Big Spring/Squaw Canyon Loop

Canyonlands Hiking Trails

Trail Head: 38.1436, -109.803
Trail Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 7.5 miles round trip

This is a fun loop hike through spectacular scenery, up one canyon and down the other. Hiking is fairly easy in the canyon bottoms. To complete the loop visitors must climb the slickrock ridge that separates the canyons. This segment is steep and the trail winds close to exposed dropoffs. People who are afraid of heights may be uncomfortable there.

Big Spring offers a reliable water source. (Of course, water should be purified before drinking.)

Squaw Flat Trailhead

(38.1436, -109.803)

The hike begins at the Squaw Flat Loop "A"; Trailhead, at the Squaw Flat Campground. It is located along the main access road into The Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

Big Spring Canyon

(38.1219, -109.816)

It really doesn't matter if you hike clockwise or counter clockwise, so you can start or end with Big Spring Canyon. Big Spring and Squaw run parallel to each other in a southerly direction. Big Spring is the westernmost canyon.

Trail Junction

(38.1096, -109.816)

The trails join on a saddle near the top of the canyons. Views from the saddle are incredible - looking out over classic Canyonlands scenery.

Squaw Flat Canyon

(38.1228, -109.8)

Moderate scrambling is required as you make your way up these rugged, desert canyons. Vegetation grows in sandy soil in the canyon bottoms, but much of the hike is on barren slickrock.

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