Cave Spring, Canyonlands National Park

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Cave Springs Cowboy Camp was a line camp operated by the Scorup-Sommerville Cattle Company in what would become Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The site consists of a cave-like shelter under a rock overhang on the side of a small canyon. The canyon was arranged with a fence across the opening that allowed its use as a cattle pen. The site contains a great deal of material that was abandoned as the site became disused. The shelter was used from the late 1890s through the late 1960s when the park was established.
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  • In 45 minutes without rush, moving successively from a camp cowboy to cave paintings, before to segue into a playful walk: two scales (without risk, our 4 year old daughter was able to climb without our help), a path made from cairns, the plants and animals on the way (rabbit, butterfly...). Short, varied, and with a lot of breaks in the shade of the rock shelters, what more in this remote part of Canyonlands Park (1.5 hours drive from Moab) less popular fact.
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  • Visited Canyonlands for the first time two weeks ago. I love this park. There are all levels of trails to suit your abilities. Cave Spring Trail follows a long, overhanging cliff that shelters an old ...  more »
  • This 0.6 mile (1.0k) loop trail, with its trailhead located at the end of the 1.0 mile long (1.6k), unpaved Cave Spring Road which is passable in an ordinary passenger vehicle, is the best of the four...  more »

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Where to stay in Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park offers camping in two first-come, first-served campgrounds and various primitive sites throughout the park. Most park visitors opt to stay in the nearby town of Moab, which offers plenty of places to rest in the form of national chain motels, rustic inns with a Southwestern vibe, and lodges. A few bed and breakfasts sit north and south of town on the way to the park, and a couple of ranches and lodges lie a bit farther from town, offering more luxurious digs in the majestic setting of southern Utah's high desert.
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