Best Easy Day Hikes Moab  by Stewart M. Green

Best Easy Day Hikes: Moab Guide Book

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Moab  by Stewart M. Green
Moab—there’s a lot of magic in that name. It conjures up bare-bones landscapes of stunning beauty, deep canyons excavated by the Colorado River, distant vistas of peak and plain, long cliff bands of multicolored sandstone, and soaring towers and arches that scrape against the blue sky. The Moab area, with its vast uninhabited tracts of sandstone canyons, cliffs, and mesas, is an outdoor paradise for hikers.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Moab" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 29.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 29.

This primitive trail makes a wide loop through rocky hills and valleys in the Richardson Amphitheater east of Moab. The 3-mile Amphitheater Loop Trail makes an open loop through the wide Richardson Amphitheater south of the Colorado River. This great hike offers a wilderness experience close to UT 128 but is not recommended for beginning hikers. The trail can be hard to follow at times, particularly after rain storms, which may wash away parts of the trail and the cairns which mark it. The trail is, however, close to the highway and crosses open land with broad views, making it difficult to get lost.
Moab, UT - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3
Easy hiking on a sandy trail leads to a scramble up the slickrock flank of Aztec Dome to several Native American ruins below the flat summit. The mile-long Aztec Butte Trail climbs to the flat summit of 6,312-foot Aztec Butte, one of the highest points on the Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park. The trail offers easy hiking on a sandy trail and then scrambles up slickrock slabs to the flat summit. The hike highlights are great views and several ancient granaries used by Ancestral Puebloan people over 1,000 years ago.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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This short hike encircles Balanced Rock, one of Arches Park’s most precarious rock features. Its first section accommodates wheelchair users. The easy 0.3-mile Balanced Rock Trail encircles Balanced Rock just off the park road west of The Windows section of Arches National Park. The concrete first section of the trail is wheelchair accessible. The rest of the trail is a doubletrack dirt and slickrock path that is lined with boulders. Start the hike at the trailhead on the northeast side of the parking area.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
This easy scenic hike reaches a couple of unique arches in the southern sector of Devil’s Garden, an area well known for its eroded rock fins and canyons. This hike combines the 0.15-mile Sand Dune Arch and 0.65-mile Broken Arch Trails into a 1.7-mile scenic hike among sandstone fins and across a southern part of Devil’s Garden. For a longer hike you can add a 0.7-mile loop from Broken Arch to the park campground then back to Broken Arch Trail. Broken Arch and Sand Dune Arch Trails. Both trails are easy to follow and have either a dirt or sand surface. The short Sand Dune Arch Trail is especially popular with kids, who enjoy playing in the sand below the arch.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
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This short uphill hike takes you to one of Utah’s best dinosaur trackways. The Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trail ascends the slabby western flank of Copper Ridge for 0.15 mile to the Copper Ridge Sauropod Tracksite, one of the most unusual dinosaur sites in the Moab area. The trail, a couple of miles east of US 191, offers a unique glimpse into the distant past when this area was a vast low-lying landscape of broad rivers, swamps, and dense tropical forests. If you hiked the short Dinosaur Tracks Trail at the Poison Spider Mesa trailhead south of Moab along the Colorado River, then you need to drive north to do this short hike to a better trackway.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
This excellent hike above the Colorado River Canyon leads to three arches, including Corona Arch, one of the largest arches in the Moab area. The Corona Arch Trail is a great 3-mile hike to one of the largest and most spectacular arches near Moab. Corona Arch, also called Little Rainbow Bridge, is your final destination, but the trail also passes Pinto Arch and Bowtie Arch along the way.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This easy loop around the airy perimeter of Dead Horse Point offers stunning panoramic views. This short, easy trail explores the southern rim of Dead Horse Point, a high, narrow peninsula surrounded by vertical sandstone cliffs, and offers some of the most spectacular panoramic viewpoints in the Moab area. The trail lies in 5,362-acre Dead Horse Point State Park, northeast of the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park and 12 air miles southwest of Moab. The park is a visitor friendly destination with 10 miles of hiking trails, mountain bike trails, a twenty-one-site campground, picnic areas, and a visitor center.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
