Elephant Hill Road

Total Miles


1,577.78 ft


1 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is the trail leading up from the trailhead parking lot at the Squaw Flat parking lot to the actual Elephant Hill obstacle. The trail wastes no time in getting steep, but overall the obstacles are not too difficult with a high-clearance vehicle or side-by-side. After a short climb, the switchbacks begin. The last switchback is too tight of a turn to do in one go but has an area to pull up into and redirect to head on up. Spotters aren't required but may be helpful for some obstacles once you get to the top of the switchbacks.

Photos of Elephant Hill Road

Elephant Hill Road
Elephant Hill Road
Elephant Hill Road


There are tight single lane switchbacks and large shelves to climb after the switchbacks.

Technical Rating


Status Reports

Jeff Lundgren
Apr 04, 2024
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
On the one way loop (after Devil’s Kitchen), tumbleweeds were six feet deep in places. Rest of trail is fine. In the narrow section, stay as close to passenger side as possible without climbing passenger side wall.

Access Description

Just past the Needles Visitor Center in Canyonlands NP. Entrance fee and permits required.

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