The less-traveled 1 mile Homestead Trail takes off just before the bridge after entering the park.
You get there by either the Canyon Trail or the Chute Trail from the Overlook just past the Welcome Center. Continue through the helipad area, going through the marked trail opening in the fence to follow the path by the river.
It starts out flat and easy for the first .5 miles. Along the way you’ll have views across the river of the climbers on the Red Wall.
Opportunities abound to spot wildlife, both in the water, and flying overhead. As well as the occasional marmot, rabbit or snake.
As you approach the bend of the horse ford, you can make a sharp right to start your ascent up and out of the park. We encourage you to continue on past it though.
You can explore unidentified trails for a nice picnic among the boulders by the rushing waters of the river gorge. Completing the loop of the unidentified trail puts you back on the main Homestead Trail. It begins its steep climb for .24 miles along switchbacks that provide great views of the Monument area and the river below.
Once you reach the parking level, you can continue straight down the gravel path. Go past the amphitheater viewpoint and exit into the Turnaround Parking area. From there it’s a 10-minute walk back to the Welcome Center.
See TIP below to check out the North Point Trail while you're there.
TIP: CHECK OUT THE VIEWS AT THE NORTHERN POINT
We recommend you hang a left at the junction when you reach the parking level, to join up with the flat, .33 mile North Point Trail loop.
Spectacular views are plentiful when you are on top of the Northern Point, another popular climbing area. During nesting season have binoculars to spot the eagles on the Monument walls. Just be careful to keep children and pets close when you get to the unconnected rock columns along the ridge.
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