Hike-in Required
Yes
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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The Big Spring Overlook is located at the end of the park road in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The short hike (.4 mile round trip) is perfect for those looking to find a great viewpoint without walking too far from their vehicle.

The trail begins at the roundabout at the end of the Needles Main Park Road. The Confluence Overlook Trail also begins here and leads down to a view of the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.

The trail leading to the overlook is quite faint and traverses some uneven terrain, although there is an occasional cairn marking the way. Thankfully getting to the overlook is very easy, just continue walking outward until you can’t! When you reach the edge of the canyon rim you’ll have a great view of unique rock spires and multi-colored sandstone benches. Big Spring is located down in the canyon below, and the water allows trees and plants to flourish in the spring and summer months.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Short walk. Good viewpoint.

Cons

Not a well marked trail.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

Wildlife
Family friendly
Big vistas
Bird watching

Location

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