Lavender Canyon

Moab, Utah 84532

Lavender Canyon

Lavender Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"See Six-Shooter Peaks, Cleft and Caterpillar Arches, and the high colorful walls of Lavender Canyon. Enjoy solitude in an area where you seldom see another vehicle. There are Indian ruins along the base of the canyon walls. Stop periodically to hike and search for them. This trail requires a special permit. Even if you have reservations, you must pick up the permit and a combination to the locked gate at the visitor center. No permit is required to hike but one is required to camp overnight. No pets or firearms. Pack out all trash. Follows the broad, sandy floor of Lavender Canyon. When dry, the sand can be difficult. Air down if necessary. Stay out of the canyon in the spring and after heavy rains when high water is likely.

If heavy thunderstorms are predicted, plan your trip another day. If a flash flood should occur when you’re in the canyon, get out of your vehicle and climb to higher ground. The trail includes two crossings of Indian Creek, which can also be deep at times. This is an extremely remote area; travel with another vehicle. Suitable for stock vehicles under ideal conditions. Carry at least one gallon of drinking water per person per day. The route is fairly obvious as it follows a natural stream bed, but side canyons can be confusing. Watch your mileage and follow directions carefully."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
4 hours
Best in spring and fall
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS North Six-Shooter Peak, South Six-Shooter Peak, Harts Point South; Trails Illustrated Canyonlands National Park #211
Local Maps