Lathrop Canyon - Hiking

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This is a stellar hike, best distance hike in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. It is long, has huge exposure and a steep section descending and ascending the 2600 ft. to the White Rim.

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Sallie Shatz


18.0 miles

This hike can be 12.6 miles or 18 miles roundtrip.

Destination Distance From Downtown

18.5 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


No dogs are allowed on this trail. Do not leave dog in car while hiking.

Fees Permits


Canyonlands National Park - $10 per vehicle



Lathrop Canyon can be done as a 12.6-mile round trip or an 18 mile round trip hike. The trail descends and ascending 2600 vertical feet as it goes up and down to the White Rim trail below. This trail is an incredible hike.

What Makes It Great

This trail starts with a couple miles of hiking through gorgeous meadows that transition into a magical boulder city with swooping fun rockscapes. Then, you come to the rim with a 2600 ft. drop to the White Rim. The views are spectacular! The trail is visible to the right as it traverses the edge of the steeply dropping off cliff. Three miles into the hike the trail drops almost 1000 ft, the majority of the altitude of the hike. 

Who is Going to Love It

Think ultrarunner, uber fit, with an extreme comfort with heights and agility on rocks. This trail is not for the casual hiker, except for the first two miles when you will reach the amazing view of the vast landscape of the Colorado River and the landscape of the White Rim Trail. If you are fit, strong, carrying enough water and food, this is the best trail in the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Moab, drive north on route 191 for about 10 miles, take a left on route 313 following the signs for Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. Follow the signs into Canyonlands stopping at the gate to pay fee. In the winter and shoulder seasons, payment may be made at the Visitors Center further up the road. Lathrop Canyon Trail is three miles past the Visitors Center on the left. 

Entrance to the park is $10 for a vehicle and is valid for 7 days, Motorcycles are $5 each and entrance is valid for 7 days. Per person with no vehicle (bicycle) or parties of one are $5 and is valid for 7 days. Check the Park’s website as some days of the year such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Veteran’s Day are free.

No dogs are allowed on this trail. Do not leave dog in car while hiking.

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Lathrop Canyon

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