Moses and Zeus

Moab, Utah

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The landscape at the end of the Taylor Canyon Road is dominated by four slender spires of sandstone that beg to be investigated. The tallest pinnacle rises 410 feet from its base, or 930 above the end of the road, and with a little imagination it is easy to see why the spire was named Moses. It really does look like an old man wearing a long robe slightly hunched over as he gazes down upon the smaller figure, Zeus, in front of him. It is not clear why Moses would be talking to Zeus, but his posture is very solemn and reverent, as if he were about to utter something of great importance. Like most of the pinnacles in Canyonlands, these landmarks have been carved from the Wingate Formation, a hard, thick layer of dense ruddy sandstone that for some reason tends to fracture along vertical planes. They are the eroded remains of a long point of land that once protruded from the south side of Horsethief Mesa. Trail: Steep and rocky, but mostly easy to follow.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

The landscape at the end of the Taylor Canyon Road is dominated by four slender spires of sandstone that beg to be investigated. The tallest pinnacle rises 410 feet from its base, or 930 above the end of the road, and with a little imagination it is easy to see why the spire was named Moses. It really does look like an old man wearing a long robe slightly hunched over as he gazes down upon the smaller figure, Zeus, in front of him. It is not clear why Moses would be talking to Zeus, but his posture is very solemn and reverent, as if he were about to utter something of great importance.

Like most of the pinnacles in Canyonlands, these landmarks have been carved from the Wingate Formation, a hard, thick layer of dense ruddy sandstone that for some reason tends to fracture along vertical planes. They are the eroded remains of a long point of land that once protruded from the south side of Horsethief Mesa. Trail: Steep and rocky, but mostly easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 1.8
Elevation Gain: 560 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,220 feet
Top Elevation: 4,780 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Upheaval Dome
Driving Directions: Directions to Moses and Zeus

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