Chesler Park | Canyonlands National Park
***You should def do a moderate amount of physical activity, like barre, yoga, 5+ mile walk
If you are looking for a secluded, otherworldly destination, then Chesler Park should be at the top of your hiking list. Canyonlands National Park is usually well known for the Island in the Sky loop that is highly trafficked by hikers of all abilities, but the Needles District, with its rocky terrain and uniquely shaped canyons, will have you itching to explore more.
This 11.6 mile loop gains around 2000 feet in elevation. To camp, a permit is required beforehand. Dogs are not allowed on this trail due to the fact that it is a part of the National Park System. There are not any rivers or streams but when you travel in the spring or fall, there are sometimes pockets of rainwater that made filtering easy.
After we set up camp in our designated and isolated location, we went off to explore. From Chesler Park, we hiked out to Druid Arch which was a sight to behold. Druid Arch is so different from the typical arch you may be used to seeing. With its tall columns and large stature, it makes the scramble up to it totally worth it.
Another side trip can be taken to the slot canyons along the Chesler Park loop. These narrow rock formations are not for those who struggle with claustrophobia. However, the unmaintained trail through these structures makes it a great place for children to explore.
I will never forget the peaceful sunset that we watched from our campsite. As the sun fell behind the giant boulders, the deep red of the sandstone became so vibrant.