
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