Slickrock Foot Trail

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 38.17705°N / 109.81453°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Hike
Sign the Climber's Log


This 2.4 mile loop trail takes you over a slickrock peninsula between Little Spring Canyon to the east and Big Spring Canyon to the west. You will find 4 designated viewpoints on the trail; the first 3 give you views of Little Spring Canyon or its branches and the 4th gives you views of Big Spring Canyon. Along the way, you will also have great views of Island in the Sky Mesa to the distant north and the Needles to the distant south.

Getting There

From the entrance station drive 6.5 miles on the main road to the signed parking area on the right side before the end of the road.

Route Description

Map of Slickrock Foot TrailMap

Trailhead is right on the main road.


Follow the cairns up a short distance to reach a slickrock area. You will see The Needles to the south.

The NeedlesThe Needles

Near Trailhead

Slickrock Country

La Sal Mountains will be visible to the northeast.

La Sal MountainsLa Sal Mountains

You will then reach viewpoint #1

Viewpoint #1

After the viewpoint, the trail splits starting the loop. This description goes right and returns from left. The trail continues on slickrock.

Slickrock Country

Viewpoint #2.

Viewpoint #2

Keep following the cairns on slickrock.

Slickrock Country

At Viewpoint #3 you will see the junction of Little and Big Spring Canyons. Island in the Sky Mesa will also be in good view.

Viewpoint #3Island in the Sky

Viewpoint #3

More slickrock hiking.

Slickrock Country

At Viewpoint #4 you will see Big Spring Canyon.

Viewpoint #4Big Spring canyon

Viewpoint #4Big Spring Canyon

The trail then heads south returning to where the loop started giving you good views of the slickrock country, canyons and The Needles.

The NeedlesThe Needles

Red Butte, zoomed viewRed Butte

The NeedlesThe Needles

Big Spring CanyonBig Spring Canyon

Island in the Sky & Junction ButteIsland in the Sky & Junction Butte

The NeedlesThe Needles

Essential Gear

Hiking equipment.



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