Lathrop Canyon

4.6/5 (10 reviews)
Lathrop Canyon is one of the few trails that branches off of the White Rim Trail. The drive through the canyon is quite fun, and it ends at the only point in Canyonlands where you can drive up to the Colorado River. The canyon, as well as the nearby hiking trail, are named after Howard Lathrop, wh...Read More
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Highlights of Lathrop Canyon

Desert Category IconDesert
Sand Category IconSand
Scenic Category IconScenic
Wash Category IconWash
Highest Elevation
4396 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
Lathrop Canyon Road
Nearest Town
Moab
Nearest Services
Moab
Management Agency
Canyonlands National Park
District
Island in the Sky District

Overview

Lathrop Canyon is one of the few trails that branches off of the White Rim Trail. The drive through the canyon is quite fun, and it ends at the only point in Canyonlands where you can drive up to the Colorado River. The canyon, as well as the nearby hiking trail, are named after Howard Lathrop, who in 1939 was given a winter allotment by the US Grazing Service for his sheep. In 1953, the trail was used by uranium prospectors to obtain water from the Colorado River for their mining operations. Lathrop Canyon is a great addition to your day in Canyonlands, especially if it’s hot and you want to cool off in the river or under some shady trees.

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6 Waypoints
20 Trail Photos
3 Trail Concerns
10 Community Reviews
1 Video
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