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This trail leads through a narrow slot between two fins at its western end then follows the southern boundary of Chesler Park and passes several backcountry campsites before leading eastward to Elephant Canyon.

The Joint Trail leads two and a half miles eastward from a four-wheel drive road south of Chesler Park. The trail joins the Chesler Park Trail one and a half miles from its trailhead and terminates at the Druid Arch Trail. Several camping sites lie along this route in Chesler Park.

This trail begins in the fins southwest of Chesler Park. It can be accessed from Chesler Park and the Devils Lane four-wheel drive road. The beginning of the trail leads through a narrow opening between two fins. This is the highlight of this short trail, although backpackers will find it impossible to navigate. It's best explored with a light load.

Once out of the rocks the trail leads around the southeastern corner of Chesler Park to meet the Chesler Park Trail. At this junction is the access trail to campsites CP2, 3, 4 and 5. From this junction bear east, right, and ascend approximately 200 feet to a slickrock ridge between Chesler Park and Elephant Canyon. The route descends for a half mile from this high point into Elephant Canyon. One mile from Chesler Park the Joint Trail ends at Druid Arch Trail.

Directions: From Needles Visitor Center, Follow the main park road to Squaw Flat Campground. Bear right onto Elephant Hill access road and follow that 2 miles to the trailhead. Follow Chesler Park Trail 2.9 miles to Chesler Park. At this junction turn left to reach the middle of the Joint Trail east of the narrows.

Elevation: 5,360 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,220 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Easy

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Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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