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Address: The Needles, Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4
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Amazing Scenery But Dirt Road Access

Elephant Hill is an area of geologic interest in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. Large red boulders of Cedar Mesa sandstone that are streaked and capped with... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2017
Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona
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614 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 735 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Elephant Hill is an area of geologic interest in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. Large red boulders of Cedar Mesa sandstone that are streaked and capped with white sediment dominate the landscape. The area is popular for the unusual scenery and outdoor recreation activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, and backcountry jeep/4WD excursions. The Needles district is in... More 

1 Thank CrankingChick
Fremont, California
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238 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Elephant Hill has its starting access at the end of the dirt road and is the launching point for serious hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, and four wheel vehicles heading into the Needles. While a 3.0 mile RT hike will get you to the serious section of the needles, you'll need to go further if you want the full experience. For... More 

Thank Glenn M
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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307 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

I had been in this area of Utah for a while before I saw Elephant Hill but the novelty of the landscape had not worn off and I enjoyed seeing Elephant Hill. The drive out there is marked as 2WD unpaved and we negotiated it in the dry OK. Some of the (dry) river crossing places were pretty bumpy and... More 

1 Thank Trekbud
Boise, Idaho
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99 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We spent an afternoon in the Needles section of Canyonlands and hiked part of the Elephant Hill trail, but didn't have enough time to take it as far as I'd like to have. There's a short uphill section at the start that might intimidate some, but after that it's a very gentle trail. I'm 70 and didn't have any problems.... More 

Thank computo
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

It is amazing what you can see in the rocks! Lots of things to imagine. Here you can see an elephant! Very cool and worth the picture!

Thank ggerskine
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Well as a first time out for our old jeep it was great fun. The whole loop is technical and requires some offloading skill, and a capable jeep. To say the least we learned a lot about our jeep and what it is capable of. We camped at one of their designated spots (New Bates Wilson) We saw jeeps and... More 

1 Thank taylor h
San Francisco, California
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Elephant Hill is a campground. It's the start of a 4WD road. And it's a trailhead for some of the best short hikes in the Canyonlands. The Needles District itself is unique, as spectacular as any other of Utah's national parks. But to see it in full you have to get out and hike. I recommend hiking any distance on... More 

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Clearfield, Utah
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This was a great Jeep trail and wasn't too difficult. Great views, restrooms were at the beginning and end of the trail and the obstacles were good and fun. Love to go back.

Thank Rodney J
Los Angeles, California, USA
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

We had half a day so we decided to hike from the Elephant Hill Parking area to the Chesler Park Viewpoint. By miles it was only about 6 miles round trip but what we experienced had a great variety of surfaces we had to traverse. It starts at the parking lot at what seems like a ridiculous climb up following... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2015

The 6 mile round trip hike to Chesler Park from the Elephant Hill Parking area is beautiful but demanding for a mid-60 year old guy like me. The hike starts with a very steep uphill. There are some areas where the trail is flat, but there are a lot of ups and downs. Along the way, you are surrounded by... More 

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