Place

Confluence Overlook Trail

A green and gray river converge below towering canyon walls
Confluence Overlook Trail

NPS/Veronica Verdin

Quick Facts
Location:
The Needles, Canyonlands National Park
Significance:
Trail

Unlike other Needles hikes, this trail traverses dry, open country along the northern edge of the geologic faults that shaped the Needles. The trail ends at a cliff overlooking the junction of the Green and Colorado rivers 1,000 ft (304 m) below.

  • Roundtrip Distance: 11┬ámi (17.7 km)
  • Time: 5-6 hrs
  • Overall Elevation Change: 309 ft (94 m)
    Cumulative elevation gain on this route is much greater.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Hike Description: Unlike other Needles hikes, this trail traverses dry, open country along the northern edge of the geologic faults that shaped the Needles. Trail ends at a cliff overlooking the junction of the Green and Colorado rivers 1,000 ft (304 m) below.
  • 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 rocky slopes. 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?

Canyonlands National Park

Last updated: January 31, 2023