Upper Salt Creek
Key information: Upper Salt Creek
- A superb hike up a relatively wide, shallow canyon, between sandstone spires and cliffs, enjoying arches and other formations.
- Survey varied desert vegetation, Indian ruins and rock art.
- Hot and dry walk in remote country: come prepared!
- Walkopedia rating86
- Natural interest17
- Human interest0
- Negative points0
- Total rating86
- Length: 40km
- 3 days +
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Salt Creek is to the south-west of the main Needles area of the magnificent Canyonlands N.P. in Utah. A superb 40km hike up a relatively wide, shallow canyon, between sandstone spires and cliffs, enjoying arches and other formations. Beautiful Angel Arch is a 3.5 mile detour.
Survey varied desert vegetation, Indian ruins and rock art. With water much of the year, the creek has more vegetation than usual, which creates beautiful colour contrasts with the sandstone walls.
2 to 4 days, depending on side-trips. This is a hot and dry walk in remote country, where you will have to be self-sufficient. Come fully prepared, including a lot of water.
It is hard to get to Salt Creek – you need a permit to drive in on the rough 4x4 track from the main road (and another to camp overnight). Access to the southern end, from unsurfaced route 107, is easier.
The book is Canyonlands and Arches National Parks by Bill Schneider for Falcon Hiking Guides. Find relevant books on Amazon.
See our Canyonlands National Park page for more general and practical information and photos.
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