Last updated: August 22, 2023
On the park's quieter side, this trail climbs up a rock wall, cuts across a valley, and then meanders through sandstone fins and sand dunes. Reaching this trailhead requires driving 8 mi (14 km) on unpaved roads.
- Roundtrip Distance: 2.6 mi (4.2 km)
Time: 2-3 hours
Elevation Change: 290 ft (89 m)
Hike Description: This trail climbs up a steep rock wall, cuts across a valley, and then meanders through sandstone fins and sand dunes. Climbing sand dunes can be very difficult. Expect no cellular service and little to no shade on this trail.
Bring: Bring at least 2 quarts (2 L) of water per person. Avoid wearing shoes with open toes, high heels, or slick soles.
Accessibility: Due to the steep climbing and sandy sections, this trail is not accessible to wheelchairs.
- Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Service animals are allowed in national parks. What is a service animal?
The unpaved, less-developed side of the park offers opportunities for quiet reflection. Before recent decades of dramatically increased visitation, the entire park sat in desert silence most of the time.