Neck Spring Trail -- Canyonlands National Park

(Photos by Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune)


This might be the only true moderate hike in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. From the trailhead, the path goes northwest, bisecting the main road in the process. The trail turns to the south and descends into a drainage. Once there, you will see remnants of livestock ranching as well as desert vegetation. Don't forget to look up at the beautiful park vistas. The well-marked trail continues in an irregular loop before ascending out of the drainage and onto the mesa. There is one more short ascent on slickrock before arriving at a scenic lookout. Shafer Canyon will be below you. The final few tenths of a mile parallel and cross the main road. Fees: $10 per vehicle (park fee)

Getting there: From the Island In the Sky District visitor's center, take the main road south about 1/2 mile. A parking area with a sign for the trailhead will be on your left.


-- Nate Carlisle


Destination: Loop

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 3 hours

Elevation Gain: 364 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: No

Biking: No

Difficulty: 3


First published 2011-07-10