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    203 m
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    8.5 km
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    Neck Spring Trail


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    The Neck Spring Trail is a lovely little hiking loop over diverse terrain in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. With shady forest, hot desert sandstone, and a short scramble—the Neck Spring Trail has so much to offer. This hike is low-traffic and a great opportunity to get some alone time enjoying the beauty that the Utah desert has to offer.

    Route Description for Neck Spring Trail

    The Neck Spring trail is a short but moderately challenging hiking loop in the Utah desert. This hike does have some steep and scramble sections so hikers should be prepared with proper footwear and appropriate experience. The Neck Spring trail is a great place to see the diverse terrain that the Utah desert has to offer. For a special experience- try this hike in the springtime to see the desert wildflowers in full bloom.

    From the trailhead, cross Grand View Point Road to follow the loop counterclockwise. There is one very steep section along this route that most folks find easier to climb up rather than climb down but feel free to choose your own adventure. If you’d rather climb down the steep bit then head out on the loop in the clockwise direction.

    Follow the cairns marking the way until you arrive back at Grand View Point Road. Cross over the road once more to arrive safely back at the trailhead.

    Getting to the Neck Spring Trail Trailhead

    This hike begins at the Neck Spring Trailhead, half a mile south of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center along Grand View Point Road.

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