Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 2, 2010

Neck Springs Trail

Filed under: 1 — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:42 am
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Shafer Point Overlook, Canyonlands NP

A mutual day off for my daughter and me, so we planned to hike the 5.8-mile Neck Springs Trail. As soon as I arrived at Canyonlands NP (6000 ft elevation) it began snowing — surely an April Fool’s joke. It was nearly 40 degrees, though, so we just waited an hour and layered ourselves up and headed out.

All manner of transport...

Other than the two bikers on large-wheeled unicycles we passed at the trailhead, we saw only two other people in our nearly three hours on trail. Such a gift.

springs, 4/1/10, Canyonlands

The deeply-carved canyons put me at a loss for words. I could never tire of seeing them. This is good, since I will be working up there for ten weeks this summer!


  1. on the left side of the picture, is that a road or hiking trail?

    Comment by john — April 3, 2010 @ 7:13 am | Reply

    • That’s the Shafer Trail. It is a jeep/bike trail to get down to the White Rim from atop the mesa. There are foot trails that do the same thing — quite a hike down 1000 feet. And then up again later, don’t you know…

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 3, 2010 @ 7:36 am | Reply

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