Confluence Overlook, Canyonlands National Park

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Confluence Overlook

The Confluence Overlook trail treats hikers to a scenic walk through both Big Spring and Elephant Canyons.  At the turn-around point, enjoy scenic overlooks of the Green and Colorado Rivers.

  • 11 miles (typically 5-7 hours).
  • Strenuous at over 11 miles.
  • Trailhead: 6.6 miles from the Needles Entrance Station at the road's end.


Hikers come to the Confluence Overlook Trail for a chance to experience panoramic vistas of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Along the way you’ll follow the well marked dirt trail through scenic Big Spring and Elephant Canyons. Due to the trails distance, you should be in reasonably good physical shape to attempt this hike.


Access the trailhead from the Needles Entrance Station. You’ll follow the road for 6.6 miles and park at the road’s end.


  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Average Time of Hike: 5 -7 hours.
  • Elevation Gain: Minimal
  • Difficulty: Difficult.
  • Trail Type: Out and back.
  • Trailhead: 6.6 miles from the Needles Entrance Station at the road's end. 

Plan & Prepare

Temperatures in Moab can be highly variable, with summertime highs topping out above 100 degrees, and wintertime lows dipping below 30. Make sure you dress appropriately. During the summer, pack plenty of water, sunscreen. During the winter, dressing in layers is your best bet, as you’ll be able to peel clothes off, and put clothes on to suit your comfort level.

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