This excellent hike takes you up a steep trail to Delicate Arch, Moab’s most famous arch. This excellent 1.5-mile trail, one of Moab’s best hikes, ends at Delicate Arch, an iconic Utah landmark that symbolizes the red-rock canyon country. You may have seen it on postage stamps or Utah license plates, but nothing is like seeing it up close and in person. This excellent 1.5-mile trail, one of Moab’s best hikes, ends at Delicate Arch, an iconic Utah landmark that symbolizes the red-rock canyon country. You may have seen it on postage stamps or Utah license plates, but nothing is like seeing it up close and in person. This popular trail is easy to follow, with some sections marked with cairns, and is moderate in difficulty. The uphill trail gains 530 feet, mostly up a sloping slickrock slab with a gradual grade.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This excellent backcountry hike leads you past pinnacles and through a maze of fins to a hidden arch in the remote Klondike Bluffs sector of Arches National Park. The Devil’s Garden Trail, along with the Delicate Arch Trail, is simply not to be missed by any Arches hiker. The hike explores a maze of fins that contains the most concentrated collection of arches in the world, including Landscape Arch, considered the world’s longest natural arch. This hike takes you to Landscape as well as Pine Tree and Tunnel Arches. If you also do the 2.9-mile primitive loop trail beyond Landscape Arch, you’ll see Wall, Partition, Navajo, Double O, and Private Arches as well as several smaller ones if you look carefully.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
Families with dinosaur enthusiasts (of all ages) will enjoy this interesting short hike to a large boulder with dinosaur tracks above the Colorado River. The Dinosaur Tracks Trail is a short, easy hike to a unique dinosaur trackway on a tilted boulder face above the Colorado River. The site, an open-air museum, offers a unique view into ancient lives that occupied an alien world at this very spot on the planet. Before hiking to the trackway, locate the flat angled rock face that harbors it on the cliff terraces opposite the pit toilet and the trailhead. The obvious boulder is poised on the skyline above a couple cliff bands.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.2
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The hike to Double Arch is short and easy. Tucked into a sweeping sandstone amphitheater, this arch is one of the most unusual in Arches National Park. The Double Arch Trail is an easy hike on a sandy trail to twin arches that span a wide amphitheater. Combine this short hike with The Windows Trail for a spectacular look at some of the park’s largest arches. Start at the trailhead on the right side of the parking area. Interpretative signs explain how Double Arch formed and detail the trail. The wide dirt trail heads northwest, descending into a sandy wash. Double Arch is directly ahead on the south side of Elephant Butte, the 5,653-foot high point of Arches National Park.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
A maze of soaring sandstone towers surrounds you on this moderate hike to a high ridge above Onion Creek. The Fisher Towers Trail explores the Fisher Towers, one of the Utah canyon country’s most bizarre landscapes. The area is a maze of soaring fins, pinnacles, minarets, gargoyles, spires, and strangely shaped rock formations east of Moab. The towers, soaring monuments to erosion, are composed of dark red Cutler sandstone topped by harder Moenkopi sandstone and draped with mud curtains.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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An easy hike along the airy rim at the southern tip of Canyonlands National Park’s Island in the Sky plateau takes you to a lofty overlook. The Grand View Point Trail, following first the eastern rim and then the western rim of the Island in the Sky is an easy hike that ends at an airy viewpoint near the southern tip of the Island. The trail is mostly flat, crossing expanses of slickrock pavement and dirt sections. It may be hard to follow in a couple of spots, but the trail is generously marked with cairns. The first 300 feet of the trail from the parking area to Grand View Point Overlook is a concrete sidewalk that is wheelchair accessible.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
A steep hike leads to a hidden valley high above Moab and Spanish Valley. After climbing quickly to the valley, the trail traverses it below gorgeous, towering cliffs. The Hidden Valley Trail, a wonderful adventure hike in the cliffs directly south of Moab, is a trail of two faces. The first trail section is rough, rocky, and difficult, sharply climbing almost 600 feet in its first 0.6 mile. Above that the singletrack trail enters Hidden Valley and levels out with gradual grades and an even dirt surface. Take your time on the uphill and you’ll be rewarded with scenic views, solitude, and a fine rock art panel. The trail is hot during the warm months. Hike during the afternoon when the lower part of the trail lies in the shade of the cliffs above. Bring plenty of water, use sunscreen, and wear a hat. Little shade is found along the trail.
