Pothole Point

Needles, Canyonlands National Park, Ut

Short and Sweet, Kid Friendly, and Nature Lovers

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 0.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 36 ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 20-60 min
Features: Desert Potholes
Nearest Town: Monticello, Ut

Potholes are an abundant source of life in the desert.  On this hike you can see several of them and ponder what life would be like in the pool or maybe in the heat of the desert sun waiting for the next rain and snow….

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Hike Highlights

1. Potholes

Don’t step inside!  Even when they are dry life carries on in these amazing desert pools. 

2. Really Fun Hike

This hike is a great one for the whole family.  It’s short, flat, and just plain old fun.

3. Landscape Views

The hike to Pothole Point has beautiful landscape views of the Needles District.

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Hike Overview

Trailhead Directions

Pothole Point trail is located in the Needles District of Canyonlands located north of Monticello and south of Moab. 

Take highway 191 north from Monticello until you reach UT-211.  Turn left and follow the road to the Canyonlands entrance and visitor center.  Continue to follow the park road for another 5 miles until you reach the Pothole Point trailhead on the left.

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Hike Details

The beginning of the trail was a little confusing so head towards the rock rather than on what looks like a more well-worn path heading away from the rock.  Cairns may be pretty spotty in this part of the trail and it’s apparent that a lot of people make the same mistake…. 

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Continue to follow the rock cairns around the rock and out to the potholes.  The path is better marked the further out you get and will eventually cross between the potholes themselves.

Just stay out of the them. Remember that even when they are dry life continues in these special and truly amazing ecosystems. 

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Once you are done exploring the potholes make your way back to the trailhead by following the cairns between the rocks.

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Why is this hike easy?

There is not much elevation change on the trail and it’s relatively easy to navigate as long as you stay near the big rock.  It’s a short, fun trail that’s great for everyone in the family!

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