Pothole Point Trail

Water and grass fill several potholes- indentations in the sandstone after rain. Rainbows visible.
Water and rainbows fill the landscape near Pothole Point after a summer rain

Neal Herbert

Quick Facts
The Needles, Canyonlands National Park
Short Trail

This short loop trail (0.6 mi/1 km) crosses sandstone dimpled with pockets called potholes.

  • Roundtrip Distance: 0.6 mi (1 km)
  • Time: 45 min
  • Elevation Change: 36 ft (11 m)
  • Difficulty: Easy/Short
  • Hike Description: Uneven slickrock leads to diverse pothole communities and views of The Needles. Trail follows cairns.
  • Accessibility: This trail can be rough, uneven, and requires walking up and down a rocky hill and 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? 

Help protect fragile desert ecosystems

When wet or dry, potholes are tiny—and sensitive—ecosystems. Body oils, soaps, and sunscreen easily pollute the water. Protect these ecosystems by never putting anything (like fingers or feet) into potholes, and by walking around potholes, even when they are dry.

The bumpy soil along the trail is also alive. Biological soil crusts are living communities of cyanobacteria, mosses, algae, lichens, and fungi. Soil crust prevents erosion, stores moisture, and provides critical nutrients for plants. Protect this life by staying on trail.

Canyonlands National Park

Last updated: July 11, 2024