Needles District & Lockhart Road

Saturday, February 5, 2011

After finishing searching for rock art in Indian Creek Canyon, I continued on down the highway to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Since all of the 4×4 roads in the park were closed I figured that I would complete some of the easier and shorter hikes that I always pass by on my way elsewhere. I started out with the very short hike to the Roadside Ruin.

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Roadside Ruin by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

From there I drove over to the Cave Spring Loop. It was a short but fun loop, and it’s also where I found my last rock art of the day.

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Cave Spring by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Cave Spring Pictographs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Cave Spring Pictograph 1 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Cave Spring Pictograph 2 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Cave Spring Handprints by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After finishing up the loop I made my way over to the Pothole Point trail. The potholes were all dry so there so i didn’t take any photos. My last hike of the day was around the Slickrock Foot Trail. This was another nice hike with some good views in all directions.

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Slickrock Trail View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Before heading home for the day, I ended up driving part of the Lockhart Basin Road and taking it to just under the Needles Overlook before turning around. Lockhart Basin is one of those trails I always want to completely explore, but that I still haven’t done…maybe 2011 will be the year I finally do?

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Lockhart Basin Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Under Needles Overlook by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Under Red Ledges by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Needles Overlook by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Heading Back by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

By the time I made it home it was a long day, but I had a great time and it was worth it!

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