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Canyonlands National Park: Hayduke Trail Section

This eight-day, off-trail route explores southern Utah’s labyrinthine canyon country–slots, hoodoos, mesas, and bizarre sandstone formations.

Trip Tools

It’s easy to get off track or miss a water point on this section of the Hayduke Trail. In our June 2008 issue, we teach readers how to plot routes using topo maps and aerial photographs, then send data to their GPS. This route, scouted by our author using ExpertGPS (, shows the best potential route and possible alternatives, plus some key navigational points.

To learn more on how to use new tools for backcountry trips, check out our June 2008 issue on newsstands.

To Trailhead

Start at Big Spring trailhead (Needles District), reached via UT 211, off US 191. Shuttle: From US 191, take UT 95 W; 1.4 miles south of the bridge over the Colorado River, turn east onto Road 632. Go 8.6 miles; turn left onto Squaw Rock Rd. Continue 2.4 miles to Sundance trailhead.

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