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Wildcat Trail

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Trail

4.1 mile 6.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 381' 116 m
Descent: -385' -117 m
High: 5,549' 1,691 m
Low: 5,165' 1,574 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Carl Ignash

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The only maintained hiking trail in the Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley.

Carl Ignash

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Family Friendly Family friendly as long as the heat and weather are taken into consideration.

Open year round.

Overview

The Navajo Tribal Park is the home of many of Monument Valley's most beautiful buttes and mesas. On the Wildcat Trail, you descend to the base of the West Mitten and hike around it. Enjoy the ever changing panorama as you circle this beautiful creation.

Need to Know

A small portion of the trail is in a "dry" wash. In rainy weather be alert for flash flooding.

Description

From the trailhead you descend several hundred feet and follow the trail as it circles the West Mitten. Desert plants are plentiful and the panorama is constantly changing and beautiful. This is a desert setting so take care hiking in hot weather as there is little shade. Carrying water is always a good idea on trails in this part of the country. Other buttes and mesas are nearby and in constant view.

Flora & Fauna

Desert flora exists all along the trail. Thin leaf yucca in bloom in late April and early May, Cliffrose with it's tremendous fragrance blooms in both the spring and fall, juniper trees and a variety of desert plants are present.

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Land Manager: Navajo Nation

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Jul 4, 2019
Iana Ivanova
Apr 20, 2019
Sarah R
The trail was very easy for the first 3 mile but the last mile was a good incline on soft sand which was definitely challenging. Beautiful views of… 4.1mi
Apr 19, 2019
David E.
Feb 23, 2019
Christian Davis
Nov 5, 2018
Matthew Riscinti
Sep 30, 2018
Michaela Fernström
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Sep 14, 2018
Lisa VdBergh
May 21, 2018
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