Moab, UT - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
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This excellent out-and-back trail leads up a canyon lined with towering sandstone cliffs. The Hunter Canyon Trail offers a wonderful out-and-back hike up a deep, twisting canyon lined with towering sandstone cliffs. A small spring-fed creek runs most of the year, pooling in stone basins and cascading over ledges. Dense vegetation, including willow and tamarisk, fills the canyon floor in places but the trail cuts through it. In other spots the creek bed has been rearranged by summer floods, so if you lose the trail or it has been washed out, just continue up the bed and you’ll find the trail again.
Moab, UT - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.4
This primitive hike takes you up a narrow cliff-lined canyon with dense vegetation and pools of water formed by beaver dams. The Lower Courthouse Wash Trail winds up the floor of a twisting, cliff-lined canyon, offering a good backcountry adventure on the southern edge of Arches National Park. The hike, starting on US 191 rather than in the park, is easily accessible from Moab. Water is usually found in the canyon, especially after summer thunderstorms and during the spring. Beavers have dammed some sections of the canyon, creating great pools of water.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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This short, easy hike takes you to spectacular Mesa Arch and an overlook above the Colorado River Canyon. The short Mesa Arch Trail makes an open loop across the eastern edge of the Island in the Sky, a lofty mesa rimmed with vertical cliffs, ending at Mesa Arch and one of Canyonlands National Park’s most dramatic scenic views. The wide, easy to follow trail, with a sand and slickrock surface, is marked by occasional cairns or rock piles and dried wood alongside it. The short Mesa Arch Trail makes an open loop across the eastern edge of the Island in the Sky, a lofty mesa rimmed with vertical cliffs, ending at Mesa Arch and one of Canyonlands National Park’s most dramatic scenic views. The wide, easy-to-follow trail, with a sand and slickrock surface, is marked by occasional cairns or rock piles and dried wood alongside it. The trail ends abruptly at the unfenced edge of a 500-foot-high cliff below Mesa Arch.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
Discover dinosaur bones and petrified wood on this short interpretive hike in Morrison Formation sandstone above a shallow valley northwest of Moab. The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail is like walking through a natural history museum, except all the exhibits are outside. No panes of glass or partitions separate you from experiencing this wonderful outdoor display of dinosaur bones and petrified wood. This unique trail, which offers a look at a lost world filled with extinct creatures, is a hit with anyone who loves dinosaurs. Its short length makes it especially attractive to dinosaur lovers who happen to be kids. The trail explores the Morrison Formation, a widespread rock formation composed of mudstone, siltstone, and sandstone deposited 150 million years ago during the Jurassic Period on broad low-lying plains laced by meandering rivers and covered with dense forests, lakes, and swamps.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
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Enjoy views of a spectacular cliff-lined canyon on this easy hike along a perennial creek. The Mill Creek Trail follows Mill Creek, a perennial stream that begins high in the La Sal Mountains, through a deep sandstone canyon east of Moab. The described easy hike follows the trail for 0.7 mile to the fork between Mill Creek and the North Fork of Mill Creek. Watch the weather and get out of the canyon during thunderstorms. Mill Creek drains a large area and any heavy rain upstream can cause flooding. In the event of flooding, climb to higher ground. Also avoid poison ivy.The hike ends below a couple of popular swimming holes.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
This short hike, beginning near the Colorado River, leads up a shady, cliff-lined box canyon to a reflecting pool of water at the canyon’s end. The short Moonflower Canyon Trail explores a box canyon on the east side of the Colorado River just south of Moab. The trail threads up the narrow canyon, passing eight primitive campsites, until it ends at a cul-de-sac below steep Navajo sandstone cliffs. The canyon floor is shaded by tall cottonwoods. Water flows in the canyon after rain, especially at a rock-lined reflecting pool at the canyon’s end below a vertical pour-off. The trail is especially good in autumn when the cottonwoods blaze yellow and in summer when they provide welcome shade.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
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