Canyonlands National Park: Colorado-Green Rivers Confluence

Cruise desert slickrock and sand on this 10.4-mile dayhike to an impressive canyon-top lookout high above the Colorado and Green Rivers.
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Cruise desert slickrock and sand on this 10.4-mile dayhike to an impressive canyon-top lookout high above the Colorado and Green Rivers.

-Mapped by Steffan Fay

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.7

Waypoints

CON001

Location: 38.178194, -109.817206

Head west from the trailhead. The trail rounds to the southwest ahead.

CON002

Location: 38.176701, -109.820099

Trail passes through rock tunnel, then winds W

CON003

Location: 38.175861, -109.829803

Start down slickrock to canyon bottom; snowcapped La Sal peaks break up NE horizon behind mesas and canyon walls

CON004

Location: 38.179298, -109.838203

Bear L as trail curves to the SW in Elephant Canyon

CON005

Location: 38.17569, -109.848999

Meander SW across parched terrain. To the W, views extend across canyon-cut landscapes to the remote Maze District

CON006

Location: 38.17477, -109.852402

Tackle a short scramble, then continue trek SW

CON007

Location: 38.172791, -109.856598

Trail traverses small ledge

CON008

Location: 38.170261, -109.860497

Straight (W) @ 4-way, crossing 4WD road, then follow curving path NW

CON009

Location: 38.17804, -109.867996

Bear L @ 4-way onto jeep road and follow to NW

CON010

Location: 38.183609, -109.874001

Dirt road turns hard L away from main drainage and climbs SW

CON011

Location: 38.18198, -109.876099

Pass picnic table and privy @ end of jeep trail; continue SW

CON012

Location: 38.181992, -109.880898

Overlook: Peer over sandstone walls into canyon, where the silty Colorado and Green Rivers merge into a Y; retrace route

Green and Colorado River Confluence

Location: 38.182003, -109.880646

©Steffan Fay

Trail Views

Location: 38.170712, -109.861099

©Steffan Fay

The La Sals

Location: 38.175552, -109.848282

©Steffan Fay