Cave Spring loop hike in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park is a great short hike. It is only about 45 minutes and 1 km long. The trail is very interesting as you hike underneath of the stone plateau along the sides, a relief from the sun. Also you get to see an old cowboy camp and climb 2 ladders to go up and over the stone plateau. All in all a very good short hike.
From the parking lot pickup the trail and in a little while you will either go right or left. If you go left, you will make your way beneath the eroded rock and come to a natural spring of water. I wouldn’t drink this water but it is pretty interesting. In a little while longer you will come across the cowboy camp, you can’t go in but you will a good idea of what it was like. As you keep going you will have to go up two ladders. Once on top of the plateau make your way along and follow the loop trail down. As you keep going you will then make your way back to the trail intersection and then your car.
Drive to the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park. From the visitor centre it is a short drive to the Cave Spring parking area.
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