Alcove Spring Trail

Moab, Utah 84532

Alcove Spring Trail

Alcove Spring Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Alcove Spring undoubtedly played an important roll in the lives of the prehistoric peoples of Canyonlands. The Anasazi Indians who lived in the canyons made frequent trips to the Island in the Sky Mesa for hunting and gathering purposes, but water is scarce on the mesa top because most of the springs are located far below the rim.

Alcove Spring is unique because it is so easily accessible from the mesa. The Indians could always count on finding water there-even in late summer. This spring was also well known to the sheep and cattle ranchers who grazed their animals in the area from the late 1800s. The present trail was probably built during the early 1900s by cattlemen in order to provide water for the livestock, but the details of its construction have been lost to history. Many people walk this trail only as far as the spring before returning to the trailhead, and if you choose to do that the hike is relatively easy."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,470 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
8 hours
Year-round, best spring and fall
5,690 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,690 feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Upheaval Dome
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018