Elephant Hill 4x4 Trail, Canyonlands National Park

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Elephant Hill

Visitors come to Elephant Hill to experience jaw dropping views of sweeping canyons and unique rock formations.  The area is also popular with off-roaders who come to tackle the hill's steep slopes.

  • Located about 6 miles from the Needles Visitors Center.
  • Hike to the summit of elephant hill in just over 3 hours.
  • If you’re looking for some extra adventure, explore the area in an off-road vehicle.


Made popular by four-wheelers who come to tackle Elephant Hill’s steep slopes, the area has also become popular with hikers who take the march to the summit to enjoy the scenic overviews and sandstone spires. Regardless of how you choose to explore, you’ll no doubt be taken aback by the areas jaw dropping scenery, including sweeping panoramic views of sandstone canyons, and unique rock formations.

Location & Information

Elephant Hill is 6 miles west of the Needles Visitor Center.


Though the area is open year-round, spring and fall are considered the best times to visit.

Contact Information

Canyonlands National Park
2282 SW Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532


Elephant Hill is home to two popular hiking trails. The Elephant Hill to Chesler Viewpoint route is 6 miles long, and takes about 3-4 hours to complete. If you choose to continue on to complete the Elephant Hill-Chesler Loop, expect 11 miles of hiking, with a trip time of around 5 hours.

The basic loop up and around Elephant Hill is about 9 miles and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. It’s known to many as one of the most challenging jeep roads in the area. Along the route you’ll experience breathtaking canyon views, unique stone formations, and obstacles with names like “the squeeze.”

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