This trail leads through the relatively flat area north of the needles and grabens. It extends westward from the end of the main park road five and a half miles with very little elevation gain. The trail crosses tow canyons and follows a four-wheel drive road to reach an overlook of the Green and Colorado Rivers confluence. There is very little shade along this route so hikers should bring at least three liters of water and food if hiking during the day. Permits are available at the visitor center for overnight stays along this track.
Begin the Confluence Overlook Trail from the Big Spring Trailhead at the western end of the paved park road. The trail crosses Big Spring Canyon upon leaving the trailhead. It then ascends westward to reach a high point of 5,070 feet before descending slightly into Elephant Canyon. After ascending out of this drainage the track traverses some level ground before crossing a four-wheel drive road.
The track turns northward for a half mile before it comes to a junction with the four-wheel drive road and Cyclone Canyon Trail. Bear right at this junction and follow the four-wheel drive road for less than a half mile to its end. The trail continues as a single track for another half mile to the overlook above the Green and Colorado Rivers confluence.
Directions: From Needles Visitor Center, Drive westward on the main park road to roads end. The trail begins at the Big Spring Trailhead.
Elevation: 4,880 feet
Ending Elevation: 4,800 feet
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