Pothole Point is an easy and interesting trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
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.
- Discover all you need to know before visiting Canyonlands National Park.
- Find out more to do while visiting the Needles district of Canyonlands.
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.
- Check out Newspaper Rock: Amazing Rock Art Panel in Utah on your way to The Needles.
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!
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).
- Visit Cave Spring – another fun, short trail in Canyonlands as well as the Slickrock Trail-both in the Needles District!
After the Rain
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 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.
- Don’t miss even more amazing viewpoints in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands.
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.
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:
- Bring plenty of water, especially during the hot summer months.
- Wear good hiking shoes.
- Stay on the trails to avoid damaging the fragile desert ecosystem.
- Bring a picnic.
- Fill up on gas before driving to Canyonlands.
- Read 11 things to know before hiking in the desert.
- Check out our recommended hiking gear.
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.
- Moab, Arches, and Canyonlands Itinerary
- Canyonlands Trip Planner Page
- An Easy Guide to Visiting Canyonlands National Park
- Is the Needles District in Canyonlands Worth Visiting?
- Cave Spring – A Fun, Short Trail in Canyonlands
- Newspaper Rock: Amazing Rock Art Panel in Utah
- Slickrock Trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park
- The Best Viewpoints In Canyonlands National Park
- Hiking in the Desert: 11 things to know before you go
- Canyonlands National Park Website