Place

Chesler Park Loop and Joint Trail

Multicolored sandstone spires in a yellow meadow at sunset
Chesler Park Trail

NPS/Emily Ogden

Quick Facts

This trail provides many great panoramas of the Needles formations. The Joint Trail winds through deep, narrow fractures in the rock. 

  • Roundtrip Distance: 10.7 mi (17.2 km)

  • Time: 5-7 hrs

  • Overall Elevation Change: 615 ft (187 m)
    Cumulative elevation gain on this route is much greater.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous

  • Hike Description: This trail provides many great panoramas of the Needles formations. The Joint Trail winds through deep, narrow fractures in the rock.

  • Bring: Water (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 walking up and down stone steps. It is not accessible to wheelchairs. In winter, there may be snow or icy conditions; we recommend traction devices for hikers.

  • Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Service animals are allowed in national parks. What is a service animal?

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Last updated: June 9, 2022