Pothole Point: An Easy Trail In Canyonlands

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Pothole Point is an easy and interesting trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.


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This moderate trail is located in the Needles district of Canyonlands and offers a unique and fascinating glimpse into the area’s geology and natural history. In this blog post, we’ll explore what makes the Pothole Point Hike so special and why it’s a must-see destination for anyone visiting Canyonlands.

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The Trailhead

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The Pothole Point Trailhead is located off the main scenic drive in the Needles district of Canyonlands. From the visitor center, the drive to the trailhead is approximately 5 miles. The trailhead is marked by a small parking area, and the trail itself is easy to find and follow.

The Hike

The Pothole Point Hike is a 0.6-mile loop trail that goes through a unique landscape of potholes, which are small depressions in the rock that collect water during rainstorms. These potholes are fascinating features that are a product of the area’s geology and climate, and they provide important habitats for plants and animals in an otherwise harsh desert environment.

Therefore, please do NOT step in the potholes when water is in them!

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The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, but you do need to look out for rock cairns (stacks of rocks that mark the way). The hike is considered moderate, and it takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Though there is virtually no elevation gain, the trail is uneven and not wheelchair accessible (like most of Canyonlands).

After the Rain

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The trail is best after rainfall because the potholes will be filled with water. I was fortunate enough to have visited the day after a nighttime storm!

The Views

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The Needles are located in the distance; this was taken with a zoom lens

The highlight of the Pothole Point Hike is the unique landscape and views it offers. As visitors make their way along the trail, they will be treated to great vistas of the Needles in the distance.

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Some of the rock formations on the trail are really bizarre.

The end of the trail wraps through a few rock outcroppings, providing some nice variety.

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Pushy Ravens

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When I was there we noticed a woman who was afraid to get into her car because a raven had perched on her door and would NOT move.

I opened my vehicle door and the raven started making his way toward me, but I wasn’t going to let him take up residence on my vehicle!

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Tips for Visiting

When visiting Canyonlands, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

Is It Worth It?

Pothole Point is one of a few easy hikes in the Needles District that make a visit worth it. Since it’s only 0.6 miles, it’s definitely worth it!

What Else Do You Need to Know?

Between Moab, Arches, and Canyonlands, there is so much to see and do. How do you know where to start? You need help! Don’t miss out on the best things.

Most travelers want to visit the most popular sites and still avoid crowds. We have a detailed itinerary that gives you a step-by-step game plan so you can get to the best places at the right times!



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