Moonflower Canyon Trail

Moab, Utah

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Moab Field Office, 82 E. Dogwood, Moab 84532; (435) 259-2100; www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab.html
Local Maps: USGS Moab, Moab Trails Illustrated Explorer
Driving Directions: Directions to Moonflower Canyon Trail

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May 2018