Ute Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 53' 16 m
Descent: -939' -286 m
High: 6,432' 1,961 m
Low: 5,546' 1,690 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“Natural arches, lush riverbed greenery, and stunning canyon walls await all who descend Ute Canyon.”— Hunter R
Family Friendly A great option for older kids who can navigate the first steep section.
Starting at the Ute Canyon Trail Parking Area, follow the dirt and rock-treaded trail as it descends sharply to the canyon floor. Thankfully, parts of this descent have been constructed with large stone steps, making it considerably easier than slip-sliding down a loose dirt hillside.
Upon reaching the canyon floor, head east along the trail, following a seasonal stream bed lush with greenery. Take time to enjoy this portion of the trail, as verdant cottonwood and willow trees occupy this oasis, while sage, scrub oak, and pinyon pine pepper the remaining valley floor.
Along the route, keep your eyes peeled for naturally occurring stone arches carved into the sheer sandstone of the canyon cliffs.
After reaching the trail's end, visitors have the option of returning the way they came or continuing their hike on the Corkscrew Trail or Bench Route.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Colorado National Monument