Chesler Park
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Chesler Park, Canyonlands NP
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Chesler Park is part of Canyonlands National Park, the Needles district. It is an open area surrounded by unearthly rock formations. Early American cowboys used this area as a winter camp, with some evidence still remaining. Just to the South of Chesler park is the Joint Trail, which cuts through a maze of slot canyons. This trail is an incredibly fun place to hike and climb around, but pay attention to where you’ve been so you don’t get lost. Access to Chesler Park is easiest from the Elephant Hill Trailhead, but you can also access it from either of the Squaw Flat trailheads. While there are no vehicles allowed in Chesler Park, there are many rough roads to the north, so one could access it from there in a 4x4. Bring plenty of water. This area is known for being dry. Check with the ranger station for a walk-in permit and for where the most recent water is. You can usually find some about a mile or so up the trail to Druid Arch. Big Spring Canyon, Squaw Canyon, and Lost Canyon are all fun hikes and allow one to hike a loop rather than an out-and-back. This is wilderness camping, so leave no trace principles apply, and everything must be backpacked in, unless you are using the jeep trails. Amazing scenery, and pure joy to hike!
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