Big Spring Canyon to Elephant Canyon Loop Trail

Multicolored sandstone spires spring up from a canyon
Elephant Canyon


Quick Facts
The Needles, Canyonlands National Park

This loop features extended hiking on slickrock benches and mesa tops overlooking canyons. Excellent views of sheer cliff walls and other rock formations.

  • Roundtrip Distance: 10.5 mi (16.9 km) 

  • Time: 4-6 hrs  

  • Overall Elevation Change: 443ft (135m) 
    Cumulative elevation gain on this route is much greater. 

  • Difficulty: Strenuous 

  • Hike Description: You will have to climb two ladders in the pass between the canyons.  

  • Bring: Water (at least 1 L per person, per hour), snacks, sturdy footwear, headlamp, map, and be prepared for, sun, rain, heat, or cold. 

  • Accessibility: This trail can be rough, uneven, and requires climbing two ladders. It is not accessible to wheelchairs. In winter, there may be snow or icy conditions; we recommend traction devices for hikers. 

Canyonlands National Park

Last updated: January 11, 2024